Foundations of Information Science

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

January 8
Introduction: What is Information Science?

January 13
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 15
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 20
What Is Information?

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

To read before this class:

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

January 22
Information Organization

To read before this class:

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

January 27
Information Organization

To read before this class:

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

January 29
Information Organization

February 3
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 5
Information Structures: XML

To read before this class:

  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.

February 10
Information Structures: Relational Databases

Probe #2: Relational Databases due

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 12
Information Structures: Relational Databases

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 17
Snow day

No class.

February 19
Midterm Exam #1

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 24
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
Snow day

No class.

March 3
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 5
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 10
Spring break

No class.

March 12
Spring break

No class.

March 17
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 19
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 24
Web Search

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 26
Midterm Review

Come prepared with questions!

March 31
Midterm Exam #2

April 2
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 7
Information Needs & Behaviors

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 9
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 14
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 16
Information Ethics

Probe #3: Search User Interface Evaluation due

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 21
Information Policy

To read before this class:

  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/.

April 23
Catch-up / Wrap-Up / Review / The Future

To read before this class:

  1. Morozov, Evgeny. “The Perils of Perfection.” The New York Times, March 2, 2013. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/03/opinion/sunday/the-perils-of-perfection.html.

May 1
Final exam

The final exam is due at 11AM on Friday, May 1.