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Re: [Sigia-l] Disposable navigation systems

From: len dierickx (len.dierickx_at_gmail.com)
Date: Fri Aug 05 2005 - 08:36:48 EDT


Hi Natasja,

If I understand the question then the concept of "distributed
navigation" must be an example of what you are looking for.

Joshua Porter writes this about distributed navigation:

"The overall effect of "distributed navigation" brought upon by
content aggregators is that we're witnessing the control of content
shift from designers to users. Users are finding new, highly effective
aggregators much to their liking, and in doing so are bypassing much
of what we've built for them."

The use of aggregators like feeddemon, bloglines and many more makes
much of the navigation used on blogs and newssites useless because
people are no longer on the site.

The organisation of the information on the website gets lost and the
visitor is using the structure of the website of the aggregator or the
application. What happens is that an agreggator website and a user
organise the content the way they see fit.
There the content is cut of from the metainformation and the
navigation on the originating website.

More and a better explanation can be found on
http://www.digital-web.com/articles/home_alone_content_aggregators/
where Joshua Porter makes a short comparison with faceted navigation
and search engines.

Regards,
Len Dierickx

On 8/1/05, Natasja Paulssen <natasja.paulssen_at_ordina.nl> wrote:
> Currently I am working on an article on 'disposable navigation systems'
> which I define as navigation systems that are based on existing metadata and
> that can be disposed of without information getting lost in cyber space.
> This means that these navigation systems are alway superfluous.
> Some information needs are totally unpredictable and need a tailormade
> navigation structure, e.g. in research institutes or product development.
> The most elementary example is the result of a search engine, but from the
> view of a navigation structure this list is rather rudimentary and in for
> much improvement.
>
> Could I use this combined intellect to find some more existing examples of
> disposable navigation systems?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Natasja Paulssen
>
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