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Oxford England

  • The End of the Road
    These photos are separated from my Travels album because Oxford is something of a second home. I still manage to visit it several times a year. So the pathway between Manotick and Oxford is well trodden and I can likely do it with my eyes closed - and probably have on more than one occasion.

Royal Roads University

  • Hatley Castle
    This series of photographs was taken over the last few years. I have stayed at the campus of Royal Roads on several occasions and I have been repeatedly impressed by the grounds. They are in many ways a little-known treasure.


  • Kafka Statue
    Here is a selection of pictures I have taken during my travels over the last few years. I am very obviously an amateur photographer and it is not uncommon for me to forget my camera altogether when packing. What the pictures do not convey is the fact that in these travels I have met, and gotten to know, a great many interesting people.

Manotick Ontario

  • Springtime in Manotick
    Manotick Ontario Canada is the part of Ottawa that I call home. Much of Manotick stands on an island in the Rideau River. Interestingly, the Rideau Canal, which runs through and around the river, was recently designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. So this means that the view from my backyard is in some way on a similar par with the Egyptian Pyramids - although the thought strikes me as ridiculous.
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February 21, 2010


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Milan Davidovic

I still feel unclear as to the IA vs CE distinction; would it make sense to say that IA *enables* the transformation of data into understandable information, and CE *transforms* the data according to requirements of the enterprise or institution?

Joe Gollner

Yes, at times I feel a little like a medieval philosopher wrestling with inherited concepts even as I try to describe something new. I guess others would probably draw a different and perhaps less obscure analogy - perhaps to Seventeenth Century Philosphers. In this, content becomes my version of "substance". How obscure is that?

In the picture I was trying to paint, IA could be seen as setting out the design for the information transactions and the CE performs the bull work associated with fashioning the information transactions that fulfil that design. So there is definitely an intimate relationship between IA and CE, and I definitely see the latter supporting, and instantiating, the former. Perhaps this is not too far off your typification.

Curious Ellie

Wordles are wonderful, aren't they? I like them too.

I seem to be reading your blog in reverse chronological order, and time-lagged. Just a suggestion, you probably are familiar with it: you may like the work done at semi-academic site

as there is content pertaining to information architecture in the context of it being an attempt to "...[transform] data... into understandable information" using data visualization. Quote is from your entry above.

Visual Complexity's work is different in that many of the 700+ projects referenced there are more than a mere mapping of raw data to a visual image. While mappings are helpful, they remain not much more more than an infographic (and yes, I still enjoy infographics, even after innudation).

No, I have no affiliation with the Visual Complexity site. Just sharing.

Joe Gollner

Hi Ellie

This is the type of sharing that can never be exhausted. Thanks for the pointer. And I have - from time to time - looked at how better visualization can be leveraged in the realm of information management. In one of my whitepapers, called "XML Business Templates", I address using XML to frame out business processes in a way that can be both discussed and executed. In some projects, this has gone one step further to exploring how the process, and its execution, can be visualized.

Colleagues at the Intelligent Content 2010 conference (on which I have a post - demonstrated a metadata driven discovery interface for product information that was delightfully visual and interactive. They had, I observed, made "metadata sexy", an almost impossible feat. More to the point, the visualizations they had introduced was eagerly embraced by users - with many of them saying that they made their work more enjoyable and more enviable in the eyes of others. There seems to be more to visualizations, if I can say it this way, than meets the eye.

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