Contact Information

Paul F. Marty, Ph.D., Professor, School of Information, Florida State University

Office: 240 LSB
Office Hours: By Appointment

The best way to reach me is by email: I make every effort to respond to emails within 24 hours; if I don't respond within 48 hours, please email me again, as your message might have gotten lost or junked accidentally.

This syllabus is available online at

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to museum informatics, the study of the sociotechnical interactions that occur between people, information, and technology in museums and other cultural heritage organizations. Students explore the changing nature of information technology in museums, and examine how technical innovations are influencing the social worlds of museums, museum professionals, and museum visitors.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

Course Materials

There is no required text for this course. There will be required readings each week as assigned and posted to the course website.

Course Assignments

Please see the detailed assignment descriptions at

The following list is provided for quick reference:

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 at the instructor's discretion.

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.

Course Schedule

Please see the detailed course outline at

The following list is provided for quick reference:


Module 1: Digital Objects in Museums

Module 2: Digital Systems in Museums

Module 3: Digital Knowledge in Museums


University Attendance Policy

The attendance policy for this course is consistent with Florida State University policy as stated in the Bulletin.

Excused absences include documented illness, deaths in the family and other documented crises, call to active military duty or jury duty, religious holy days, and official University activities. These absences will be accommodated in a way that does not arbitrarily penalize students who have 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.

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 " honest and truthful and...[to] strive for personal and institutional integrity at Florida State University."

Americans with Disabilities Act

Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should:

  1. Register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center; and
  2. 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
874 Traditions Way
108 Student Services Building
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4167
(850) 644-9566 (voice)
(850) 644-8504 (TDD)

Free Tutoring from FSU

On-campus tutoring and writing assistance is available for many courses at Florida State University. For more information, visit the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) Tutoring Services' comprehensive list of on-campus tutoring options - see or contact High-quality tutoring is available by appointment and on a walk-in basis. These services are offered by tutors trained to encourage the highest level of individual academic success while upholding personal academic integrity.

Communication Policy

You are required to check your official FSU email accounts and the course website regularly. Please 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, and please make sure your full name accompanies each email. Emails that include neither your name nor the course number may not receive a response.

Copyright Statement

Some of the materials in this course are possibly copyrighted. They are intended for use only by students registered and enrolled in this course and only for instructional activities associated with, and for the duration of, the course. They may not be retained in another medium or disseminated further. They are provided in compliance with the provisions of the Technology, Education, And Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act.

Sexual Harassment Policy

It is the policy of the University that its employees and students neither commit nor condone sexual harassment in any form.

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:

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

Except for changes that substantially affect implementation of the evaluation (grading) statement, this syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change with advance notice.