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Content Management for Dynamic Web Delivery

Chapter 4: Creating an Information Model

Funny. Here is what our customers need to know and not one group even comes close to this!
Funny. Here is what our customers need to know and not one group even comes close to this!

An Information Model provides the framework for organizing your content so that it can be delivered and reused in a variety of innovative ways. Once you have created an Information Model for your content repository, you will be able to label information in ways that will enhance search and retrieval, making it possible for authors and users to find the information resources they need quickly and easily.

The Information Model is the ultimate content-management tool.

Creating your Information Model requires analysis, careful planning, and a lot of feedback from your user community. The analysis takes you into the world of those who need and use information resources every day. The planning means talking to a wide range of stakeholders, including both individuals and groups who have information needs and who would profit from collaboration in the development of information resources. Getting feedback requires that you test your Information Model with members of your user community to ensure that you haven't missed some important perspectives.

In this chapter, you learn

It's very easy to tell when a Web site you're trying to navigate has no underlying Information Model. Here are the tell-tale characteristics:

Sound familiar? What does it feel like when a well-designed Information Model is in place? Oddly enough, you generally don't notice a well-conceived Information Model because it simply doesn't get in the way of your search.

Did all of these pleasant experiences happen by accident? Not in the least. Finding the information you needed quickly and easily requires a great deal of advance planning. The basic planning and design tool is the Information Model.


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Created: February 6, 2002
Revised: February 6, 2002


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