School Of Library and Information Science | Organization and Representation of Knowledge and Information
L505 | 6917 | Shaw

The representation and organization of information resources is a
primary focus for information professionals. Organizational structures
such as classification schemes, indexes, bibliographies and catalogs
have been devised to provide access not only to discrete resources,
but also to the intellectual content (recorded knowledge or
information) contained within each resource. The recent explosive
growth in both the number and the variety of information resources
serves to underscore the continuing need for application of effective
methods of representation and organization.

Practical and effective systems of information representation and
organization must depend upon a comprehensive understanding of both
the theoretical foundations of bibliographic organization and the
basic principles of human cognition. Accordingly, this course
investigates the basic principles and theoretical foundations of
traditional organizational schemes. This investigation will include
materials from traditional librarianship, information science,
cognitive science, semiotics, linguistics, and artificial intelligence
that have contributed to understanding how people obtain, store,
retrieve and use information. It will also examine how research in
these areas can inform current practices of representation and
organization in the design of more effective and efficient information
retrieval systems.