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information architecture


n. ~ The structure and interrelationship of information, especially with an eye toward using business rules, observed user behaviors, and effective interface design to facilitate access to the information.


Information architecture is frequently used in the context of websites. It covers how the underlying information is organized and how users gain access to that information.

(Quass 2000) Information architecture can be seen as four interrelated architectural views, namely information architecture, business architecture, application architecture and technology architecture [citing Finnerman]. This view is based on the Zachman framework. An architectural approach provides operational definitions as a part of its common business terminology and therefore facilitates common business rules enforcement mechanisms [citing Finnerman]. Business architecture provides a start for business process redefinition and improvement, as it requires defined business process models.