Arranging Ideas Grab Bag, Dec. 7

Here are some items related to the theme of “arranging ideas” (information management, design, and architecture) that have caught my attention recently

TOP OF THIS LIST: InfoYou: Assessing and Addressing Information Overload. Over at Metaforix (one of my favorite blogs), Lois Ambash is developing a new service for coping with information overload. I was one of the pilot-testers for her survey, and I recommend taking it. It’s very interesting!

Read the rest of this list…

  1. Attention.XML : This open standard, built on open source code, “helps you keep track of what you’ve read, what you’re spending time on, and what you should be paying attention to.”
  2. Home Alone? How Content Aggregators Change Navigation and Control of Content, by Joshua Porter, Digital Web Magazine, Nov. 3. A thoughtful discussion of how home pages are becoming increasingly irrelevant to web site navigation. Good suggestions on non-home-page-focused approaches to site navigation.
  3. Weblog fantasy stock market yields blog taxonomy, of sorts: This is really neat. In Amusing Time-Sink and A-1 Blog Directory, posted Dec. 2, Allan Jenkins mentioned Blogshares, which bills itself as “a fantasy stock market for weblogs. Players get to invest a fictional $500, and blogs are valued by inbound links.” Now that’s kind of interesting, but what grabbed my attention is what Allan noticed. He wrote, “For the ‘market’ to work, blogs must be filed and catalogued into various ‘industries,’ which can range from the language of the blog (English, French), to the subject (Advertising, Cooking), to the location of the blogger (Russia, North Carolina). Players make these assignments by ‘voting’ on a blog’s industry (and thereby earn the ever-valuable ‘chips’). It’s not a Blog-taxonomy-Wiki, but it has every attribute of one. The result: a complex, comprehensive directory of the most active part of the blogosphere.”
  4. Information Architecture Library, a great collection of resources from the Asilomar Institute for Information Architecture

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  1. Amy,

    I really appreciate your spreading the word about the InfoYou survey, as well as your kind words about the Metaforix@ blog. We’re hoping for a large turnout of survey-takers so that the “information tool kits” we produce as a result will do as much as possible to reduce infostress and improve productivity.

    I just want to dangle one more incentive for completing the survey. Everyone who does complete it may download a thank-you PDF: “Infomaven’s Top Ten Free and Inexpensive Tools for Taming Information Overload Online.” You’ve already completed the survey, Amy, so I’m sending you the link in a private e-mail.

    Thanks again,