Information Architecture seems quite similar to Technical Writing

Subject: Information Architecture seems quite similar to Technical Writing
From: David Farbey <dfarbey -at- yahoo -dot- co -dot- uk>
To: "mbaker -at- analecta -dot- com" <mbaker -at- analecta -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2016 23:52:48 +0000

I've just come across this discussion of Information Architecture published
last week on the "

http://alistapart.com/article/pain-with-no-name

On Sunday, 14 February 2016, <mbaker -at- analecta -dot- com
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','mbaker -at- analecta -dot- com');>> wrote:

> What it should be, though, is neither of these things. In the paper world,
> authors were responsible for the organization and connectivity of
> information within a book and librarians were responsible for finding books
> on shelves. No one was responsible for the overall organization and
> connectivity of an organization's information as a whole because there was
> not effective technological means to organize and connect that much
> information into an integrated and navigable whole.
>
> In the digital world, the technological means exists, and reader's
> expectations have changed to expect that kind of integration and
> connectivity and the one-stop information shopping that comes with it.
>
> Unfortunately, our authoring processes and tools, and our traditions of
> information design, have not kept up and largely do not fit with that
> model. Information architecture should be about changing all that. What we
> see too often though is that people create the job title but don't change
> their tools or their design habits to match. Many of the tool changes that
> people are making today are more about doing the old thing for less money
> than about doing the new thing. All of which, I think, contributes to a
> lack of clarity about what the role of an information architect is or
> should be.
>
> In short, it is not enough to give someone the title of information
> architect. You actually need to build an information architecture. But what
> many organizations are building is not an information architecture, but a
> content assembly line.
>
> Mark
>
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> Writing
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> While I've seen Information Architect used as a synonym for the sort of
> planning work that a senior tech writer or a doc manager may do, I have
> also seen it used for the job of designing data structures and other
> back-end features of web sites and systems.
>
> I've also noticed that information architects appear to be better paid
> than technical writers...
>
> David
>
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References:
Information Architecture seems quite similar to Technical Writing: From: Cardimon, Craig
Re: Information Architecture seems quite similar to Technical Writing: From: Robin Whitmore
RE: Information Architecture seems quite similar to Technical Writing: From: Cardimon, Craig
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Re: Information Architecture seems quite similar to Technical Writing: From: Michael McCallister
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