Foundations of Information Science - 1st semester


To provide the foundations of Information Science (CI) to enable the student to acquire basic knowledge and develop skills that allow him to subsequently acquire a deeper understanding of the issues. At the end of this course the student should be able to:
• Understand the key concepts and theories of CI
• Identify and reflect on the main issues that arise in the processes of creating, processing and use of information
• Know the main organizational instruments of knowledge

General characterization





Responsible teacher

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Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





Booth, A.; Brice, A. (Eds.) (2004). EvidenceBased Practice for Information Professionals: A Handbook. London: Facet.
Carlsson, U. & S.H. Culver (eds.) (2013) Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue. (pp.175189) Göteborg: The International Clearinghouse on Children, Youth and Media
Case, D. O. (2007) Looking for information: a survey of research on information seeking needs and behaviour. Boston: Academic Press.
Kulthau, C.C. (2004) Seeking meaning: a process approach to library and information services. Westport: Libraries Unlimited.
Smiraglia, R.P. (2001). The nature of “a work”: implications for the organization of knowledge. Lanham, Md; London: Scarecrow Press.
Svenonius, E. (2000). The intellectual foundation of information organization. Cambridge (Massachusetts): The MIT Press.
Taylor, A.G.; Joudrey, D.N. (2008). The Organization of Information. 3rd ed. Libraries Unlimited.

Teaching method

The seminar will be developed through classroom lessons and independent student work.
The classes will have a theoretical and practical nature, being constituted by moments of theoretical exposition of topics, practical exercises, oral presentations and discussions with the students participation. The students should read the material that is suggested before each class.
The independent student work should complement and deepen the knowledge transmitted in the classroom, promoting independent learning.

Evaluation method

The evaluation will be based on the following weighting:
Group work (written presentation) 45%
Working Group (oral presentation) 15%
Comment text (individual) 30%
Participation (individual) 10%

Subject matter

1. Information Science: history, epistemology and theories
2. Knowledge organization: theoretical foundations
2.1 Abstracting; indexing; cataloguing; metadata
3. Knowledge representation: principles, concepts and standards
3.1 Representation tools for contents: classification schemes and systems; ontologies; taxonomies; thesaury; vocabulary control.
3.2 Representation tools for resources: bibliographic standards (ISBD; RDA); data communication standards (MARC Formats; Dublin Core; Bibframe)
3.3 Representation tools potentialities and limitations in the WWW environment.
4. Cultures of information. Informational behaviour. User needs and tipologies. Information literacies
4.1 Infomation dissemination and use. The evidencebased research line.
4.2 Inter and transdisciplinary studies of information.


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