HIVK03071U Information Organizing Processes, Cph , Constituent elective A

Volume 2014/2015
This course provides an introduction to the conceptual foundation for organizing information and materials.  The course surveys the basic principles and concepts at play in the design and employment of knowledge organization systems, and as such it reviews fundamental knowledge organization principles and concepts; different approaches to organizing information; traditional, new and emerging knowledge organization systems; issues in the design of knowledge organization systems; and the ethical consequences of knowledge organization.  The course aims to provide students with a solid grasp of the theoretical foundation of knowledge organization, a sense of the diversity in approaches and systems, and an appreciation for the conceptual foundation of knowledge organization. The course prepares students to engage in the design and utilization of knowledge organization in many different kinds of environments, including businesses, web, special collections, libraries, research and NGOs.
Learning Outcome

The objective of the module is to provide the student with

knowledge and understanding of: 

  • Different types of metadata systems, including knowledge-organising systems.
  • Theories and methods in relation to metadata systems and knowledge-organising systems and processes.
  • Automatic and intellectual indexing systems.


skills in: 

  • Reflecting on central models and methods in relation to knowledge-organising systems.
  • Assessing suitable methods, and combinations of these, for studies/evaluation of metadata systems and knowledge-organising systems in relation to the system's context.
  • Exemplifying the use of knowledge-organising systems in different  types of information systems. 


competences in: 

  • Preparing/designing a metadata system.
  • Conducting an evaluation of a knowledge-organising system, including automatic and intellectual indexing.
Examples of literature that will be used in the course:

Blair, David C. 1990. Language and representation in information retrieval. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science.

Soergel, Dagobert. 1974. Indexing languages and thesauri: Construction and maintenance. Los Angles: Melville Publ. Co.

Svenonius, Elaine. 2000. The intellectual foundation of information organization. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 

Wilson, Patrick. 1968. Two kinds of power. An essay on bibliographical control. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Lectures, seminars, workshops, student presentations
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 45
  • Exam
  • 120
  • Preparation
  • 245,8
  • Total
  • 410,8
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Examination form: Written paper with subject chosen by the student
Language: English
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period
Winter 2014/2015
Examination form as an ordinary exam, February 2015