Foundations of Information Science

UNC School of Information and Library Science, INLS 201, Fall 2016

August 23
Introduction: What is Information Science?

Ryan will be out of town at the PeriodO workshop; Jacob Hill will substitute.

August 25
Ryan at PeriodO workshop

No class.

August 30
History of Information Science

Information Diary due

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.

September 1
History of Information Science (continued)

September 6
What Is Information (Science)?

To read before this meeting:

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

September 8
Information Organization: Categorization

To read before this meeting:

  1. Levitin, Daniel. The Organized Mind. New York, New York: Dutton, 2014. PDF.

September 13
Information Organization: Classification

To read before this meeting:

  1. Glushko, Robert J., Jess Hemerly, Vivien Petras, Michael Manoochehri, Longhao Wang, Jordan Shedlock, and Daniel Griffin. “7.2 Understanding Classification & 7.4 Faceted Classification.” In The Discipline of Organizing, 3rd ed. O’Reilly, 2015. PDF.

September 15
Classification cont.

September 20
Information Structures

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 22
Information Structures: XML

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 27
Information Structures: Relational Databases

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 29
Relational Databases cont. + Midterm #1 Review

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.

October 4
Midterm Exam #1

October 6
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 11
Indexing for Search & Retrieval

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
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 18
Retrieval Models (continued)

The slides cover both the 10/13 and 10/18 class meetings.

October 20
Fall Break

No class.

October 25
Networks & Graphs

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 27
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.

November 1
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.

November 3
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 8
Midterm Exam #2

November 10
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 15
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 17
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 22
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 24
Thanksgiving

No class.

November 29
Information Ethics

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/.

December 1
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/.

December 6
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 13
Final exam

Final Exam due

The final exam must be submitted by 24 hours after the time you downloaded it, and no later than Tuesday, December 13th.