April 22, 2003 at 10:07 AM
Ok, this falls under "IA tools you can use". Dan Willis has created a downloadable and printable PDF document that explains IA tools in comic book form. Yes, you read that correctly. These are actually quite handy in explaining what work and deliverables need to be done on a web site if they want it to have good information architecture. It's easier for me to just show you than to try an explain it: "IA Classics: Tools of the Trade in Comic Book Form". Also in this issue of Boxes and Arrows is an article on "Building a Metadata-Based Website" by Brett Lider and Anca Mosoiu which covers topics such as the advantages and disadvantages of a traditional CMS, the differences between metadata-based websites and a traditional CMS, some definitions and a case study.