Program Goal III: Knowledge Representation

Students are proficient in the theory and application of skills essential for knowledge representation in evolving technology environments, in any chosen area of specialization.

  • III.a. Students analyze, organize and describe various formats of information objects.

Using the various standards for describing, organizing and analyzing various formats of information objects was the topic of the required Organization of Knowledge 1 (OK1) course as well as Introduction to Archives and Records Management. While Digital Curation was not really about describing and organizing information objects, per se, it is important to understand the processes involved so I have included it here.

In OK1, the homework assignments all demonstrated my ability to use the various standards for describing information objects. In the first assignments we were introduced to the use of Machine Readable Catalogue (MARC) and Resource Description and Access (RDA) in describing and organizing information objects. The RDA defines the rules for description of information objects and MARC defines the rules for the encoding of that information.

I first learned to update an entry in OCLC Connexion in the first assignment, then worked with a set of information objects in two assignments to create MARC records using the RDA rules.



Assignments 4-6 introduced Dewey Decimal (DDC) and Library of Congress (LCC) cataloguing.



For assignment 6, I learned to create Library of Congress call numbers and to use cutter numbers for increased detail: 6.!Ap6gMKkB15dDpinbfXv8EjnVT97M.

For the final homework assignment in OK1 I used the Dublin Core standards, demonstrating my ability to describe an information object using this standard:


  • III.b. Students identify and apply best practices in the use of different technologies for knowledge representation.

In Introduction to Archives and Records Management I demonstrated understanding of archival descriptive standards using Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS) and creating an accession in Archivesspace.!Ap6gMKkB15dDpjtNm6nEvf2DdMIh

For the research paper assignment I compared Archivesspace to AtOM demonstrating both familiarity with each of these web-based software tools as well as my knowledge of archival description standards including metadata and encoding standards, such as DACS, EAD, Dublin Core.!Ap6gMKkB15dDpj1djyJ48-LgCnmg

The work I did in the Digital Curation allowed me to study technologies for the management repositories of digital materials. As greater amounts of data and research are created and need to be managed, familiarity with the standards and technologies involved will be important for many in the LIS field. My first report in Digital Curation demonstrates my understanding of DAITTSS, the Dark Archive in the Sunshine State, a digital preservation software tool:!Ap6gMKkB15dDpj8AMxy3lhyNcQUh

I demonstrated understanding of OAIS (Open Archival Information System) and PREMIS (Preservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies) as well as digital curation workflows in this report on the Florida Digital Archive:!Ap6gMKkB15dDpkHRV8jx2CMUUJyL.

I further demonstrate understanding of preservation metadata standards in my final assignment for Digital Curation a paper on PREMIS:!Ap6gMKkB15dDpkNnn28E924ZJIpz.

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