Information Architecture

Information architecture is the art and science of organizing and labeling data including: websites, intranets, online communities, software, books, and other mediums of information, to develop usability and structural aesthetics.

Open Atrium 2 is built as a flexible framework, which means it’s an open slate to best fit the needs of your organization. However, there are a few questions you should ask yourself when initially planning the structure of your site.

  • What is the purpose of your website?

  • Who is your audience?

    • Examples include an anonymous user, a user within a particular interest group, specific geographical region, organizational hierarchy, or with a specific role

  • What content will your audience need?

  • How will your audience interact with that content?

Once you have the answers to those questions, you need to develop user interaction models and user stories. This could include some of the following:

  • Browsing/viewing content

  • Commenting and replying to a discussion

  • Registering for an event

  • Subscribing to content

  • Publishing content

  • Moderating content

There are a number of different patterns for information architecture, depending on the needs of your site. They are as follows:

Information Architecture Options Diagram

The best information architecture for an Open Atrium 2 site is that of a strict hierarchy, where there are homepages with specific subspaces and sections nested beneath.


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