Content Analysis of Web Sites
School of Library and Information Science
University of Kentucky
- Class: Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:30
- Instructor: Xia Lin (with Lois Chan)
- Office: 518D, King Library South
- Office Hours: 4:00 - 5:00, Wednesdays;
2:00 - 4:00, Tuesdays
- Telephone: 606-257-3853
World Wide Web has become a major information
resource that is more and more popular to information users.
With a wide range of web sites providing information on topics
as broad as any library can provide, it becomes increasingly important
to have effective techniques to describe their contents and
help users search for needed information.
This class will study various techniques that may be used to organize and
present web information resources. Through the course, students will develop
an understanding of
general principles of knowledge organization. They will study
traditional library techniques, such as classification, indexing
and thesaurus, as well as new approaches to digital information
organizing. They will examine various existing projects and
different approaches to web information access. They will also
develop their own projects on a selected approach to web information
A combination of lectures, demonstrations,
hand-on activities, and group discussions will be attempted in
this class. Each student in this class will focus on a selected
approach or projects and report his /her findings to the
class. Each student will also work on a term project to index
a selected web site and/or create a knowledge class on a selected
topic or subject area. The instructor and other faculty members
will provide research tools for students and supervise their projects.
Students are expected to read assigned
materials before the class and participate in class discussions
and other activities. All assignments need to be finished on time.
Late assignments will be penalized.
Grades and assignments:
Grades for this course will be based on the following:
Some other assignments may be given throughout the semester.
- The term paper 20%
- The term project 40%
- Three assignments 30%
- Presentations/discussions 10%
Course Outline for LIS 690, Spring, 1997
Jan. 21. Introduction to the course
The scenario and the projects
The theme and the papers
The classics -- Memex/World Brain/Xanadu/Cyberspace
Knowledge organizing -- paradigms
Well, H. G. (1936). World Encyclopedia.
In: World Brain. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran &
Co., pp. 3- 35.
Bush, V. (1945). As we may think. The
Atlantic Monthly. 176(1):101-108 .
Xiao, Y. (1994). Facet Classification:
A consideration of its features as a paradigm of knowledge organization.
Knowledge Organization 21(2), pp. 64-68.
Bies, W. (1996). Thinking with the help
of images: on the metaphors of knowledge organization. Knowledge
Organization 23(1), pp. 3-8.
Huth, M. (1995). Symbolic and sub-symbolic
knowledge organization in the computational theory of mind. Knowledge
Organization 22(1), 10 - 17.
Knowledge organizing -- tools
Classification, Indexing and thesaurus
Chan, L. M. (1995). Classification, Present
and Future. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 21(2),
5 - 17.
Dahlberg, I. (1995). The Future of classification
in Libraries and networks, a theoretical point of view. Cataloging
& Classification Quarterly 21(2), 23 - 35.
Molhot, P. (1995). Qualities of Classification
schemes for the information superhighway. Cataloging & Classification
Quarterly 21(2), 19 - 22.
Dahlberg, I. (1988). Concept and Definition Theory. In: Classification Theory in the Computer Age: Conversations across the disciplines. Rockefeller College Press, New York. pp. 12 - 24.
Knowledge organizing -- processes
Svenonius, E. (1990). Design of controlled
vocabularies. In: Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science.
Vol. 45, Supplement 10. pp. 82 - 109.
Feb. 18. Natures of Web Information Space
Srinivasan, P. et al. (1996). An investigation of indexing on the WWW. Proceedings of ASISı 96, pp. 79 - 83.
Arson, R. R. (1996). Bibliometric of the world wide web: an exploratory analysis of the intellectual structure of cyberspace.
Proceedings of ASISı 96, pp. 71- 78.
An Investigation of Documents from the World Wide Web
WebSite Content Analysis
Feb. 25. Search engine approach
Singh, A. & Lindsky, D. (1996). All-out search. PC-Magazine, V15(21), December 3, 1996. pp. 213 -249.
Kathleen Webster, K. & Kathryn Paul. Beyond Surfing: Tools and Techniques for Searching the Web
Ziegler, B. (1996). Why search engines arenıt turning up a host of web sites.
The Wall Street Journal, December 10, 1996.
50+ Search engines
Assignment 2. Web searching
Mar. 4. Clearinghouse approach
Ingwersen, P. (1982). Search procedures in the library -- analyzed from the cognitive point of view.
Journal of Documentation, 38(3), 165-191.
DESIRE(Development of a European Service for Information on Research and Education)
Mar. 11. Web sites reviews/evaluations
Evaluations of Internet Resources -- a Collection
Mar. 18. Spring Break
Mar. 25. Classification approach
Lynch, C. A. and C. M. Preston (1989). Describing and classifying networked information resources.
Electronic networking: Research, Applications and Policy 2(1): 13-23.
Beyond Bookmarks: Schemes for Organizing the Web
Assignment 3. Comparison of two classification approaches
Apr. 1. Meta data approach
Smith, Terence R. The Meta-Information Environment of Digital Libraries.
D-Lib Magazine, July/August 1996.
OCLC/NCSA Metadata Workshop Report -- Dublin Core
A Syntax for Dublin Core Metadata: Recommendations from the Second Metadata Workshop
Image Description on the Internet
Meta data Resources
InterCat -- A Catalog of Internet Resources
Apr. 8. Knowledge Class approach
Concept maps and 24th Century Press
Knowledge Class -- Information Retrieval
Knowledge Class -- Anglo-Saxon Literature
Knowledge Class-- Investment
Apr. 15. Information visualization
Judge, A.J.N. (1994). Visualization: Structural outliners and conceptual scaffolding.
In: Encyclopedia of World problems and Human Potentials. 4th ed. Vol2., p. 535 -536.
Bolter, J. D. (1997). You are what you see. Wired. 5(1), 113 - 116.
The Big Picture(sm): Visual Browsing in Web and non-Web Databases
Apr. 22. Information mapping approach
Lin, X. (1997). Map displays for information retrieval.
Journal of the American Society for Information Science. 48(1), 40-54. 1997.
Interactive Information Services Using World-Wide Web Hypertext
WebMap - A Graphical Hypertext Navigation Tool
The Netcenter's Official Roadmap to the INTERNET
PC Computing's Web Map
Apr. 29. Channel/netcasting approach
The PointCast Network
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