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Pre-conference Workshops: Wednesday, March 22 & Thursday, March 23, 2017
Main Conference: Friday, March 24 - Sunday, March 26, 2017 
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Friday, March 24 • 11:15am - 12:00pm
Intentionally Intensional Information Architecture

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Information architects know all about categories—but how do categories
get made? How do we decide what to put in them? We have plenty of ways
to make sense of information messes, ways that would be largely
recognizable to thinkers from centuries ago. What methods exist which
are only feasible with the help of a computer? Moreover: why would we
want to use them?

Saving time and manual labour is nice and all, but not nearly as
interesting as an entirely new dimension of capability. That dimension
is intension—yes, with an 's'. Categorization is a form of
extension. Intension is categories turned inside out.

The problem with systems of categories—taxonomies, ontologies,
navigational structures and the like—is that they are often only
tenuously informed by the things they are meant to categorize. This
leads to information resources being shoved into categories which they
barely fit, or worse: the dreaded "Misc." category.

What if, instead, we could begin with an amorphous mass of content,
and then mine it, in bulk, for structure? What if, in successive
operations, we could attach structure to the content, and then
structure to the structure? What if we could then analyze that
structure, not only to show us how well our taxonomies fit, but also
show us ways of partitioning the content that we didn't even think of?

The purpose of this talk is to show you how you just might go about
doing that (hint: semantic web), and what the results are. We'll start
with a content scrape of a real website, and end with a new structure,
showcasing new possibilities for organizing, navigating, and
experiencing content.

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Dorian Taylor

Maker of toys and diversions

Friday March 24, 2017 11:15am - 12:00pm PDT
Regency C