Information Architecture Fundamentals

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Information – both structured (data) and unstructured (documents, photos, etc) – is a crucial asset in any organisation, but how can it be designed, structured and classified to help organisations and their staff to make the most of that asset?

An information architecture can support information creation, findability, use, control and disposal by giving a holistic view of the information landscape and providing (primarily) semantic tools to support all aspects of the information lifecycle.

This two-day workshop will introduce participants to the design principles and approaches that underpin the creation of an architecture to support successful information systems and environments.

  • You will understand how to create an overview of all your organisation’s key content using tried and tested modelling techniques.
  • You will understand the activities needed to successfully prepare for and deploy information management systems.
  • You will have an appreciation of the kinds of semantic tools that support the information lifecycle.

Who should attend:

The course is suited to records, knowledge and information professionals and managers, as well as enterprise and other technical architects.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify steps required for designing a high quality information landscape
  • Describe the user and management benefits from creating a coherent information architecture
  • Appreciate the resources and effort required to successfully implement information architecture disciplines
  • Identify your organisation’s priorities and ways forward
  • Discuss and network with other information professionals facing the same issues

Course outline:    

  • Introduction
  • Modelling the information space
  • Information inventory
  • Findability and search
  • Metadata and taxonomy
  • Ontology
  • IA for the web and publishing
  • IA for knowledge and records management
  • The semantic user experience

Course format:

This is an interactive workshop with opportunities to discuss your questions and work scenarios. There will be a maximum of 16 people. 


Judi Vernau


Louise Mercer
Information Services Team Leader at DOC
Liz has a great strategic vision and can understand the needs of an organisation easily. Her experience in information management means that her aspirations are attainable and achievable, making her a very motivating person to work with.

Andrea Grover
Strategic Information Advisor at DOC
Liz has the ability to take abstract information concepts and develop them into strategic actions and core artefacts. She presents complex ideas in a coherent and concise way. Her information architecture skills have paved the way for information innovation at DOC.

Dyann Heward-Mills
Senior Privacy Counsel at GE Capital Corporation
Liz is a consummate professional and has a wealth of experience in the field of information architecture, governance and compliance. Liz's technical ability, coupled with her strategic vision, is much valued and I would not hesitate to recommend her expertise in this field.

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