The second term compulsory IKM course “Information architecture and knowledge organisation” introduced students to the world of organising information and making it available for its users, that is the stakeholders of your business. The course was about conceptual modelling (how to make sense how things are related to each other and e.g. how to describe all the significant aspects of the products and services you are offering), process modelling (e.g. how the business process looks like when you are delivering training services), XML, RDF, Linked Data, taxonomies and other tools for organising information and knowledge with a good amount of always so practical theoretical thinking to make sense of all these practical skills and competences.
In addition to , we worked on developing our expertise on how to put the different tools of organising things into practice and to develop effective and fast-to-use systems-specific and enterprise-wide architectures for information and knowledge processes in your future workplace. And here the krux is that the information architecture or the “structural design of shared information environments” (according to Morville & Rosenfeld) is useful in perfecting company’s digital knowledge repository but it is also equally relevant in designing physical information environments, the ways how meeting rooms, workspaces and customer service spaces are laid out and made successful to increase the success and profitability of your business.