@maadonna Yes it is terribly confusing and I made it worse by calling it an IA map which must be something I made up in my own mind!
But whatever you call the IA document, I am still not clear how it would look different than a site map if both were done for the same Web site. You said something about how the IA document describes how content fits together but a site map shows that too.
Is the difference that a site map is about navigation and is typically structured like a tree's root system with the home page at the top level, secondary pages one level down and so on like this:
while an IA document might just be a listing of content types structured in lists, columns or by some other means?
NOTE: The only examples of IA documents I can find on the Web look exactly like a site map to me
Also what about:
Should the FUNCTIONS one can do on a site or in an app be part of either
- an Information Architecture document OR
- card sorting exercise OR
- a site map OR
- all three?
By function, I mean like in a task management app, being able to attach a document to a task you've created is a function.