CPSC 675   Digital Libraries INSTRUCTOR: Dr. John Leggett
OFFICE HOURS MWF, 1:00pm-1:45pm PHONE: (979) 845-0298, 458-4116
OFFICE: HRBB 404 EMAIL: leggett@tamu.edu


Course Description

This class covers current research and practice in the field of Digital Libraries. Current practice will be investigated by studying common architectures and techniques for building and maintaining digital libraries. Greenstone, DSpace, or other approved open source digital library systems will be used as a vehicle for building digital collections throughout the semester. Current research will be investigated by reading the research literature and will cover the breadth of this highly interdisciplinary area.

Reading Materials

The practical part of this course will focus on reading, presentation and discussion of the reference materials, acquisition of skills with Greenstone, DSpace, or other approved open source digital library systems, and building digital collections. The research part of this course will focus on reading, presentation and discussion of the research literature. We will read approximately 55 research papers taken from the best papers in JCDL (and previous) conferences, as well as several technical reports and white papers. The papers will be available online (mostly from the ACM digital library).

Grading

The grade will be based 20% on class participation, 40% on exams, and 40% on digital collection development.

Class Participation

Class sessions covering the research literature will include a discussion of reading materials. One student will be assigned to present a brief overview of the reading and other students will be ready to discuss the important topics in the readings. All students are expected to have read the materials and be able to participate. Students will be able to sign up in advance for particular readings.

Exams

Exams are comprehensive and cover all discussion in class, all readings and all assignments to date.

Digital Collection Development

Students are expected to build digital collections during this class. The collections could be several small, interesting collections, one or two medium size collections, or one large collection. This will be discussed in detail in class and the collection building effort must be approved by the instructor. The collections will be presented to the class at the end of the semester.