Karen Loasby

Karen Loasby is a User Experience and Information Architect at Guardian News and Media in London. She has been at the Guardian since February 2011, having previously worked for RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) and for the BBC. She writes about information architecture and occasionally her two chickens at www.iaplay.com.

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Articles by Karen Loasby:


Managing information about people [ABSTRACT]
Monday, 4th April 2011

In a security-conscious world it is increasingly difficult for organisations to ensure that one of their major assets – their customer details – are collected without scaring the user and are appropriate for their needs. Karen Loasby looks at the diversity of factors to take into account; from law, security and privacy, to user experience, cost and quality.


Managing information about people
Monday, 4th April 2011

In a security-conscious world it is increasingly difficult for organisations to ensure that one of their major assets – their customer details – are collected without scaring the user and are appropriate for their needs. Karen Loasby looks at the diversity of factors to take into account; from law, security and privacy, to user experience, cost and quality.


Becoming a Taxonomist: Real Life Stories
Sunday, 4th October 2009

What draws information specialists to the field of taxonomy? When Karen Loasby asked the question of four diverse practitioners, their responses indicate that a thirst for problem-solving and a passion for getting accurate information into the hands of users is a good start


Becoming a Taxonomist: Real Life Stories [ABSTRACT]
Sunday, 4th October 2009

What draws information specialists to the field of taxonomy? When Karen Loasby asked the question of four diverse practitioners, their responses indicate that a thirst for problem-solving and a passion for getting accurate information into the hands of users is a good start


Automatic Classification: A Panel Discussion
Sunday, 4th January 2009

The goal of automatic classification systems, whether rules-based or Bayesian, is to apply metadata in a way to make user access to content meaningful and scalable. Following their recent presentation on the topic to the International Society for Knowledge Organization UK (ISKO UK), Karen Loasby interviews fellow panelists Silver Oliver and Helen Lippell on the opportunities and challenges presented by automatic classification.