Paul F. Marty, Ph.D., Professor, School of Information, Florida State University
Office: 240 LSB
Office Hours: By Appointment
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This syllabus is available online at http://marty.cci.fsu.edu/lis5590/
This course provides an introduction to Museum Informatics, the study of how technical innovations influence the social world of museums, by exploring the nature of information technology in museums and the way modern information systems have shaped the museum environment.
After the completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts and terminology of museum informatics;
- Critically analyze and assess the impact of information science and technology on museums;
- Explore the challenges facing museum professionals as they develop digital collections, including information organization and access, digitization and computer automation, and standards for data sharing;
- Explore the social impact of museum technologies on museum professionals, from the perspectives of museum-museum collaborations, museum-school educational outreach, and museum-scholar research activities;
- Explore the social impact of museum technologies on museum visitors, taking into considering such issues as multimedia exhibits in museums, virtual museums online, and pervasive computing devices;
- Explore the modern museum as an information environment, understanding such issues as intellectual property, copyright, and integrated collections management systems.
There is no required text for this course. Instead, we will read a variety of scholarly and professional articles each week, all available online or on reserve in Canvas.
Please see the detailed assignment descriptions at http://marty.cci.fsu.edu/lis5590/assignments.html
The following list is provided for quick reference:
- Weekly Participation (10%)
- Student Shares (3 @ 5% each)
- Individual Assignments (3 @ 25% each)
Grading and Evaluation
The most important criteria for grading are timeliness, completeness, and quality. Please complete all parts of each assignment, and please make every effort to present your thinking clearly at each stage. The effort you put into your assignments is just as important as the final outcome.
Assignments that have not been demonstrably spell-checked, grammar-checked, and proofread for absolute nonsense will not be accepted. Unacceptable assignments will receive a zero, and may be resubmitted only at the instructor's discretion.
If a situation arises where you will not be able to meet a deadline, please let the instructor know well in advance. Work submitted late with a reasonable excuse will be accepted only if discussed with the instructor before the due date.
Percentage weights for each assignment are listed above. Final letter grades will be allocated using the following scale: 100-93 = A, 92-90 = A-, 89-87 = B+, 86-83 = B, 82-80 = B-, 79-77 = C+, 76-73 = C, 72-70 = C-, 69-67 = D+, 66-63 = D, 62-60 = D-, 59-0 = F.
Please note that all of your work for this class must be original.
Please see the detailed course outline at http://marty.cci.fsu.edu/lis5590/outline.html
The following list is provided for quick reference:
Museum Informatics: People, Information, and Technology in Museums
- Week 01: Introduction
Module 1: Digital Objects in Museums
- Week 02: Information Representation and Museum Metadata
- Week 03: Museum Visitors, Online and On Site
- Week 04: Mobile Technologies and Artificial Realities
- Week 05: Accessibility and Social Inclusion
Module 2: Digital Systems in Museums
- Week 06: Information Organization and Collections Management
- Week 07: User Needs and Expectations
- Week 08: Information Policy and the Post-Digital Museum
- Week 09: Digital Strategies and Disruptive Technologies
Module 3: Digital Knowledge in Museums
- Week 10: Social Computing and Personalization Technologies
- Week 11: Crowdsourcing and User-Generated Content
- Week 12: Audience Engagement and the Co-Creation of Knowledge
- Week 13: The Future of Digital Culture and the Information Profession in Museums
University Attendance Policy
The attendance policy for this course is consistent with Florida State University policy as stated in the Bulletin. Your regular attendance at class meetings is expected, and you are required to participate in class discussions. All students are expected to abide by this attendance policy.
Accommodations will be made for documented illness, deaths in the immediate family and other documented crises, calls to active military duty or jury duty, religious holy days, and official University activities in a way that does not penalize students with a valid excuse. Consideration will also be given to students whose dependent children experience serious illness.
University policy requires all students to attend the first class meeting of all classes for which they are registered. Students who do not attend the first class meeting of a course for which they are registered will be dropped from the course by the academic department offering the course. To enforce this policy, instructors are required to take attendance at the first class meeting and report absences to the appropriate person in their department. For further information, consult the FSU General Bulletin at: http://registrar.fsu.edu/bulletin/grad/apdefault.htm.
Class Communication Policy
You are required to check your official FSU email accounts and the course blogs or discussion boards regularly. It is highly recommended that you use your FSU email accounts for all course-related emails. Emails to the instructor must have a subject line that includes the number of the course. You should set up your email account so that your full name accompanies each email (i.e., emails should come from John Smith, not from js44f). Emails that include neither your name nor the course number will not receive a response.
Some materials in this course may be copyrighted. They are provided in compliance with the provisions of the Technology, Education, And Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act: http://www.copyright.gov/legislation/archive/
Academic Honor Policy
The Florida State University Academic Honor Policy outlines the University's expectations for the integrity of students' academic work, the procedures for resolving alleged violations of those expectations, and the rights and responsibilities of students and faculty members throughout the process. Students are responsible for reading the Academic Honor Policy and for living up to their pledge to "be honest and truthful and [...to] strive for personal and institutional integrity at Florida State University." (Florida State University Academic Honor Policy, available online at http://fda.fsu.edu/Academics/Academic-Honor-Policy/.)
Americans with Disabilities Act
Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should:
- Register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center; and
- Send a letter to the instructor indicating the need for accommodation and what type. This should be done during the first week of class.
Please note that instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodation to a student until appropriate verification from the Student Disability Resource Center has been provided.
This syllabus and other class materials are available in alternate format upon request.
For more information about services available to FSU students with disabilities, contact the
Student Disability Resource Center
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Florida State University
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Sexual Harassment Policy
It is the policy of the University that its employees and students neither commit nor condone sexual harassment in any form. For more information, see: http://registrar.fsu.edu/bulletin/grad/info/university_notices.htm
Hardware and Software Requirements
A list of all hardware and software requirements for students participating in School of Information courses can be found at the following location: http://ischool.cci.fsu.edu/academics/online/requirements/
Student Eligibility for an Incomplete Grade
Incomplete ("I") grades will not be assigned, except in the case of exceptional unforeseen circumstances that occur within the last three weeks of the semester and your work has otherwise been satisfactory (C average).
Syllabus Change Policy
This syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change with advanced notice.