IS 561 Information Modeling

An introduction to the foundations of information modeling methods used in current digital library applications. The specific methods considered include relational database design, conceptual modeling, markup systems, and ontologies. The basic concepts underlying these methods are, respectively, relations, entities, grammars, and logic. Implementations include relational database design, ER/EER/UML diagrams, XML markup languages, and RDF/OWL semantic web languages. First order logic is emphasized throughout as the foundational framework for information modeling in general, and for contemporary web-based information management and delivery systems (including semantic web technologies) in particular.

  • Required core course – MS in Information Management

Learning objectives

  • Understand the role of abstraction in making systems design choices.
  • Contrast deep vs. superficial differences in modeling languages.
  • Recognize practical implications of trading expressive power for tractability.

Recent syllabus

Scheduled Offerings

  • Fall 2018

    • IS561A1
      Mon, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
      Psychology Building 32
      On-Campus
      Instructor
      Karen Wickett
      CRN
      70875
      Length
      16 weeks
    • IS561B
      Tue, 4:15 pm - 6:45 pm
      Huff Hall 209
      On-Campus
      This is a required course for the MSIM degree.
      Instructor
      Jodi Schneider
      CRN
      68851
      Length
      16 weeks
    • IS561C
      Thu, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
      Education Building 166
      On-Campus
      This is a required course for the MSIM degree.
      Instructor
      Karen Wickett
      CRN
      70386
      Length
      16 weeks
  • Spring 2019

    • IS561A
      Mon/Wed, 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
      Huff Hall 209
      On-Campus
      This is a required course for the MSIM degree. For MSLIS students IS 501, or concurrent enrollment in IS 501 and IS 561 is required.
      Instructor
      Karen Wickett
      CRN
      67387
      Length
      16 weeks
    • IS561AO
      Mon, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
      Online
      Instructor
      David Dubin
      CRN
      67721
      Length
      16 weeks
    • IS561B
      Tue, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
      Huff Hall 209
      On-Campus
      This is a required course for the MSIM degree. For MSLIS students IS 501, or concurrent enrollment in IS 501 and IS 561 is required.
      Instructor
      Jodi Schneider
      CRN
      67388
      Length
      16 weeks

Textbooks and Course Materials

Available from the Illinois Union Bookstore (IUB).