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A Definition of Information Architecture


-Structuring and organizing information

Information architecture is a practice that plans and shapes the act of communication at the strategic or contextual level of design structure (organizing the system that contains the information or data). It involves building artificial forms house their contents in an organized, systematic and purposed fashion.

Functional issues of connection and relationship are especially important to Information architecture work (how structures help their contents be seen as connected). Information architects act in a particularly strategic fashion. They devise their systems or structures based on the:
• Functional needs of users as discovered through human factors research,
• Business and administration models, and
• Technology constraints.