Mapping Life

My house, could be run by librarians.  I have always had a little bit of insanity when it comes to cataloging information and trying to make it easy for others to access.  For instance, once upon a time, all of my household manuals were kept in one location.  Trial and error made me realize that this didn’t make sense.  The kitchen appliances seemed to have a greater need for me to be able to quickly access the manuals.  I moved them all to a special location in my kitchen and the rest of the manuals go in my laundry room.

And, if you don’t think that is particular enough, I have a sitemap.  In the event that a family member is watching my child, I don’t want them hopelessly frustrated trying to figure out the dust-vac.  I have a “map” of every appliance and the room where someone would need it.  It then cross-references where the accessories are for that appliance and where the instructions are.  Weird.  I know.

When I was younger, I actually thought I may need some sort of intervention because of how specific my brain was in categorizing the information that came into my house.  I used to file every article that crossed the threshold.  That got to be exhausting.  I literally had giant binders for topics.  It was a bit OCD.  I now realize that I don’t need to retain all information I come across as the internet is able to relocate almost all of it.  I have to keep myself away from magazines and let the internet (and the document designers) do what they do best, catalog the information for retrieval.

As I read chapter 4, I was all over it.  I have been doing most of it for years, even if I didn’t realize it.  My binders of information actually take a lot of work to cross-references.  While I know that I will only need some information, like when I’m cleaning or in the kitchen, for instance, I know my parents will access it randomly when watching my child.  I make sure that they can find the vacuum manual more readily than I would require it.  It is the first manual in my household binder.

This is much like the approach for structuring a website.  I know my audience.  I know what they need and I know where they will get lost trying to find it.

Posted on October 5, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Hi Rebecca, I would say that your skill for site mapping would come in handy for any website design. You may actually want to offer that as a skill on, under their website design jobs, or similar place, where you can get paid for it. Not everyone enjoys creating site maps, so I could see you making a killing when marketing your skill. If I had the cash, I would ask that you take care of my websites for me. 🙂

    Another idea would be that you could offer your skills to the police department. At least, that is would think of from watching all those police television shows. That would be an interesting gig.

  2. This reminded me of a presentation I ran across on knowledge mapping: This is a technique for visually arranging information to identify what you have about a subject (assets), what you don’t have (gabs), how it is shared (knowledge sharing or flow), and what can be done with the assets (solutions).

    I am becoming very interested in this concept as a means of understanding what knowledge we have within our organization (within technical and non-technical disciplines), what we don’t have (specialization gaps), how it gets shared (e.g. through our internal social network or intranet), and how we might take advantage of certain connections within the knowledge map–essentially, I’m knowledge mapping knowledge.

    In fact, this is an approach I’m am thinking about as I’m watching the social media for case study. It is a great way to get an overview of what is happening for sure, but it always provides a framework for thinking.

  3. Thanks for sharing that link! I am a bit of “geek” when it comes to stuff like that. I am really enjoying looking through it. Great information and presentation–saved to my “favorites bar.” 🙂

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