Foundations of Information Science

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

January 12
Introduction: What is Information Science?

January 14
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 19
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 21
What Is Information (Science)?

Assignment #1 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 26
Ryan was sick

No class.

January 28
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.

February 2
Information Organization

Assignment #2 Probe #2: Levels of categorization  due

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.

February 4
Information Organization

To read before this class:

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

February 9
Information Structures

Assignment #3 Probe #3: Controlled vocabularies  due

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 11
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 16
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 18
Information Structures: Relational Databases

Ryan will be out of town at the PHOIBOS2 workshop, so Patrick Golden will substitute.

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 23
Midterm #1 Review

February 25
Midterm Exam #1

March 1
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.

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 8
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
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 15
Spring break

No class.

March 17
Spring break

No class.

March 22
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.

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

March 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.

March 31
Midterm Exam #2

April 5
Ryan was sick

No class.

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 12
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 19
Information Ethics

Assignment #5 Probe #5: 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 26
Catch-up / Wrap-Up / Review / The Future

To read before this class:

  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.

May 3
Final exam

The final exam is scheduled for 8AM.