Foundations of Information Science

UNC School of Information and Library Science, INLS 201, Fall 2015

August 18
Introduction: What is Information Science?

August 20
History of Information Science

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

To read before this meeting:

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

August 25
History of Information Science

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

To read before this meeting:

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

August 27
What Is Information (Science)?

Probe #1: What is information (science)? due

To read before this meeting:

  1. Furner, Jonathan. “Information Science Is Neither,” 2015. http://www.jonathanfurner.info/docs/LT-Furner2015rev.pdf.

September 1
Information Organization

To read before this meeting:

  1. Levitin, Daniel. “The Inside History of Cognitive Overload.” In The Organized Mind, 3–36. New York, New York: Dutton, 2014. PDF.

September 3
Information Organization

Probe #2: Levels of categorization due

To read before this meeting:

  1. Levitin, Daniel. “How Memory and Attention Work.” In The Organized Mind, 37–74. New York, New York: Dutton, 2014. PDF.

September 8
Information Organization

To read before this meeting:

  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.

September 10
Information Structures

Probe #3: Controlled Vocabularies due

To read before this meeting:

  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.

September 15
Information Structures: XML

Ryan will be out of town for the TPDL conference. Guest lecturer: Jacob Hill.

To read before this meeting:

  1. Birnbaum, David J. “What is XML and why should humanists care? An even gentler introduction to XML”, January 5, 2012. http://dh.obdurodon.org/what-is-xml.xhtml.

September 17
Information Structures: Relational Databases

Ryan will be out of town for the TPDL conference. Guest lecturer: Deborah Maron.

To read before this meeting:

  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.

September 22
Information Structures: Relational Databases

To read before this meeting:

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

September 24
Midterm #1 Review

September 29
Midterm Exam #1

October 1
Search & Retrieval

To read before this meeting:

  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.

October 6
Ryan was sick

No class.

October 8
Search & Retrieval: Indexing

To read before this meeting:

  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.

October 13
Search & Retrieval: Retrieval Models

To read before this meeting:

  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.

October 15
Fall Break

No class.

October 20
Search & Retrieval: Networks

To read before this meeting:

  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.

October 22
The Structure of the Web

To read before this meeting:

  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.

October 27
Web Search

To read before this meeting:

  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.

October 29
Midterm Review

Please try to work through the practice problems over the weekend and come prepared with questions, either about the practice problems or any of the material we’ve covered during this unit.

November 3
Midterm Exam #2

November 5
Information Needs & Behaviors

To read before this meeting:

  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.

November 10
Information Needs & Behaviors

To read before this meeting:

  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.

November 12
Human-Computer Interaction

To read before this meeting:

  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.

November 17
Search User Interfaces

To read before this meeting:

  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.

November 19
Information Ethics

Probe #5: Search User Interface Evaluation due

To read before this meeting:

  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/.

November 24
Information Policy

To read before this meeting:

  1. Grimmelmann, James. “What to Do About Google?” Communications of the ACM 56, no. 9 (2013). http://cacm.acm.org/magazines/2013/9/167145-what-to-do-about-google/.

November 26
Thanksgiving

No class.

December 1
Catch-up / Wrap-Up / Review / The Future

To read before this meeting:

  1. Cegłowski, Maciej. “What Happens Next Will Amaze You.” presented at the Fremtidens Internet, Copenhagen, September 14, 2015. http://idlewords.com/talks/what_happens_next_will_amaze_you.htm.

December 8
Final exam

The final exam is scheduled for 12 noon.