Digital Information Architecture

The ecosystem metaphor recognizes the diversity inherent in the university technology environment and the need to continuously maintain balance and flexibility in a diverse and rapidly evolving landscape. An ecological approach accounts for variation and interdependency, and recognizes that information management systems always exist at varying levels of development from legacy systems to emergent technologies. In contrast, an architectural approach uses rational design processes to gather requirements, design functionality, and implement technical solutions to meet the goals of the institution.

YDC2’s practice in digital information architecture is to reconcile both of these approaches by mapping existing systems, which have evolved over time, with new advances in technology. Design principles, which strive for a comprehensive, interoperable, standards-based, and flexible architecture, are used to shape a comprehensive solution to support access and management of digital content for research, teaching, and learning. The digital information architecture anticipates the trajectory of communities of practice, content development, policy and practice, and emerging technology in order to produce sustainable solutions that are sufficiently modular and flexible to incorporate new technologies while allowing old technologies to end.

Well-designed information systems streamline work processes through shared practice, address regulatory and legal provisions for information management, and overcome technical obstacles such as those that impede individual and team work processes or those that leave essential pools of information isolated in technical “silos.”

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Yale University Digital Content Architecture (PDF)

Yale University Digital Content Architecture