HIVK03071U Cph., Information Organizing processes, Constituent elective A

Volume 2015/2016

Informationsvidenskab og kulturformidling


This course provides an introduction to the conceptual foundation fororganizing 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

Competence objectives for the module

The objective of the module is to provide the student with

knowledge and understanding of: 

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


skills in: 

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


competences in: 

  • Preparing/designing a metadata system.
  • Conducting an evaluation of a knowledge organization system, including automatic and intellectual indexing.


Academic objectives

The examinee is able to:

  • Give an account of different types of metadata systems, including knowledge organization systems and their application in different types of information systems.
  • Assess suitable methods for evalusation of a knowledge organization system.
  • Prepare/design a metadata system independently, with due regard for the complexity of the knowledge organization system.

Examples of literature that will be used in the course:

  • Glushko, Robert J. 2014. The discipline of organizing, Professional edition. Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly.
  • Mai, J-E.  2011. The Modernity of Classification, Journal of Documentation, 67(4): 710-730.
  • Mai, J-E.  2008. Actors, Domains, and Constraints in the Design and Construction of Controlled Vocabularies, Knowledge Organization, 35 (1): 16-29.
  • Stock, Wolfgang G. & Mechtild Stock. 2013. Handbook of information science. Berlin: de Gruyter.
Lectures, in-class exercises, discussions, 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 or Danish
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

Summer 2016


Examination form same as an ordinary exam, August 2016