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open card sort

a type of card sort that asks users to suggest categories that topics group into. Users are provided with a list of topics (e.g. content pieces to go on a website) and are asked to group them and to label the groups with category labels. If the set of topics is large enough, they are asked to further group the groups or further subdivide the groups, labeling all the groupings.

These groupings are then combined to determine a user-based conceptualization of the site structure, and the labels given are used as a starting point for labeling the site navigation.