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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Liz Danzico is equal parts information architect, usability analyst, and editor. Hand in hand with that is the contention that only by planning and designing the best possible software, devices, and Internet, will we be able to maintain this connectivity in the future.

Mar 04, HeyT rated it liked it Shelves: I’d like to know more about information architecture, but this clearly is not the place for me to start. I often have to relay complicated information concepts and processes to my users on a daily basis and I find that Peter Morville is able to explain things in way that users can relate to easily–it helps me to get creative in my educational materials for my own users.

Ambient Findability: Talking with Peter Morville

Sep 13, Mark added it Shelves: The Sociosemantic Web 7. A coworker loaned this book to me, but I don’t think enough time has elapsed since graduation almost ten years ago!

On the one hand, there is optimism, because so much information is so accessible to so many people.

Feb 05, Tracy rated it it was ok Shelves: The professor I took it from didn’t include the morvville but the title and the fact that it was published by O’Reilly Media piqued my interest enough to want to read it as the class was starting up. Sensors and small tech already make it possible to access finddability traffic reports on the Web and to find your kids using a GPS Personal Locator. And I made extensive use of licensed bibliographic and full-text databases.

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Most authors are patient enough to wait. Feb 25, Brianna Sowinski rated it really liked it. Liz is an adjunct professor at the New School University, where she teaches design history. Someday I would like my own copy. And if so, is this a bad thing?

Much of the book is a discussion on techniques of cataloguing information so findabiility can be found again.

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Amazon is in the process of linking the print and Kindle versions. Feb 21, Amy rated it liked it Shelves: Makes me realize how fast things advance in the modville world.

And I reject the conventional wisdom that suggests our information diet has been corrupted by the Web. My article on authority provoked a wonderful discussion on web4lib about this very question.

From language and ontology to culture and strategy, Peter takes us on a journey that reveals how a simple change in what we take for granted can send ripples that reach far beyond our awareness. It was written long enough ago that all the discussions about social networking don’t yet mention Facebook.

Dec 09, Sabrina rated it it was ok. Here’s a draft description.

Which come in many colors, shapes, and sizes. In the UK, it’s the paperback that’s unfindable.

Ambient Findability – O’Reilly Media

How can you filter streams of complex information to pull out only what you want? Peter Morville is widely recognized as a founding father of information architecture. Morville’s book is highlighted with full color illustrations and rich examples that bring his prose to life. He explores how the melding of these innovations impacts society, since Web access is now a standard requirement for successful findabillty and businesses.


Overall, the book is both thought-collecting great quotes and pointers to other people’s ideas and thought-provoking it made me think.

It had a some interesting, practical examples in it but beyond that, I ended up not feeling like I got a whole lot out of it. Frankly I enjoyed this more than any other study area! That’s not the fault of the author; it’s just that the field is changing so fast, and change is accelerating.

Sometimes, the real trick is becoming unfindable. Should I be admitting that as a techie librarian? Keeping Found Things Found.

Ambient Findability is an interesting and thought provoking read, the book dedicates itself towards the questions of how we can design into: Oct 13, Lindsay rated morvil,e liked it.

This is a recommended text from my main study text, and on completion it’s easy to see why abient Morville has an easy to understand writing style, full of analogies to make his subject clearer, rather than threatening you with complexity. It’s time to stop twittering about unicorns and start shaping strategy. Peter Morville takes you on a thought-provoking tour of these memes and more — ideas that will not only fascinate but will stir your findabilihy in practical ways that you can apply to your work immediately.

What do you do to ensure that you yourself are more findable online? Morville’s book is a foundational look at how we find.