INF 385T - Special Topics in Information Science: Structuring Information Interactions

Spring 2012
Unique ID: 28630
Syllabus:   Syllabus
Prof:  Westbrook, Lynn
Room: UTA 1.504
Days:  Wed
Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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.

Structuring Information Interactions: On societal, community, and individual levels, we actively choose forums in which information interactions are formally mediated. Online expert systems (e.g., WikiAnswers), opinion collections (e.g., Tripadvisor), research services (e.g., university library chat reference), and community forums (e.g., BrokenSpirits) are a few of the forums that structure interpersonal information activities. They determine who can ask questions and who can answer them; they determine quality criteria and behavioral norms. This course examines the power dynamics, ethics, support resources, values, and user dynamics of common forums that structure information interactions.

Topic Description:
Structuring Information Interactions

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