Article 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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