|INF W385T Digital Libraries||INSTRUCTOR: Dr. John Leggett|
|Fridays, June 3 to August 5, 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm||PHONE: (979) 845-0298, 458-4116|
|ROOM: SZB 546||EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org|
Students should have a basic knowledge of computing and the humanities, the ability to learn new software tools on their own, and the ability to generate a basic web site by authoring web pages. Basic knowledge of XML would be beneficial.
The practical part of this course will focus on reading, presentation and discussion of reference materials, acquisition of skills with an open source digital library system, 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 40 research papers taken almost exclusively from the best papers in JCDL (and previous) conferences. The papers will be available online (mostly from the ACM digital library).
The grade will be based 10% on class participation, 40% on class assignments, and 50% on digital collection development.
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.
Several short assignments will be given throughout the class. These assignments may require use of specific software outside of class time and will take the form of short essays, written answers to questions, and design documents. Most materials will be delivered through the web and will be linked from the student's web page for the class. Some materials may be delivered via email.
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 on the last class day.