INF 384C - Organizing Information
Introduction to the concepts of information organization, representation, and classification. Consideration of different traditions of practice and user concerns.
Three lecture hours a week for one semester.
This course provides a general
introduction to the organization of information, concentrating on
the core operations of describing, grouping, arranging, and
relating objects. While the course will focus most heavily on the
organization of documents, or bibliographic information, the
objects most commonly organized in libraries and archives, we
will not be unduly concerned with particular implementations for
any specific institution. In other words, you will not learn
traditional library cataloging or archival description in this
class. You will, however, learn the principles that form the
basis for all such systems. Accordingly, the assignments for the
course emphasize the application of organization principles in
designing mechanisms for organizing information.