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We will be using the Integrated Virtual Learning
Environment (IVLE) for forum discussions, announcements, and other
temporally-sensitive materials. Basic course administration, lecture
and tutorial notes will be available on this publicly-accessible
See the syllabus page for class notes
and topic covered -- this schedule will show the most up-to-date
schedule for the class. I will try to announce any changes in class
scheduling through IVLE.
Module Description: This module is targeted to advanced
undergraduates and beginning graduate students who wish to understand
real-world issues in building, using and maintaining large volumes of
information in digital libraries. The course will extend the notion
of digital libraries to encompass technologies suitable for the world
Fundamentals of modern information retrieval will first be taught,
with a particular focus on how this fundamental technology is merged
with traditional information finding skills of the librarian /
cataloger / archivist.
Students will round out their knowledge with case studies of how
different disciplines (e.g. music, arts, medicine and law) impose
different search, usability and maintenance requirements on the
- Modular credits: 4.
- CS 2103 Software Engineering is required for the course.
- Knowledge of CS 5246 Text processing on the web, CS 3240
Human computer interaction, IT 1003 Information Systems
Applications, CS 2102 Database systems are also
encouraged, but not required.
- This course does require programming competency
and some familiarity with the Unix/Linux environment in
its assignments. You are not required to have this
knowledge as a prerequisite, but you will need to pick
up some programming skills during the course.
- Teaching Staff: Min-Yen Kan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office: S15 05-05 (x1885). Office hours Tuesdays 5:00-6:30 pm (before
class, starting on Week 3). Emails to me as a default are assumed to
be public, and my replies and your anonymized email will be posted to
IVLE. Please let me know if you do not want the contents of
your email posted; I will be happy to honor your requests.
- Workload: 2 lecture hours, 8 hours preparation
per week. Occasional tutorials may be offered on subjects.
Past lectures have been webcasted and archived. This
semester's lectures will not be archived. See IVLE or
ask the webcast technicians for help if you have trouble
accessing this information.
- Textbooks: We will be reading textbooks for most
first half of the course and primary materials (e.g.,
recent conference papers) for the second half
textbook sources. A course pack that contains the lecture
slides, required readings has been prepared for you, it will be on
sale at the NUS Co-Op (Science branch) by the start of the course.
Additionally, you should have quick access to the
following texts, in order of relevance to the course:
- Michael Lesk (2004; 1997) Understanding Digital
Libraries. Practically the only high-quality book in
this area, but lacks enough depth for our purposes.
- Baeza-Yates and Ribeiro-Neto (1999) Modern Information
Retrieval. A well-respected and often used IR retrieval
book for teaching the fundamentals of IR. Used for
advanced coursework as well.
- Witten, Bell and Moffat (1999) Managing
- Chakrabarti (2002) Mining the Web: Analysis of
Hypertext and Semi-Structured Data.
- Arlene Taylor (1999) The Organization of Information.
Available from NUS Co-Op.
Aims and objectives of this course:
- Acquire working skills in research using electronic texts of
many types: from on-line newspaper texts to fiction to
hyperlinked collections of documents.
- Learn how text-based information systems work: principles,
design, indexing, search and retrieval, markup, clustering. Get
hands-on experience in design and building of such systems.
- Understand the perspectives and problems of information
providers in non-CS/IS fields, and how to apply current and
emerging technologies related to these problems.
- Familiarize students with current standards in digital library
environments and specific requirements of digital libraries for
Note to NUS-external visitors: Welcome! If you're a fellow
digital libraries course instructor looking for lecture material,
you can see the syllabus menu item on the left for a preview. Please
contact me if you'd like to use any of my material. Thanks!
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