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I saw it on Marylaine Block's Neat, New & Ex Libris newsletter. Block
introduced the site with this blurb: ""a selective, seriously incomplete,
and perpetually evolving collection of links to people, software,
organizations, and content related to findability" with the goal of placing
"findability on a par with usability, where it belongs."
From the FAQ:
What is findability?
Findability refers to the quality of being locatable or navigable. At the
item level, we can evaluate to what degree a particular object is easy to
discover or locate. At the system level, we can analyze how well a physical
or digital environment supports navigation and retrieval.
Is findability limited to the Web?
No. The concept of findability is universal and timeless. However, with a
distributed, heterogeneous collection of several billion items, the Web
does present unique and important findability challenges.
Is findabilty a synonym for IA?
No. Information architecture is a discipline concerned with the structural
and semantic design of shared information spaces. Findability is a goal of
IA, along with usability, desirability, credibility, and accessibility.
Many people contribute to the findability of websites and intranets,
including writers, designers, and developers.
What is findability.org?
This website is a selective, seriously incomplete, and perpetually evolving
collection of links to people, software, organizations, and content related
What is the purpose of this website?
First, to place findability on a par with usability, where it belongs.
Second, to serve as a complex query, run against the brains of users, who
will hopefully contribute additional ideas, definitions, categories, and
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