Organization of Information

UNC SILS, INLS 520, Fall 2013

Who’s Teaching It

Ryan Shaw

When & Where It Is

Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30-10:45 AM
Manning 208

What It Is

The course catalog describes this course as follows:

Introduction to the problems and methods of organizing information, including information structures, knowledge schemas, data structures, terminological control, index language functions, and implications for searching.”

To organize information is to describe, arrange, group and relate things, with the aim of helping people find, select and better understand those things. Organizers of information have developed various tools to achieve this: the structures, schemas, and languages referenced in the description above. The specific tools vary with the domain of application and technological change, but the basic principles underlying these tools remain the same. These principles are the focus of this course. While we will cover some specific implementations and technologies in order to illustrate these principals, the emphasis will be on conceptual understanding rather than mastery of specific tools.

Is That All?

Nope! You should probably check out the guidelines and the schedule.

Accessibility Resources

The university facilitates the implementation of reasonable accommodations, including resources and services, for students with disabilities, chronic medical conditions, a temporary disability or pregnancy complications resulting in barriers to fully accessing courses, programs and activities.

Accommodations are determined through the Office of Accessibility Resources and Service (ARS) for individuals with documented qualifying disabilities in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. See the ARS website for contact information or email:

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