Seminar in Contemporary Issues
Advanced Topics in the Organization of Knowledge (web-based thesauri, social tagging)
Fall 2010 Greensheet
Textbooks and Readings
This course is taught online using Angel. The Angel access code for this course will be sent to those enrolled in the class a few days before the start of the semester. The Angel site for the course will be open for self-enrollment at that time.
The course is designed to explore and examine the principles and practice of indexing, abstracting, thesaurus construction, web-based application of thesauri and other types of knowledge organization systems and social organization of information.
Objectives and Contents
- To examine and apply the principles of indexing, abstracting and subject analysis.
- To examine and apply the principles of thesaurus construction and use.
- To examine thesaurus applications in new indexing environments such as subject gateways, portals and digital libraries
- To examine the role of social organization of information
This course explores the theory and practice of four core areas of information work: indexing & abstracting; thesaurus construction; the application of thesauri on the Web and social organization of information. The focus for all four areas is the application of principles for effective information retrieval.
LIBR 281 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:
- design, query and evaluate information retrieval systems;
- use the basic concepts and principles related to the creation, evaluation, selection, acquisition, preservation and organization of specific items or collections of information;
- understand the system of standards and methods used to control and create information structures and apply basic principles involved in the organization and representation of knowledge.
Course work will consist of written lectures, readings, online discussions, three big assignments and three smaller assignments. Though the class is designed to support a variety of learning styles, collaboration and sharing ideas is a requirement.
- Online Discussion/Class Participation
As this class is completely on-line and asynchronous, participation in the weekly ANGEL discussions is essential for success in the course. Weekly postings are due each Friday by midnight.
- Introduction and short biography via Angel: Students will provide a brief introduction of themselves, including their career goals and their motivation for choosing the course.
- Observations on image indexing: Students will carry out sample searches on content-based and concept-based image indexing digital image collections and will share their observations on the discussion forum.
- Indexing and abstracting: Students will create an indexing and abstracting record for a journal article using a web-based thesaurus.
- Observation on abstract writing: Students will write an abstract for a journal article and will compare their abstract with the author-generated abstract and will share their observations on the discussion board.
- Thesaurus construction project: Students will create a small thesaurus for an LIS community using the facet analysis technique.
All assignments are due at 11:59 pm (pacific) on the due date.
|Online discussion/class participation||Weekly||10%|
|Introductions/Short Biography via Angel||August 25||5%|
|Observations on image indexing||September 15||5%|
|Observations on abstract writing||September 22||5%|
|Indexing and abstracting||September 29||20%|
|Thesaurus construction||October 27||30%|
|Evaluation of a thesaurus-enhanced search system||December 8||25%|
I will create a discussion forum in Angel for general questions regarding due-dates, structure of assignments, and clarification of concepts. Please post your general questions here so that all students may benefit. Feel free to contact me via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Introduction to the course: Thesauri, indexing and abstracting, thesauri on the web, relevance||Cleveland & Cleveland
Chapters 1 – 3
|2||September 1||Indexing: controlled vs. free indexing languages||Cleveland & Cleveland – Chapters 4 (p.35-40), 5 (p.48-55; 61-73 =examples) & 6|
|3||September 8||Indexing of imaginative work
Concept-based vs. content-based image indexing
|Cleveland & Cleveland – Chapters 8, 11, 12, 15|
|4||September 15||Image indexing exercise
Share your observations on the discussion forum
|5||September 22||Abstracting: types and categories of abstracts
Exercise: Write an informative abstract (share your observation on the discussion forum)
|Cleveland & Cleveland – Chapters 5 (p.55-60; 74-90 = examples), 7, 17|
|6||September 29||Thesaurus construction||Cleveland & Cleveland – Chapters 4 (p.40-47; 91-96 = examples);
Aitchison et al. A-C (p.1-16); F2 (p.68-78); E (p.37-48
|ASSIGNMENT 1 Due: Indexing and abstracting|
|7||October 6||Thesaurus construction: compound terms and relationship types||Aitchison et al. F - F1 (p.49-68)|
|8||October 13||Thesaurus construction: term selection
Term selection exercise: forum discussion
|Aitchison et al. D (p.17-36)|
|9||October 20||Thesaurus software exercise||TheW32 manual|
|10||October 27||Thesauri on the web||Shiri, Ali (2000) Thesauri on the Web: current developments and trends. Online Information Review, Vol. 24, No 4. pp. 273 - 279.
Hudon, Michele. (2003) True and tested products: thesauri on the web. Indexer, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 115 -119
|ASSIGNMENT2: Thesaurus construction project|
|11||November 4||Knowledge organization systems in new information environments||
Koch, Traugott (2000). Quality-controlled subject gateways: definitions, typologies, empirical overview. Online Information Review, Vol. 24 No. 1, pp.24-34.
|12||November 17||User-centred evaluation of thesauri: retrieval and interface||
Shiri, Ali Asghar; Revie, Crawford; Chowdhury, Gobinda. (2002) Thesaurus-Enhanced Search Interfaces. Journal of Information Science. 28(2), pp.111 - 122.
|13||November 24||Social organization of information: tagging and bookmarking||
Guy, M., and Tonkin, E., Folksonomies - Tidying up tags? D-lib Magazine, January 2006. http://www.dlib.org/dlib/january06/guy/01guy.html
|14||December 1||Thesaurus-based search lab|
|15||December 8||Wrap-up and final assignment|
|ASSIGNMENT3: Evaluation of thesaurus-enhanced search systems|
- Aitchison, J., Gilchrist, A., & Bawden, D. (2000). Thesaurus construction and use: A practical manual (4th ed.). Routledge. Available through Amazon: 0851424465
- Cleveland, Donald B., & Cleveland, Ana D. (2001). Introduction to Indexing and Abstracting. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1563086417.
The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:
|97 to 100||A|
|94 to 96||A minus|
|91 to 93||B plus|
|88 to 90||B|
|85 to 87||B minus|
|82 to 84||C plus|
|79 to 81||C|
|76 to 78||C minus|
|73 to 75||D plus|
|70 to 72||D|
|67 to 69||D minus|
In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:
- C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
- B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation. You must repeat the class the following semester. If -on the second attempt- you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
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