Course Over

I have completed 3623ICT and I sat the final exam last week. I am quite sure I passed.

If I do have more to say on Content Management or Information Architecture I may post it here (or not). My main blog is over at DDEVnet.net.

This site will stay up for the forseeable future as the upkeep of this site is basically non-existent (yay for statically compiled sites!). I cant' gaurantee that the comments will be persistent as the system that handles them is out of my control.

I tried to write my posts in a generic manner in the hope that they would be useful to somebody in the future! Feel free to link to them.

Context, Users and Content in Context

When designing an website it is imperative that some basic Information Architecture principles are taken into account. Our good friends Context, Users and Content need to be considered if you are to have a effective website that is worthy of your audience's time and your effort (and money).

In this post I'll put into practice some concepts and tasks that are employed in the research and strategy development stages of a website design. I hope this practical context can help you can grasp what considerations are required and how to go about expressing them.

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A Look at Information Architecture: Ordering, Labelling and Navigation Systems

An Information Architect is somebody who organises information. The course text for 3623ICT uses the phrase "Internet librarian" at one point - which I feel really helps the average person grok the meaning of the title, although technically an Information Architect doesn't always work on Internet connected content.

Information Architecture views: Users, Context and Content.

The Information Archictecture Summoning Circle. Just add goat.

In this post I describe the role an Information Architect plays and touch on some of the problems they may deal with and conclusions they may come to.

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Useful Data is the Future

The Internet is a series of tubes... That pour data into silos to be stored indefinitely and never looked at again. The Semantic Web looks to help fix this problem by making data more useful, often in hand with movements such as The Internet of Things and decentralisation and federation projects.

Web 2.0 services have created a series of walled gardens/silos.

Web 2.0 services have created a series of walled gardens and data silos (Source).

But what is wrong with Web 2.0? A somewhat cynical answer is that the Web 2.0 era is the Internet's equivalent of the Baby Boomer era -- great, but from a time bygone and now we have to hoist our breeches and move on. We have a lot of work to do before progressing into the next era and beyond.

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Terms and Conditions & Privacy Policy: Twitter

As part of 3623ICT Information and Content Management we are required to read the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies for a social network. What I found turned out to be mildly interesting (and a pain to write up) as you can see from the source file linked at the end. Twitter's T&C and Privacy Policy reveal the good, bad, ugly and interesting aspects of their network.

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ownCloud News

I have been using various feed readers on and off for a few years. Most of the time my feed reader usage stopped when my morning routine changed or when I reformatted my computer and forgot to back up my reader; or sometimes both. Of course I could have used an agile and dependable cloud based solution like the defunct Google Reader, like every other pleb, but I rather not have a profile built on my reading habits thank-you-very-much. I started running ownCloud and a while later ownCloud News became available and so I eschewed the encumberments of a local feed reader. So what is ownCloud News and why do I use it?

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Hello World

I am a Bachelor of Engineering (Software Engineering) student at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. I am in my 3rd year, but how long until I graduate is a little tricky to judge because unlike many of my peers I'm not in a race to graduate. I do 30 Credit Points of courses per semester in the order I find convenient. I chose to do university not because I had no idea what else to do or because it was expected of me, but because it is a helpful tool to aid me with my personal interests however, don't get me started on the design of this particular tool (hint: It's broken).

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