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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
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 4246 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
- Teaching Staff: Min-Yen Kan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office: S15 05-05 (x1885). Office hours (before class) Tuesdays,
16:00-18:00, or by appointment. Emails to me as a default are assumed
to be public, and my replies and your anonymized email will likely 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.
Lectures will be webcasted and archived. See IVLE or
ask the webcast technicians for help if you have trouble
accessing this information.
- Textbooks: We will be reading primary materials (e.g.,
recent conference papers) as well as some chapters from secondary
textbook sources. You should have quick access to the
following texts, in order of relevance to the course:
- Michael Lesk (1999) Practical 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 (2003) Managing
- Chakrabarti (2002), Mining the Web: Analysis of
Hypertext and Semi Structured Data.
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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