Foundations of Information Science

UNC School of Information and Library Science, INLS 201, Spring 2017

January 12
Introduction & Overview

To read before this class:

  1. LaFrance, Adrienne. “Searching for Lost Knowledge in the Age of Intelligent Machines.” The Atlantic, December 2016. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/12/the-search-for-lost-knowledge/506879/.

January 17
History of Information Science

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
Fundamental Concepts of Information Science

To read before this class:

  1. Wilson, Patrick. “Some Fundamental Concepts of Information Retrieval.” Drexel Library Quarterly 14, no. 2 (1978): 10–24. PDF.

January 24
What Is Information (Science)?

To read before this class:

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

January 26
Organizing Information: Thinking in Categories

To read before this class:

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

January 30
Assignment #1 due

January 31
Organizing Information: Naming

To read before this class:

  1. Buckland, Michael. “Naming in the Library: Marks, Meaning, and Machines.” In Nominalization, Nomination and Naming in Texts, 249–60. Stauffenburg Verlag, 2007. http://people.ischool.berkeley.edu/~buckland/naminglib.pdf.

February 2
Organizing Information: Controlling Vocabulary

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
Organizing Information: Mapping Meanings

Finding examples of controlled vocabularies due

To read before this class:

  1. Lambe, Patrick. “Defining Our Terms.” In Organising Knowledge : Taxonomies, Knowledge and Organisational Effectiveness, 1–11. Chandos, 2007. http://site.ebrary.com/lib/uncch/reader.action?ppg=22&docID=10832674&tm=1483991998151.

February 9
Organizing Information: Structuring into Classes

To read before this class:

  1. Lambe, Patrick. “Taxonomies Can Take Many Forms.” In Organising Knowledge : Taxonomies, Knowledge and Organisational Effectiveness, 13–48. Chandos, 2007. http://site.ebrary.com/lib/uncch/reader.action?ppg=34&docID=10832674&tm=1483992186524.

February 14
Structuring Information: Markup Languages

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
Structuring Information: Designing 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 21
Structuring Information: Implementing 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 23
Midterm #1 Review

February 28
Midterm Exam #1

March 2
Retrieving Information

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 7
Retrieving Information: Indexing for Retrieval

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 9
Retrieving Information: 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 14
Spring break

No class.

March 16
Spring break

No class.

March 21
Graph Structures

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 23
The Graph 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 28
Retrieving Information: Searching the Web

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 30
Midterm #2 Review

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

April 4
Seeking Information

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 6
Midterm Exam #2

April 11
Seeking Information: Theories and Models

To read before this class:

  1. Bates, Marcia J. “An Introduction to Metatheories, Theories, and Models.” In Theories of Information Behavior, 1–24. Information Today, 2005. PDF.

April 13
Designing Usable Information Systems

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
Designing Interfaces for Retrieving Information

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 20
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
Information Policy

To read before this class:

  1. Balkin, Jack M. “The Three Laws of Robotics in the Age of Big Data.” Ohio State Law Journal 78 (2017). https://ssrn.com/abstract=2890965.

April 27
Information Environmentalism

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 1
Final exam

The final exam is scheduled for 12 noon.

Download the exam as a Word file. Don’t forget to put your name in the header, and please rename the file to include your first and last name. After completing the exam, you may email it to me.