In the world of Web 2.0, the role of Information Architects are getting
more important and complex than ever. What's been called social classification, ethnoclassification, folksonomy, freetagging and metadata for the masses have become the foundation for experience innovation.
Services like Flickr, del.icio.us and Furl are creating communal
classification schemes by aggregating tags, simple metadata added by
each system's users. The remarkable success of these services seems to
up-end traditional thinking about classification about what IAs learned
in school. What lessons can IAs learn from Flickr, del.icio.us and the
like? How is service design affecting the role of IAs? What about
portability and micro-contents? What are the new skills required? I
have prepared this presentation for an industry briefing, and if you'd
like, it is available for viewing below.