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: 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.

Prerequisites
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.

Reading Materials
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).

Grading
The grade will be based 10% on class participation, 40% on class assignments, and 50% 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.

Class Assignments
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.