Handout 1: 9/3/02
Special Topics in Digital Libraries
Fall Semester 2002
TuTh 9:35-10:50 -- HRBB 104
Description of Course
The course surveys current research and practice in Digital Libraries, which
seek to provide intellectual access to large-scale, distributed, digital
information repositories. The course will be based on current readings taken
from the research literature and will cover the breadth of this highly
interdisciplinary area of study.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing in CPSC or permission of the instructor
Richard Furuta, HRBB 402C, 845-3839, firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Web pages
Office hours: TBA
The course Web pages are located at
Please check them regularly for new announcements.
Tentative course grading plan
This grading scheme is subject to change. In particular, if class
characteristics warrant, additional elements may be added to the course
|15%||Individual project one (first half of the semester)|
|15%||Individual project two (second half of the semester)|
|40%||Term project (small to medium-sized groups;
semester-long) [5% proposal, 10% literature review, 10% presentation, 15%
|10%||Digital Library project summary presentation (individual or
|15%||Reading summaries (due monthly)
|5%||Assignment 0 (first week of class)|
- Check the course's Web pages regularly for new announcements. If you
need to contact me outside of regularly scheduled times, please use electronic
- Assignments will be announced in class. Please refer to the course Web
site for the assignment specification.
- If examinations are necessary, they will be
comprehensive and will cover all course material
to date (i.e., both readings and discussions). Examinations will be closed-book
unless otherwise specified.
There will be no makeup examinations. If you have a valid medical excuse,
the examination component of your grade will be computed based on the other
- Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date. Due
dates will be set to give ample time for completion of the project and
will not be extended save for the unexpected and unlikely major, long-lived
catastrophy. Individual accomodations will be discussed if you have a valid
medical excuse. Last minute computer malfunction or work assigned in other
classes will not be accepted as valid reason for delaying an assignment's
due date. (Changes to an assignment's due date will generally be avoided
because they are unfair to those students who have organized their time
to complete the assignment). Late assignments will be decremented by 10%
per day (Monday-Friday) or fraction of day late, starting at class time.
- Put your name, email address, and the URL for your course Web site
on all assignments. Place an electronic
copy of your assignments on your course Web site.