Foundations of Information Science

UNC School of Information and Library Science, INLS 101, Spring 2013

January 10
Introduction: What is Information Science?

January 15
History of Information Science

Read pages 2570-2577 of the “Information Science” article for today.

To read before this class:

  1. Saracevic, T. “Information Science.” Edited by M. J Bates. Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences. New York: CRC Press, 2010. PDF.

January 17
History of Information Science

Read pages 2577-2585 of the “Information Science” article for today.

To read before this class:

  1. Saracevic, T. “Information Science.” Edited by M. J Bates. Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences. New York: CRC Press, 2010. PDF.

January 22
What Is Information?

To read before this class:

  1. Lester, J., and W. C. Koehler. “Fundamental Concepts of Information.” In Fundamentals of Information Studies, 16–25. 2nd ed. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2007. PDF.
  2. Marchionini, Gary. “The Many Meanings of Information.” In Information Concepts: From Books to Cyberspace Identities, 1–9. Synthesis Lectures on Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services. Morgan & Claypool, 2010. http://www.morganclaypool.com/doi/abs/10.2200/S00306ED1V01Y201010ICR016.

January 24
Information Organization

To read before this class:

  1. Glushko, Robert J. “1. Foundations for Organizing Systems.” In The Discipline of Organizing, edited by Robert J. Glushko, 3rd ed. O’Reilly, 2015.
    Reading tips

    Introduction to the concept of an organizing system and the five facets along which one can analyze organizing systems.

January 29
Information Organization

To read before this class:

  1. Glushko, Robert J., Rachelle Annechino, Jess Hemerly, and Longhao Wang. “6. Categorization: Describing Resource Classes and Types.” In The Discipline of Organizing, edited by Robert J. Glushko, 3rd ed. O’Reilly, 2015.
    Reading tips

    What categories are, how they are used in information management, and how changes in the understanding of human cognitive processes have altered theories of categorization over the years.

January 31
Information Organization

To read before this class:

  1. Glushko, Robert J., Jess Hemerly, Vivien Petras, Michael Manoochehri, Longhao Wang, Jordan Shedlock, and Daniel Griffin. “7. Classification: Assigning Resources to Categories.” In The Discipline of Organizing, 3rd ed. O’Reilly, 2015.
    Reading tips

    The terms “classification” and “categorization””are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same. Having a set of categories is not sufficient to create a classification. A classification must be principled so that we know where to place new items and entities in accordance with our system.

February 5
Information Structures

To read before this class:

  1. Morville, Peter, and Louis Rosenfeld. “Thesauri, Controlled Vocabularies, and Metadata.” In Information Architecture for the World Wide Web. 3rd ed. Sebastopol, California: O’Reilly, 2006. PDF.

February 7
Information Structures: XML

To read before this class:

  1. Glushko, Robert J. “XML Foundations.” In Document Engineering, 42-72. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2005. http://people.ischool.berkeley.edu/~glushko/DocumentEngineeringBookDraft/DEBook/ch2_FINAL.pdf.

February 12
Information Structures: Relational Databases

To read before this class:

  1. Roman, Steven. “Introduction.” In Access Database Design and Programming, 3–10. 3rd ed. Sebastopol, California: O’Reilly, 2002. PDF.
  2. Roman, Steven. “The Entity-Relationship Model of a Database.” In Access Database Design and Programming, 11–17. 3rd ed. Sebastopol, California: O’Reilly, 2002. PDF.

February 14
Information Structures: Relational Databases

Meta-reflection #1 due

To read before this class:

  1. Roman, Steven. “Implementing Entity-Relationship Models.” In Access Database Design and Programming, 18–29. 3rd ed. Sebastopol, California: O’Reilly, 2002. PDF.

February 19
Midterm Exam #1

Midterm Exam #1 due

To read before this class:

  1. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “For Students Taking Tests.” In Sakai: Tests & Quizzes, 2011. PDF.

February 21
Search & Retrieval

To read before this class:

  1. Croft, W. Bruce, Donald Metzler, and Trevor Strohman. “Search Engines and Information Retrieval.” In Search Engines: Information Retrieval in Practice, 1–12. Boston: Addison-Wesley, 2010. PDF.

February 26
Ryan sick

No class.

February 28
Search & Retrieval

To read before this class:

  1. Croft, W. Bruce, Donald Metzler, and Trevor Strohman. “Architecture of a Search Engine.” In Search Engines: Information Retrieval in Practice, 13–29. Boston: Addison-Wesley, 2010. PDF.

March 5
Search & Retrieval: Indexing

To read before this class:

  1. Smucker, Mark D. “Information representation.” In Interactive information seeking, behaviour and retrieval, edited by Ian Ruthven and Diane Kelly, 77–93. London: Facet Pub., 2011. PDF.

March 7
Search & Retrieval: Retrieval Models

To read before this class:

  1. Croft, W. Bruce, Donald Metzler, and Trevor Strohman. “Retrieval Models.” In Search Engines: Information Retrieval in Practice, 233–241. Boston: Addison-Wesley, 2010. PDF.

March 12
Spring Break

No class.

March 14
Spring Break

No class.

March 19
Search & Retrieval: Networks

To read before this class:

  1. Easley, David, and Jon Kleinberg. “Overview.” In Networks, crowds, and markets: reasoning about a highly connected world, 1–20. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. http://www.cs.cornell.edu/home/kleinber/networks-book/networks-book-ch01.pdf.
  2. Easley, David, and Jon Kleinberg. “Graphs.” In Networks, crowds, and markets: reasoning about a highly connected world, 23–46. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. http://www.cs.cornell.edu/home/kleinber/networks-book/networks-book-ch02.pdf.

March 21
The Structure of the Web

To read before this class:

  1. Easley, David, and Jon Kleinberg. “The Structure of the Web.” In Networks, crowds, and markets: reasoning about a highly connected world, 375–395. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. http://www.cs.cornell.edu/home/kleinber/networks-book/networks-book-ch13.pdf.

March 26
Web Search

Meta-reflection #2 due

To read before this class:

  1. Easley, David, and Jon Kleinberg. “Link Analysis and Web Search.” In Networks, crowds, and markets: reasoning about a highly connected world, 397–495. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. http://www.cs.cornell.edu/home/kleinber/networks-book/networks-book-ch14.pdf.
    Reading tips

    You can skip section the last part of section 14.3 (pages 409–412) and section 14.6.

March 28
Information Needs & Behaviors

To read before this class:

  1. Morville, Peter, and Louis Rosenfeld. “User Needs and Behaviors.” In Information Architecture for the World Wide Web. 3rd ed. Sebastopol, California: O’Reilly, 2006. PDF.

April 2
Midterm Exam #2

April 4
Ryan out of town

No class.

April 9
Information Needs & Behaviors

Read sections 3.1 to 3.4 for today.

To read before this class:

  1. Hearst, Marti. “Models of the Information Seeking Process.” In Search User Interfaces. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009. http://searchuserinterfaces.com/book/sui_ch3_models_of_information_seeking.html.

April 11
Information Needs & Behaviors

Read sections 3.5 to 3.8 for today.

To read before this class:

  1. Hearst, Marti. “Models of the Information Seeking Process.” In Search User Interfaces. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009. http://searchuserinterfaces.com/book/sui_ch3_models_of_information_seeking.html.

April 16
Human-Computer Interaction

To read before this class:

  1. Shneiderman, B., and C. Plaisant. “Usability of Interactive Systems.” In Designing the user interface: strategies for effective human-computer interaction. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Addison-Wesley, 2010. PDF.

April 18
Search User Interfaces

To read before this class:

  1. Hearst, Marti. “The Design of Search User Interfaces.” In Search user interfaces. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. http://searchuserinterfaces.com/book/sui_ch1_design.html.

April 23
Information Ethics

To read before this class:

  1. Bynum, Terrell. “Computer and Information Ethics.” In The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, edited by Edward N. Zalta. Accessed January 10, 2013. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/ethics-computer/.

April 25
Catch-up / Wrap-Up / Review / The Future

Meta-reflection #3 due

To read before this class:

  1. Slee, Tom. “Mr. Google’s Guidebook.” Whimsley, 3–7, 2008. http://whimsley.typepad.com/whimsley/2008/03/mr-googles-guid.html.
  2. Carr, Nicholas. “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” The Atlantic, July–August 2008. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/07/is-google-making-us-stupid/306868/.

May 6
Final Exam

Final Exam due

The final exam is scheduled for 12PM (noon) to 3PM 12PM-3PM in 208 Manning Hall.