LIS 647
Systems Analysis for Information Management
(Focus on Creating Semantic Digital Libraries)

co-located with

ICS 691 Topics in Software
Creating Semantic Digital Libraries

(Fall 2017)

Course Description (from UH catalog)
LIS 647 Systems Analysis for Information Management (Focus on Creating Semantic Digital Libraries). Overview of systems analysis, its techniques, benefits, and limitations. Focus on libraries and information agencies, although concepts are applicable to other settings. Structured, top-down solutions stressed throughout. Object oriented techniques and data modeling tools are reviewed.

ICS 691 Topics in Software (Creation of Digital Libraries). Reflects special interests of faculty in theoretical computer science.
Detailed Course Description
This course teaches students the principles and techniques of systems analysis and how to apply them in creating user-centered digital libraries. Digital Libraries are organized collections of information, a focused collection of digital objects, including text, video, and audio, along with methods for access and retrieval, and for selection, organization, and maintenance of the collection (Witten, Ian H., David Bainbridge and, David M. Nichols. How to Build a Digital Library. 2nd ed. San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann, 2010, p. 7).

Digital libraries are fast becoming an integral part of information science as more and more institutions (e.g. libraries, schools, universities, museums, corporation, government) are building their own digital collections and institutional repositories. At a more personal level, there is a need to learn how to create, manage and provide access to digital collections about our communities, families, personal interests and work.

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Intended Audience
This course takes an interdisciplinary approach and therefore is geared towards students in different fields (e.g. LIS, ICS, ITM, Museum Studies, Geography, ETEC, etc). It is appropriate for students who need to understand methods for selection, organization, access, maintenance, and end user retrieval of digital collections. It is useful for students who wish to learn real-world implementation of these powerful educational tools. It is suitable for anyone who wants to build their own personal digital library.
Course Structure
Class meetings will combine lectures, demos, exercises, presentations and discussions. For each class session, students should have completed the assigned readings, bringing questions and comments to the class. There will be class exercises and minor assignments. During each class a student will help the instructor to lead, co-teach the session with the instructor.

Early in the semester students will choose a digital library / project to review as well as special topic relevant to the creation of semantic digital library; students will also work in a term project (see descriptions below); working in groups for the special topic and / or term project is encouraged.

Laulima Class Website: Students will use Laulima as the website for the class including conducting online discussions of their projects.
Topics Covered Sample Projects Prerequisites
There are no prerequisite classes; however, students should have basic knowledge of Information Technology.