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INFO 202 UC Berkeley Fall 2012

This course introduces the intellectual foundations of information organization and retrieval: conceptual modeling, semantic representation, vocabulary and metadata design, classification, and standardization, as well as information organization and retrieval practices, technology, and applications, including computational processes for analyzing information in both textual and non-textual formats. Students will learn how information organization and retrieval is carried out by professionals, authors, and users; by individuals in association with other individuals, and as part of the business processes in an enterprise and across enterprises.

This is a required course for students entering the School of Information master’s degree program. Undergraduates and graduate students in other departments are occasionally permitted to enroll.


L1. Orientation; Motivating "Organizing Systems"

Bush, Vannevar – "As We May Think"
Borges, Jorge Luis – "The Library of Babel"
Trant, Jennifer – "Emerging Convergence? Thoughts on Museums, Archives, Libraries and Professional Training"
Boon, Miriam – "Rethinking Scientific Data Management"
Homann, Ulrich; Rill, Michael; and Wimmer, Andreas – "Flexible Value Structures in Banking"

L2. Foundations for Organizing Systems

TDO Chapter 1 – Foundations for Organizing Systems
A1. 202 In The News

L3. Foundations for Organizing Systems, part 2

Baron, E. Fabens, M. Schiffman and E. Wolf – "Electronic Health Records: Just around the Corner? Or over the Cliff?"
McGrath, Sean and Murray, Fergal – "Principles of E-Government Architecture"
Wakabayashi, Daisuke – "Japanese Farms Look to the 'Cloud'"

L4. Activities in Organizing Systems, Part 1

Chapter 2 - Activities in Organizing Systems
A2. Organizing Principles (Andronico's vs. Amazon)

L5. Activities in Organizing Systems, Part 2

Morville, Peter and Rosenfeld, Louis - "Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, Third Edition", Sections 5.3 and 5.4
Hearst, Marti – "Models of the Information Seeking Process," Chapter 3 of "Search User Interfaces"
Wright, Alex – "Managing Scientific Inquiry in a Laboratory the Size of the Web"

L6. Resources in Organizing Systems, Part 1

Chapter 3 – Resources in Organizing Systems

L7. Resources in Organizing Systems, Part 2

Kent, William – Preface and Chapter 1 "Entities" of "Data and Reality"
Coyle, Karen – "Identifiers: Persistent, Unique, Global"
Berners-Lee, Tim – "Cool URIs Don't Change"
Brisbane, Arthur – "On, Now You See It, Now You Don’t"
Smith, Abby – "Authenticity in Perspective"

L8. Resource Description and Metadata, Part 1

Chapter 4 – Resource Description and Metadata
A3. Resource Description (Due: 09/25/2012)

L9. Resource Description and Metadata, Part 2

Kent, William – Chapter 2, "The Nature of an Information System," and Chapter 3, "Naming," of "Data and Reality"
Wheatley, Malcolm – "Operation Clean Data"
Branting, L. Karl – "Name Matching in Law Enforcement and Counter-Terrorism"
Doctorow, Cory – "Metacrap"
Cameron Marlow, Mor Naaman, Danah Boyd, and Marc Davis. "HT06, Tagging Paper, Taxonomy, Flickr, Academic Article, To Read"

L10. XML

Glushko, Robert J., and McGrath, Tim – "XML Foundations," Chapter 2 of "Document Engineering"
Bray, Tim – "On Language Creation"
A4. XML Editors and Descriptions

L11. Describing Multimedia Resources

Harpring, Patricia – "The Language of Images"
Naaman, Harada; Wang, Garcia-Molina; and Paepcke – "Context Data in Geo-Referenced Digital Photo Collections"
Hemerly, J. – "Making Metadata: The Case of MusicBrainz" (pages 4-9, 24-29)

L12. Describing Relationships and Structures, Part 1

Chapter 5 – Describing Relationships and Structures
A5. Ontology

L13.Describing Relationships and Structures, Part 2

Kent, William – "Relationships," Chapter 4 of "Data and Reality"
Berners-Lee, Tim; Hendler, James; and Lassila, Ora – "The Semantic Web"
Byrne, Gillian and Goddard, Lisa – "The Strongest Link: Libraries and Linked Data"
Fellbaum, Christiane – "Wordnet"

L14. Categories: Describing Resource Classes and Types, Part 1

Chapter 6 – Categorization: Describing Resource Classes and Types

L15. Categories: Describing Resource Classes and Types, Part 2

Glushko, Robert J. – "Modeling Methods and Artifacts for Crossing the Data/Document Divide"
de Larios-Heiman, Lisa and Cracraft, Carolyn – "SylViA: The Syllabus Viewing Application" (pages 1-6)
Rosenthal, Arnon; Seligman, Len; and Renner, Scott – "From Semantic Integration to Semantics Management"

L16. Classification: Assigning Resources to Categories, Part 1

Chapter 7 – Classification: Assigning Resources to Categories
A6. Faceted Classification

L17. Classification: Assigning Resources to Categories, Part 2

Bowker, G., and Star, S. - "Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consquences," Chapter 1 (1-13)
Li, Jiexun, et al. – "From Fingerprint to Writeprint"
Graham, P. - "A Plan for Spam"

L18. Midterm Review (In Class)

L19. Personal Information Management

Davies, Stephen – "Still Building the Memex"
Kirsh, David – "A Few Thoughts on Cognitive Overload"
Marshall, Catherine – "Rethinking Personal Digital Archiving, Part 1"

L20. Midterm

L21. Interactions in Organizing Systems; Introduction to IR and NLP

Chapter 9 – Interactions with Resources
Michel, Jean-Baptiste, et al. – "Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books"
Greengard, Samuel – "Life, Translated"
A7. Model Mapping and Interoperability

L22. Interactions in Organizing Systems, Part 2

Glushko, Robert J. and McGrath, Tim – "When Models Don't Match: The Interoperability Challenge," Chapter 6 of "Document Engineering"
Schwarzman, Alexander B., et al. – "XML-Centric Workflow Offers Benefits to Scholarly Publishers"

L23. Text Processing and Boolean Models

Manning, Christopher, et al. – "Introduction to Information Retrieval" (Ch. 1, p. 1-6 – "Boolean Retrieval")
Manning, Christopher, et al. – Ch. 2 – "The Term Vocabulary and Postings Lists")

L24. UIs for Search and IR

Hearst, Marti – "Search User Interfaces" (Preface and Ch. 1)
Keates, S., Varker, P., and Spowart, F. - "Human-Machine Design Considerations in Advanced Machine-Learning Systems"
A8. Search User Interface Evaluation

L25. Vector Models and Dimensionality Reduction

Manning, Christopher, et al. – "Introduction to Information Retrieval" (Ch. 6 – "Scoring, Term Weighting and the Vector Space Model")
Yu, Clara, et al. – "Patterns in Unstructured Data" (Read from "Latent Semantic Indexing" through "Applications of LSI")

L26. Web Search and Structure-Based Models, Part 1

Manning, Christopher, et al. – "Introduction to Information Retrieval" (Ch. 19, p. 421-431 – "Web Search Basics")"
Manning, Christopher et al. – "Introduction to Information Retrieval" (Ch. 21)

L27. Structure-Based Models, Part 2

Manning, Christopher, et al. – "Introduction to Information Retrieval" (Ch. 10 – "XML retrieval")
Bourret, Ron – "Going Native: Use Cases for Native XML Databases"

L28. Mobile and Multimedia IR

Hearst, Marti – "Search User Interfaces" (Ch. 12 – "Emerging Trends in Search User Interfaces")
Schmitz, Patrick and Black, Michael – "The Delphi Toolkit: Enabling Semantic Search for Museum Collections"
A9. Text Processing Tools

Alumni Day

A10. Optional Alumni Day Reflection

L29, Course Review

Chapter 10 – A Roadmap for Organizing Systems

Final Exam

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