Readings and Weekly Content: Information Representation


Note about the reading assignments: You will read the assigned readings for a given week before we meet on Tuesday of that week (for example, you will complete the assigned readings for Week 2 before you come to class on January 13). You will find this helpful because you will be prepared to earn higher marks on the class participation, individual assignments, and group in-class cumulative assessments if you have read the readings carefully and on time. You should refer to the course Reading List for full citations for the readings and their locations.

UNIT 1: Representation

Unit 1 introduces you to the main concepts associated with information representation, including surrogation and aggregation. You’ll learn what information entities are, and to distinguish between their form, content, and intellectual attributes. You’ll also learn how information representations are using in the development of information retrieval tools.

UNIT 2: Schemas, genres, and mental models.

Unit 2 is where you learn how the mental models of designers and users do influence and should shape information representation schemes. When information is represented, it can take the form of various genres, and it is important to know which ones are appropriate in what contexts of use. Unit 2 is also where we’ll discuss intermediaries, which can be human or machine, but which always insert an extra mental model into an information transaction.