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2010/2011  BA-IINC  Information in Context

English Title
Information in Context

Course Information

Language English
Point 10 ECTS (300 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Course Period Autumn
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BA in Information Management
Course Coordinator
Dorte Madsen
Main Category of the Course
  • Management of Information and Knowledge Management

Taught under Open University-Taught under open university.
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the theoretical framework of information management and to develop their skills in analyzing and organizing information.
The course introduces a range of theoretical understandings of information and information organization within the fields of Information Management, Information Science and Information Architecture. Students will learn how to use this theoretical foundation for relating such concepts and theories to empirical information and practical approaches to information organization.
The overall challenge of information management is how information can be managed to create value and contribute to organisational goals. This course focuses on the the theoretical foundation for working with information, on general principles of organization of information, on analyzing information needs in different user groups, and on different types of information.
Students should develop an ability to discuss information processes, users’ information needs, discuss the relationship between the context of the user, the design of contents and organization of information.
Computer-mediated Communication and Collaboration and Information in Context
Exam Period May/June
The examination is a four-hour written open book exam where students prepare an essay, drawing on the curriculum of the two courses examined.

• Re-takes for students who did not pass the ordinary exam as well as students who were ill during the oral examination take place according to the same rules as for the ordinary examination.

All exam aids are allowed.
The regular exam is in October, and re-examination is in December/January
Prerequisites for Attending the Exam
Course Content

The course includes but is not limited to the following topics

· The conceptual framework and challenges of

o Information Management

o Information Science,

o Information Architecture

· The concept of information

· Users, mental models, user needs and behaviours

· Organization of information and the structural design of shared information environments

o classification, metadata, tagging

o controlled vocabularies

o corporate taxonomies

Teaching Methods
Thematic lectures that develop the key concepts and key models of the fields of Information Management, Information Science, Information Architecture and information organization. In the workshops, the themes will be further developed in group discussions, group presentations and group writings. Furthermore, students will practise writing reviews of the course literature.

Required readings - a total of 411 pages

Bates, M. J. (1989) The design of browsing and berrypicking techniques for the online search interface. Online Review, 13 (October 1989). Retrieved 12/06/2009 from http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/bates/berrypicking.html

(16 pages)

Bates, M. J. (2002). TOWARD AN INTEGRATED MODEL OF INFORMATION SEEKING AND SEARCHING. Paper presented at the The Fourth International Conference on Information Needs, Seeking and use in Different Contexts, Lisbon, Portugal,. Retrieved 12/06/2009 from


(12 pages)

Crowston, K., & Kwasnik, B. H. (2004). A framework for creating a facetted classification for genres: Addressing issues of multidimensionality. HICSS '04: Proceedings of the Proceedings of the 37th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS'04) - Track 4, 40100.1.

(9 pages) [compendium]

Dillon, A. (2005). Conclusion: So what is this thing called information? In H. van Oostendorp, & Breure, Leen, Dillon, Andrew (Eds.), Creation, use, and deployment of digital information (pp. 307--316). Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. (9 pages)[compendium]

Feldman, S. (2004). The high cost of not finding information.KM World, 13(3), 8-10. http://search.ebscohost.com.esc-web.lib.cbs.dk/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bth&AN=12462292&site=ehost-live&scope=site

(3 pages)

Francke, H. (2009). Towards an architectural document analysis. Journal of Information Architecture, 1(1) from http://journalofia.org/volume1/issue1/03-francke/jofia-0101-03-francke.pdf (7pages)

Jacob, E. K. (1994). Classification and crossdisciplinary communication: Breaching the boundaries imposed by classificatory structure. Knowledge Organization and Quality Management. Proceedings of the Third International ISKO Conference 20-24 June 1994, Copenhagen Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark., 4 101-108. (8 pages) [compendium]

Jones, W. How is information personal? Paper presented at the CHI 2008 conference Florence, Italy. Retrieved 12/06/2009 from

http://pim2008.ethz.ch/papers/pim2008-jones.pdf(3 pages)

Jones, W., & Teevan, J. (2007). Personal information management. Seattle: University of Washington Press. (38 pages) [compendium]

Kirk, J. (2005). Information in organizations: Directions for information management. In E. Macevičiūtė, & T. D. Wilson (Eds.), Introducing information management. an information research reader (pp. 3-17). London: Facet Publishing. (15 pages) [compendium]

Leise, F., Fast, K. & Steckel, M. Synonym rings and authority files - boxes and arrows: The design behind the design. Retrieved 12/06/2009 from

http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/synonym_rings_and_authority_files (6 pages)

Leise, F., Fast, K. & Steckel, M. (2002/12/09). All about facets & controlled vocabularies - boxes and arrows: The design behind the design.Retrieved 12/06/2009 from http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/all_about_facets_controlled_vocabularies(1,5 pages)

Leise, F., Fast, K. & Steckel, M. (2002/12/16). What is A controlled vocabulary? - boxes and arrows: The design behind the design.Retrieved 12/06/2009 from http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/what_is_a_controlled_vocabulary_(6 pages)

Leise, F., Fast, K. & Steckel, M. (2003/08/26). Creating a controlled vocabulary - boxes and arrows: The design behind the design.Retrieved 12/06/2009 from http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/creating_a_controlled_vocabulary(10 pages)

Morville, P. & Rosenfeld, L. (2006). Information architecture for the world wide web (3rd ed.). USA: O'Reilly Media, Inc.

(155,5 pages with screenshots deducted).

Myburgh, S. (2005). The new information professional: How to survive in the information age doing what you love. Oxford: Chandos. (27 pages) [compendium]

Ungerer, F., & Schmid, H. (1996). An introduction to cognitive linguistics. London: Longman. (85 pages) [compendium]

Recommended readings

Dillon, A. (2002). Information architecture in JASIST: Just where did we come from?Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 53(10), 821. http://search.ebscohost.com.esc-web.lib.cbs.dk/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bth&AN=7239526&site=ehost-live&scope=site (3 pages)

Feldman, S. (2004). Why CATEGORIZE?KM World, 13(9), 8-10. http://search.ebscohost.com.esc-web.lib.cbs.dk/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bth&AN=14688134&site=ehost-live&scope=site

Leise, F., Fast, K. & Steckel, M. (2003/10/27). Controlled vocabularies: A glosso-thesaurus - boxes and arrows: The design behind the design.Retrieved 12/06/2009 from http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/controlled_vocabularies_a_glosso_thesaurus

Madsen, D. (2009). Editorial. shall we dance? Journal of Information Architecture, 1(1) from http://journalofia.org/volume1/issue1/01-madsen/jofia-0101-01-madsen.pdf

Schlögl, C. (2005). Information and knowledge management: Dimensions and approaches. [Electronic version].Information Research, 10(4, paper 235) Retrieved 12/06/2009 http://InformationR.net/ir/10-4/paper235.html