- taxonomies and hierarchies
- social navigation
- sitemaps and tables of contents
- site indexes
- site guides
- search wizards
Some of those choices just disappear. Poof! For instance, remember that strange “Wonder Wheel” of a few years back that the Google crowd claimed was so wonderful?
In the transcript, I reworked the LC record to include breadcrumbs, similar to what we saw in Wired. It’s very simple. All I did was put in the entire subject hierarchy by adding “Music – Popular music – Louisiana – Zydeco music – History and criticism”. I also followed Wikipedia, labeling it “Categories”
Of course, there are other ways to do it. I have a link to the page “Outline of Music” in Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outline_of_musicwhich is also pretty impressive. The page itself uses a classified arrangement (yet more evidence of eliminating alphabetical arrangement), but there is another view I would like to point out through the WikiMindMap.
This method provides a nice, non-threatening, cool, interactive view of the outline of Music we see in Wikipedia, including links into the articles themselves. If you haven’t seen it, look at it. The person can choose either to continue navigating the concepts in the MindMap or go directly into an article.
By the way, people play with this, typing in “why do men …” or “why do women …” to see what comes up. It can be funny. Several catalogs already have this type of functionality, including Worldcat. It seems to me that combining the functions we see in Google and Worldcat that suggest terms, with the multi-box function we saw in Samsung could help people create some very complex queries using main topics and subdivisions.
Another example of a type of search wizard is Google Recipes, where if you enter some ingredients you happen to have in the house, e.g. chicken and lentils, https://www.google.com/search?num=100&hl=en&newwindow=1&safe=off&tbm=rcp&q=chicken+lentilsyou can get recipes with those ingredients, then refine it by other ingredients, cooking time, and so on. If you look at the example in Google I provide, you have to click on “Search Tools” to see how to refine the search.
For me, the best example of social navigation is seen in Amazon.com. I include a screenclip of part of Amazon’s record of the book I used before on Zydeco music.
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