Course Syllabus

Information Organization & Retrieval, Fall 2016

Teaching Team:

Required Textbooks:

Glushko, Robert J. (Editor).The Discipline of Organizing: Informatics Edition (4th edition). O'Reilly Media, 2016.  

Course Grade Breakdown

exams - 40% (2 midterms at 10% each; final exam at 20%)
case study assignment - 15%
other assignments - 35%
participation - 10%

 

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TOPIC

      CORE READINGS

    CASE STUDIES, OTHER RESOURCES

1-W 8/24

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Intro to Course & TDO

  • TDO Chapter 1
  • CASE: Multigenerational photo collection (12.1)
  • CASE: Dabbawalas of Mumbai (12.16)
  • CASE: Data Center (12.17)
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2-M 8/29

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Design Decisions for Organizing Systems

  • TDO Chapter 2
  • CASE: Knowledge Management (12.2)
  • CASE: Autonomous Cars (12.12)
 
ASSIGNMENT 1 - Case study; proposal for topic and deliverables due 9/28
ASSIGNMENT 2 - Analyze "Memex" and "The Library of Babel" as Organizing Systems. Due 9/3
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3-W 8/31

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Activities

  • TDO Chapter 3
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M 9/5

LABOR DAY HOLIDAY

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4-W 9/7

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Activities

  • CASE: Kitchen (12.5)
  • CASE: Satellites (12.6)
 
SECTION ASSIGNMENT 1 - Principles for Organizing - Andronico and Amazon -  (for sections on 9/14).
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5-M 9/12

ALUMNI DAY

  • CASE: Rail Transit (12.10)
  • CASE: Neuroscience lab (12.18)
 
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6-W 9/14

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Resources

  • TDO Chapter 4
  • Smith, Abby. “Authenticity in perspective.” Authenticity in a digital environment, 2000. Pages 69-75
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7-M 9/19

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Data as a Resource /
I o T

  • CASE: Smart Farm (12.3)
  • CASE:  CODIS DNA Database (12.9)
 
TAKE HOME EXAM 1 - due 9/23
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8-W 9/21

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Resource Description 1

  • TDO Chapter 5, 5.1- 5.3
  • TDO Chapter 9, 9.1- 9.2.1
  • CASE: IP Addresses (12.13)
  • CASE: Nonprofit Book Publisher (12.19)
  • Doctorow, Cory. “Metacrap,” 2001. 
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9-M 9/26

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Describing Non-Text Resources

 
ASSIGNMENT 3 - Develop a vocabulary. (due 10/7)
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10-W 9/28

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Features as Resource Descriptions

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11-M 10/3

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Relationships and Structures

  • TDO Sections 6.1- 6.4, 6.7
 
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12-W 10/5

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Document Structure and XML

  • TDO Section 6.5-6.7
POSTPONED, POSSIBLY CANCELLED:  SECTION ASSIGNMENT 2 - Document Types and Ontology
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13-M 10/10

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Semantic Web

 
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14-W 10/12

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Structure Between Data Points


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    15-M 10/17

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    Structure Between Data Sources

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      16-W 10/19

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      Categorization

      • TDO Chapter 7.1-7.4
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      17-M 10/24

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      Categorization and Computational Classification

         
        TAKE HOME EXAM 2 - due 10/28
         
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        18-W 10/26

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        Classification

        • TDO Sections 8.1-8.3
         
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        19-M 10/31

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        Classification and Standardization; Businesses as Organizing Systems

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        20-W 11/2

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        Classification and User Interactions

         
        ASSIGNMENT 4 - analyze a classification in terms of (a) the properties of the resources it uses (b) the principles that rely on those properties and (c) the biases or perspectives that are implied by (a) and (b). (due 11/9)
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        21-M 11/7

        Computational Classification 1

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        22-W 11/9

        Computational Classification (2)

            Downey (2012), "Bayes' Theorem" (chapter 1),
        Think Bayes
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        23-M 11/14

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        Interactions

        • TDO 10
        ASSIGNMENT 5 - an interaction design and data science problem (TBD) (due 11/25)
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        24-W 11/16

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        Inference and Testing as Interactions

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        25-M 11/21

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        Prediction and Recommendation as Interactions

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        W 11/23

        THANKSGIVING WEEK HOLIDAY

         

         

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        26-M 11/28

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        Case Study Presentations

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            27-W 11/30

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            Case Study Presentations

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              28 W 12/7

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              COURSE WRAP-UP; REVIEW FOR FINAL EXAM

              • re-read TDO Chapter 11(from 9/7)

               

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              M 12/12

              FINAL EXAM

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