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University of Michigan School of Information


666 - Organization of Information Resources

Students interested in careers in digital curation, digital repositories, and metadata and data management need a broad foundation in knowledge organization theory and approaches in a variety of domains, formats and methods. Further, they need a foundation in the different KO strategies ideal for use by organization, humans, and machines. In this course, students will learn the core concepts and principles of describing, grouping, arranging and relating information-bearing objects for different audiences. Through much of the semester focuses on the arrangement of documents and bibliographic information, this course additionally covers the organization of museum objects and their catalogs, biomedical data and records, and beyond. After taking this class, students will be able to:
- Compare and contrast knowledge organization practices and standards in a range of domains, including but not limited to libraries, archives, museums, scientific data center, health and biomedical databases, humanities research centers, and corporate records offices.
- Create basic descriptive metadata and simple information organization schemas for information resources.
- Identify the differences between machine-readable and human-readable knowledge organizational strategies, and articulate how those might conflict with or complement one another.
- Identify users' needs of information resources, and optimal strategies for the management of knowledge in response to those needs.
- Describe the differences and tensions between imposed and derived knowledge organization methods, and impacts of those methods on users' ability to access, query and use information resources.
- Demonstrate mastery of the theoretical foundations of knowledge organization.

This course will prepare students for future work in courses such as Semantics-Based Knowledge Description and Organization (SI 570) and Access Systems (SI 629).

Credit Hours 3