On information architecture and content management

(a little annotated reading list)

Nothing new here.
(Although if you find this useful and I don’t know you, please do say Hi in the comments).

I plan to post an evaluation of the tablet-readiness of WordPress for content management (Update: posted May 28). I expect visitors to that post will already appreciate what content management is, the role of information architecture in content management and what information architects look for in content management software. (Because it seems unlikely they would find the post if they didn’t).  It certainly would not be efficient for anyone were I to rehash what has already been so well written, and so readily available with Google.

Nevertheless, just-in-case, starter background reading for you:

What is a content management system?

A good place to start is Steve Williams’ presentation (embedded here with permission):

Of course there is more to it, and Steve has further answers at Enterprise Content Management. He does say ‘system’ where I would say ‘software’ (because that which I think of as ‘system’ he appears to see under ‘management’), but that is not important. The site is a neat {yes: pretty 🙂 but also both concise and thorough} reader on the varieties of content management: Enterprise, Web, Digital Documents, Digital Assets, Digital Records, and Business Processes.

Information architecture ensures better content management

Masood Nasser[1] explained the role of information architecture as the crucial factor which aligns three other crucial factors: content producers, mission critical content and approval & editorial systems; to an organisation’s individual content management needs.

Seth Earley[2] explained the role of information architecture in content management as making content findable through “tuned search, metadata and tagging, faceted search, term expansion and disambiguation, and results clustering” (in a 2007 slideshare uploaded by Scott Abel) .

What do information architects want – in content management software?

It depends.

Yes … really … you won’t get an easier answer. Though there are longer more detailed ones:

Rand Fishkin[3] published (at SEOmoz in 2008) a neat flow chart to guide webmasters on deciding whether they need a CMS, and then identified 12 important aspects of a CMS to manage for search engine optimisation.

Do you need to update your content more than once a month

The first question Rand Fishkin suggests when choosing whether you need a CMS, kwouted from Choosing the Right CMS Platform for Your Website (from an SEO perspective) by Rand Fishkin at SEOmoz, January 28, 2008.

Paul Boag[4] concluded that his list of 10 features or functionality to consider in choosing a CMS was only one aspect, with “issues such as licensing, support, accessibility, security, training and [more]” also important.

That’s all for now, but back soon with more background reading on whether WordPress counts as content management software.

References
  1. Nasser, M. (2007, March 6). Better content management through information architecture. Boxes and Arrows. Retrieved from http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/better-content ___
  2. Earley, S. (2007, November 13). Improving findability: The role of information architecture in effective search. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/abelsp/improving-findability-the-role-of-information-architecture-in-effective-search ___
  3. Fishkin, R. (2008, January 28). Choosing the right CMS platform for your website (from an SEO perspective). SEOmoz. Retrieved from http://www.seomoz.org/blog/choosing-the-right-cms-platform-for-your-website-from-an-seo-perspective ___
  4. Boag, P. (2009, March 5). 10 Things to consider when choosing the perfect CMS. Smashing Coding. Retrieved from http://coding.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/05/10-things-to-consider-when-choosing-the-perfect-cms/ ___
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Labelled variously: Mica, Michaelina, Mum, dag. Librarian (AALIA) in Victoria, Australia.

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