INF 385T - Special Topics in Information Science: Creating and Using Digital Media Collections

Spring 2006
Unique ID: 26225
Prof:  Stewart, Quinn
Room: SZB 546
Days:  Fri
Time: 1:00-4:00P

Graduate standing. Additional prerequisites may vary with the topic.

Study of the properties and behavior of information. Technology for information processing and management.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

What do Steve Allen, Diana Barrymore, Pearl S. Buck, Salvador Dali, Kirk Douglas, Supreme Court Justice William Douglas, Eldon Lee Edwards, Gov. Orval Faubus, Eric Fromm, Oscar Hammerstein, David Hawkins, Aldous Huxley, George Jessel, "Commando Kelley", Major D. Keyhold, Henry Kissinger, Elsa Maxwell, Reinhold Niebuhr, Drew Pearson, Tony Perkins, Eleanor Roosevelt, "Lily St. Cyr", Margaret Sanger, Gloria Swanson, Peter Ustinov, Henry Wriston, Philip Wylie, and Jean Seaberg have in common?
In 1957, at the dawn of the age of recorded television, these people all appeared on "The Mike Wallace Interview" a weekly live broadcast on ABC Television hosted by Mike Wallace. The interviews were recorded using a kinescope technique, basically filming a television monitor. These films were donated by Mike Wallace to the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, who have been reformatting them to video tape, and now have the capability to provide us with digital copies of the original films.
Primarily using this collection, this course will explore technologies and techniques for the online presentation of these and other digitized and born-digital materials, with particular emphasis on video collections. Students will build a small digital library of video and other materials, and create rich media constructs for online access.
Students will build and evaluate a variety of online presentations from materials in the collection. The School of Information and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center will be working together to create an online exhibition of these materials for their 50th anniversary in 2007.
Topics will include video digitization, video encoding for online access and preservation, transcription of audio and video materials, indexing and information retrieval from audio and video materials, metadata structure and contents, online and handheld presentation formats and techniques, and other associated topicc. Prerequisites: Completion of the "Survey of Digitization" course is recommended.

Topic Description:
Creating and Using Digital Media Collections

This class will be co-taught by Dr. Grete Pasch, director of Ludwig von Mises Library at Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala, and Quinn Stewart, instructor at the School of Information. This course will contain a substantial Web component.

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