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Doing a content inventory

I am about to start to do a mind-numbingly boring content inventory for a Intraweb redesign. It will probably take me all week and drive me insane, but it is absolutely essential to understanding the content in real depth.

I have been looking out for some references, and have found some good help.

From AdaptivePath: Doing a Content Inventory (Or, A Mind-Numbingly Detailed Odyssey Through Your Web Site)
BoxesAndArrows: Re-architecting from the bottom-up
WebTechniques: Taking A Content Inventory

I have sometimes wished that a tool could run through the Intraweb and generate the list, but that would defeat the purpose of me understanding the content well, wouldn’t it?

I may have some useful insights once my brain returns…

One Response to “Doing a content inventory”

  1. andrew Says:

    Sounds hellish, Donna, but like you said necessary. I’m helping a coworker with a tax-related Web site and it’s the same kind of thing, lots of really dense and hard to understand content, mostly in print, that we have to make accessible to the average student (including international students), faculty, and staff member. We can commiserate!