Ambient Findability by Peter Morville
Publisher: O'Reilly Media (October 1, 2005) | ISBN-10: 0596007655 | CHM | 2,6 Mb | 188 pages


How do you find your way in an age of information overload? How can you filter streams of complex information to pull out only

what you want? Why does it matter how information is structured when Google seems to magically bring up the right answer to

your questions? What does it mean to be "findable" in this day and age? This eye-opening new book examines the convergence

of information and connectivity. Written by Peter Morville, author of the groundbreaking Information Architecture for the World

Wide Web, the book defines our current age as a state of unlimited findability. In other words, anyone can find anything at any

time. Complete navigability.
Morville discusses the Internet, GIS, and other network technologies that are coming together to make unlimited findability

possible. He explores how the melding of these innovations impacts society, since Web access is now a standard requirement

for successful people and businesses. But before he does that, Morville looks back at the history of wayfinding and human

evolution, suggesting that our fear of being lost has driven us to create maps, charts, and now, the mobile Internet.

The book's central thesis is that information literacy, information architecture, and usability are all critical components of this

new world order. 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. Morville's book is highlighted with full color

illustrations and rich examples that bring his prose to life.

Ambient Findability doesn't preach or pretend to know all the answers. Instead, it presents research, stories, and examples in

support of its novel ideas. Are we truly at a critical point in our evolution where the quality of our digital networks will dictate

how we behave as a species? Is findability indeed the primary key to a successful global marketplace in the 21st century and

beyond. Peter Morville takes you on a thought-provoking tour of these memes and more -- ideas that will not only fascinate but

will stir your creativity in practical ways that you can apply to your work immediately.