Subject: Findability
From: oudeis <oudeis -at- tampabay -dot- rr -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:48:53 -0400

Interesting resource:

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
This website is a selective, seriously incomplete, and perpetually evolving collection of links to people, software, organizations, and content related to findability.

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 resources.


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