Definition: Any aspect, piece of knowledge or feature of something that can be used for sorting and retrieval.
Also referenced as: Facets (noun)
The word facet was used 13 times across 4 pages
Using the record store as an example, the following facets are available for each record:
For example, finding out which instrument models were used on each album may be interesting, but it is also likely to be quite time-consuming to collect.
What are five other facets of a vinyl record?
A typical grocery store has a hierarchical aisle system, a heterarchical database for the clerk to retrieve product information by scanning a barcode, and sequences for checking out and other basic customer service tasks. I was even in a grocery store recently where each cart had a list of the aisle locations of the 25 most common products. A great use of hypertext.
A typical book has a sequence-based narrative, a hierarchical table of contents, and a set of facets allowing it to be retrieved with either the Dewey Decimal system at a library, or within a genre-based hierarchical system used in bookstores and websites like Amazon.com.
Because your structure may change a hundred times before you finish making it, you can save time and frustration by thinking with boxes and arrows before making real changes. Boxes and arrows are easier to move around than the other materials we work with, so start there.