INLS777-001 Fall 2022

Perspectives on information, technology and people

20 September 2022  1100-1215

Organizing, categorizing, classifying.

Let's begin by learning something we didn't know we didn't know.

① info world

We will start each session with one of us standing before the assembled group and introducing us to an "information world" that they are familiar with, but one that may well be new to the rest of us.

This will be voluntary: there will be no one necessarily assigned to do this weekly, though we hope everyone would want to share of themselves by taking advantage of the opportunity.

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② watch presenter in Sakai calendar

Watch this and think about how Paul Otlet used faceted categorization to create the Wikipedia of his day

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③ read presenter in Sakai calendar

A companion piece to the video.

The Birth of the Information Age: How Paul Otlet's Vision for Cataloging and Connecting Humanity Shaped Our World | Maria Popova

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④ ponder presenter in Sakai calendar

A bit about the discipline of organizing things.

Read chapter 01, Foundations for Organizing Systems, pages 1-38 in Robert J. Glushko's The Discipline of Organizing, MIT Press, 2013.

Pay particular attention to section 1.4 Organizing this Book. Ask yourself what concepts and decisions led to this organizational structure.

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