Monday, September 30, 2013

Information Organization

I'm taking a class in the Information School this semester called Information Organization and Retrieval.  It's about the intersection of computer science, library science, business information management, and database management.  It provides a framework that unifies all those seemingly disparate disciplines.  I find it to be extremely relevant right now, especially as I'm implementing a web app myself.  Oroeco has to handle customer data as well as science data.  We also then "create" new data that is tailored for the customer.  Many decisions for how to organize the information are more about what makes sense conceptually than technically.  Professor Robert Glushko argues that computer scientists could learn a lot from library science and vice versa.

This is a link to the syllabus.

Professor Glushko wrote a book The Discipline of Organizing 

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