Ambient Findability has ratings and 85 reviews. Sarah said: Ambient Findability by Peter Morville is often used as a textbook in the reference cour. Peter Morville’s blog about information architecture, user experience, search, and findability. Ambient Findability. I have never For an information architect with library roots, the answer is obvious: ambient findability. by Peter Morville.

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How is it different from the concepts you learned and applied in library science? I first used the word in a presentation at the Information Architecture Summit in Ifndability. Findability takes us beyond usability and information architecture into findsbility realms of design, engineering and marketing. And it encompasses wayfinding and retrieval in physical and digital environments. So findability builds on the foundation of library science and human-computer interaction, but addresses the new challenges and opportunities of social software, collective intelligence and ubiquitous computing.

Ambient findability describes a world at the crossroads of ubiquitous computing and the Internet in which we can find anyone or anything from anywhere at anytime. Do you agree with him? Unfortunately, Tim is suffering from apophenia. I think he caught it from Ambiebt Shirky.

Ambient Findability: What We Find Changes Who We Become

I hope they both get well soon. People have been predicting the end of hierarchy since the beginning of hierarchy. In fact, I dedicate a whole chapter to explore the hyperbole that swirls around social software and the Semantic Web. The new rakes leaves together.

Because we know what happens to those piles of leaves we shuffle through each fall. And they return to the earth. Where they become food for trees. Which come in many colors, shapes, and sizes. And live a really, really, really long time. As long as humans use words to communicate, findability will remain imperfect. But in our lifetimes, we can probably expect a few more modest innovations like full-text search, the PageRank algorithm, controlled vocabularies, and user-contributed metadata.

In your book, you claim that users are often willing to sacrifice information quality for accessibility. Do users have enough awareness of authority to judge quality? My article on authority provoked a wonderful discussion on web4lib about this very question.

My sense is that many adults lack the information literacy skills needed to cope with a mediascape that enables us to select our sources and choose our news. With information gaining on us, are we destined to become satisficers? And if so, is this a bad thing?


We have always been satisficers. It confers competitive and evolutionary advantage. We satisfice to succeed. And I reject the conventional wisdom that suggests our information diet has been corrupted by the Web. To the contrary, the Web has radically improved global information access and source diversity and quality.

I can understand why an academic with access to vast ambisnt of books, journals, and findaiblity databases might sneer at the free Web. But these crown jewels of the ivory tower are unreachable by most people most of the time, and they always have been.

Of course, Google Print and Yahoo! Similarly, in social network analysisI noted that we use people to find content and content to find people. A blog post can serve as destination content and as descriptive metadata that makes the author more findable.

– by Peter Morville

In your book, you point out that the information in the Encyclopedia Britannica has a findability problem. If its findability were greater, would Wikipedia have a viable competitor on its hands? I think of the Encyclopaedia Britannica as a wonderful educational resource for kids. It explains important topics in a traditional manner that is clear, simple and safe. I did a great deal of research for my book. And I made extensive use of licensed findabjlity and full-text pfter.

But the Wikipedia was the single most useful source. Findability is only part of its success. So, in short, the answer is no. Wikipedia has nothing to fear from EB. Did you think about the findability of information within the book itself? Findabiljty did you do to make it more findability-friendly? As I note in the preface, the book is meant to be read in linear style from start to end. In the meantime, I rely on the free Search on Safari see the red box in the lower left for detailed lookup.

Of course, as an author, what I really want for Christmas is to have my book indexed by Google Print and Yahoo! What bugs you as being unfindable? What kind of information do you wish were more findable?

A few weeks ago, I visited our local shopping mall for the first and last time this year. So I had findabikity drag my body around the meatspace of the mall, and the whole time I just kept wishing that I could Google the Mall, and go home.

I ended up finding the shoes online at Amazon. What do you do to ensure that you yourself are more findable online? Semantic Studios and findability. And my email address has been public for years, which means I can easily be found by friends and clients and stalkers and spammers.


Sometimes, the real trick is becoming unfindable. HCI approaches are optimal for applications and interfaces where designers exercise great control over form and function. HII Human Information Interaction approaches are optimal for networked, transmedia systems where control is sacrificed for interoperability and findability.

Ambiwnt the crossroads finrability ubiquitous computing and the Internet, users may find and korville with objects through a variety of devices and interfaces. The context of use is difficult to predict mroville impossible to control.

Everyware is everywhere but we take this magic for granted.

Of course, not long after this becomes possible, it will be considered mundane. For many years, you were associated with the venerable polar bear. How does it feel to be associated with a lemur?

Laughing Lemur Contest Entries will be accepted through December 11, Peter Morville is widely recognized as a founding morgille of information architecture. Peter is president of Semantic Studiosco-founder of the Information Architecture Morilleand a faculty member at the University of Michigan. She plays the role of managing editor for fijdability online journals specifically, and, generally, oversees all online content and tools. Liz is an adjunct professor at the New School University, where she teaches design history.

Prior to BN, she enjoyed being at Razorfish, where she managed the information architecture group for the New York office. Liz Danzico is equal parts information architect, usability analyst, and editor. With nearly ten years of experience as a user experience professional, she makes information useful, usable, and delightful for websites ambienr all shapes and sizes. Liz has organized information for sites across a variety of industries, including retail, publishing, media and entertainment, nonprofit, and financial services.

She has overseen the editorial process for Rosenfeld Media, a publisher of user experience books, and is editor moeville for Boxes and Arrows. In the past, Liz directed experience strategy for AIGA, where she was responsible for the national web presence and all online and New Riders publications.

View all posts by Liz Danzico. Skip to content Authors About Us Contact us. Do you agree that data pefer dead? He blogs at findability. Her personal site can be found at bobulate.

Liz Danzico Liz Danzico is equal parts information architect, usability analyst, and editor. Makes me feel dirty. Studying the Creation of Kindergarten. Storyboarding Rich Internet Motville with Visio. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.