Course highlights—independent of the subject matter:
- Marti took many questions both during and after the presentation to keep us engaged throughout the course.
- All of the presenters were well prepared to give their part of the presentation and knew the material inside out.
- The course, while originating in an academic environment, acknowledged the needs of practitioners by showing us how faceted metadata provides a solution that answers real users’ information-foraging problems and demonstrated two real-world applications of this solution: eBay Express and Endeca.
- The slides provided in the course materials contained enough information for someone who didn’t take the course to understand what was presented. This is especially important when reviewing the materials later, either for your own purposes or to share them with your coworkers.
- The course included a twenty-minute exercise, so attendees could make sense of all the different ways in which we could organize even small amounts of data.
A quick overview of the course goals:
- Introduce and explain an objective and systemized approach to creating information architectures for Web sites with large page inventories.
- Show how the approach accounts for the different ways in which users forage for information, based on their own domain knowledge.
- Demonstrate how to apply hierarchical metadata to large page inventories, to facilitate both searching and browsing.
Some key takeaways:
- Create two separate systems of classification for
- navigating categories (taxonomy)
- navigating, or filtering, products/documents (hierarchical metadata)
- Provide a user interface that allows users to
- track what they have selected so far
- easily make changes to their selections, without affecting other selections
- move easily between categories and products/documents
- Be careful to create a user interface that isn’t likely to produce empty result sets.