To help our customers with information design, we use the idea of an information model. The model shows communication and authoring challenges and offers solutions. A well-designed information model delivers a number of benefits:
- quicker and easier for information owners to contribute
- less duplication and wasted effort
- easier to reuse good information
- quicker for readers to find what they need
- easier to demonstrate compliance to regulations
- a consistent style throughout the organisation
- easier and faster to publish
- quicker and cheaper to translate
Using an information model to significantly improve the way your organisation performs isn’t really about look-and-feel. It’s more about implementing solid, basic rules that are easy for people to follow. Using our proven 3di Modular Design methodology, 3di has the expertise to consult on and implement powerful new standards for your organisation that are cost effective.
The building blocks in the information model
3di can help you to create modular pieces, or ‘chunks’, of information. Each chunk is self-contained and has a specific function. The chunks are the building blocks of the information model. Because they are self-contained, they ensure that your model is flexible.
An information model containing modular chunks of content enables you to organise your information needs. It has become critical in designing effective content management systems. It makes content easier to reuse, maintain and single-source.
Writing modular chunks of content with specific purposes also enables you to set standards that create patterns in information. Readers subconsciously look for and respond to patterns, and this helps them to read and understand information more quickly. Translation also becomes quicker, cheaper and easier to manage when the source has been written in a modular way, particularly when multiple languages are involved.
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