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Information Overload, Reloaded
June 2, 2011

Information Overload, Reloaded - By Nathaniel DavisArticle Overview - Contributing to an estimated $1 trillion annual loss in productivity and innovation, information overload is a battle worth pursuing. Over the years, systems architects, developers, business managers, researchers and business leaders--from a range of organizations--have all taken up arms against information overload. However, the debate on strategy and research of information overload has yet to include combatants from the field of information architecture.

In this article, written for the ASIS&T Bulletin, Nathaniel Davis, founder and curator of DSIA Research Initiative and DSIA Portal of IA, leads the discussion on behalf of contemporary information architecture. He repositions information abundance and filter failure as signatures of information overload. Davis then suggests how information overload can be quantified as two unique conditions that are ideal for further investigation in theory, research and practice to better understand their influence on providing sound information architecture recommendations.

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About DSIA Research Initiative

DSIA Research Initiative is a private think tank dedicated to advancing a formalized discipline of information architecture based on IA theory, research and practice. DSIA Research Initiative makes a large part of its knowledge available through the DSIA Portal of IA as a way to improve awareness of information architecture. The Initiative is also committed to facilitating a collaborative bridge between the professional field of information architecture and academic institutions as a way to offer students a solid perspective of information architecture and its relationship to user experience design.

About Methodbrain
Methodbrain is a private practice that specializes in information architecture research and strategy. Methodbrain established and currently curates the DSIA Research Initiative as a way to foster a formal dialogue around information architecture.


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