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Oct 07, 2006: Polar Bear v3.0: what's new

Peter Morville and I have received a few questions recently from faculty hoping to use the 3rd edition of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web in their Winter 2007 courses. Well, we have good news. According to O'Reilly, the new polar bear will be available by the end of the year. The cover looks, um, kinda like the second and first editions, so mark that off the "what's new" list:
Information Architecture for the World Wide Web third edition cover

And, to help with course planning, here's an excerpt describing what's new:

We've maintained the overall organization of the book while bringing the concepts, examples, and illustrations in each chapter up to date. We received substantial help from the information architecture community in the form of responses to a series of surveys we conducted in 2006. The chapters on organization and navigation systems have been expanded to address tagging, folksonomies, social classification, and guided navigation. The chapter on design and documentation includes new sections on the role of diagrams in the design phase and the when, why, and how behind blueprints and wireframes. The education and the tools and software chapters have been revised based upon survey feedback. And, the chapter on enterprise information architecture enjoyed a major rewrite to accommodate lessons learned over the past few years. Finally, we've updated the appendix to include pointers to the most useful information architecture resources available today.

This edition was a real collaborative effort. Thanks to everyone who helped, especially our editorial assistant, Beth Koloski!

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