IAKM 60002 & LIS 60636

Knowledge Organization Structures, Systems, and Services

[Taxonomy, Thesaurus, Ontology, and other Semantic tools ]

Instructor: Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., Professor

Course Description:

This course will introduce various types of knowledge organization structures /systems /services ( KOS) used in the networked environment while exploring functions and data models for enabling KOS, as well as the philosophical, logical, and linguistic fundamentals of KOS. It explains design options, structure features, and procedures to be used in the construction of faceted structures, lists, taxonomies, thesauri, concept maps, semantic networks, and ontologies. Students will apply these methods in a set of projects to construct components and small-scale KOS products with or without software. Through analysis and evaluation of existing KOS and implementations, issues related to online display and searching, visualization, and interoperability will be explored.

Goals and Objectives:

Knowledge organization structures/systems/services (KOS) contribute to the foundation of Websites, intranets, portals, management systems of assets, documents, and knowledge, as well as other web-based services. As these services have become increasingly large, complex, and database-driven, the information architecture that underlies them has become more sophisticated. It is important that information and knowledge professionals understand how to align KOS with the academic, research, service, and business goals of an institution and how to leverage navigation, searching, collaborative filtering, and automated indexing approaches and technologies by implementing effective KOS to achieve cost-effective, scalable solutions.

After completing the course, the students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a higher level of understanding of the principles of taxonomies, thesauri, ontologies and other types of KOS through reading reports, product analyses, discussions, and independent projects;
  2. apply various methods of knowledge organization and representation in a set of projects that lead to the deliverables;
  3. construct lists, taxonomies, thesauri, and basic ontologies to be used for a networked environment;
  4. design and evaluate KOS and applications;
  5. describe and comment on the issues related to KOS in the networked environment.