Information Organization and Retrieval

INFO 202

MW 9:00-10:30, South Hall 202

This course introduces the intellectual foundations of information organization and retrieval: conceptual modeling, semantic representation, vocabulary and metadata design, classification, and standardization, as well as information organization and retrieval practices, technology, and applications, including computational processes for analyzing information in both textual and non-textual formats. Students will learn how information organization and retrieval is carried out by professionals, authors, and users; by individuals in association with other individuals, and as part of the business processes in an enterprise and across enterprises.

Course Administrivia and Grading

This is a required introductory course for incoming School of Information masters students, integrating perspectives and best practices from a wide range of disciplines. Students are also required to attend a one-hour small section meeting each Monday or Tuesday starting the second week of the semester (at 11 am or 1pm - SIGN UP ON SECTIONS PAGE)


  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Final Exam 30%
  • Assignments 35%
  • Participation in Class, Online, and in Sections 15%

Required Texts and Reader

The required text, available in draft form, is R. J. Glushko and C. Borgman (Eds.), Intellectual Foundations of Information Organization and Information Retrieval, 2011.

Recommended texts (several chapters of the Manning et al. and Hearst books are in the syllabus, but they are freely available online):

  • Elaine Svenonius, The Intellectual Foundation of Information Organization, MIT Press, 2000.
  • Christopher D. Manning, Prabhakar Raghavan, & Hinrich Sch├╝tze, Introduction to Information Retrieval, Cambridge University Press, 2008.
  • Marti Hearst, Search User Interfaces, Cambridge University Press, 2009

There is no printed reader because all other assigned readings are available online through the UC library.