Pratt Institute, School of Information

LIS 670 Linked Open Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums (LODLAM)

Linked Open Data in libraries, archives and museums (LODLAM) is one of the fastest growing areas of interlinked data development, offering users new and exciting avenues of discovery, interaction, creation, and analysis of digital cultural heritage content. This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of Linked Open Data principles, technologies and practices. The full life-cycle from linked data generation to consumption will be addressed, along with concepts of data modeling, RDF vocabularies, dereferenceable URIs, semantic enrichment and linked data publishing and dissemination. Through a series of readings, guest speakers, and projects we will explore the latest linked open data developments in cultural heritage.
Pre-requisite: LIS 653 Knowledge Organization or INFO 684 Museum Information Management
Elective for Library and Information Science (MSLIS) and Museums and Digital Culture (MS) degrees.

Spring Semester

LIS 661 Art Documentation 

This course explores current methodologies in the documentation, description, and management of artist records and their works of art in order to gain an understanding of current trends and experience applying best practices. Students will acquire the skills needed to generate and collect proper documentation for the artist work. The critical perspectives gained will enable students to assess and make informed decisions on the most appropriate approach to adopt in a range of fine art settings (museums, artist studios and foundations/estates). This class will bridge theory into practice by providing students with experience using xDams, an open source XML-based management platform to create records for integrated multimedia archives.
Pre-requisite: LIS 653 Knowledge Organization or INFO 684 Museum Information Managenent
Elective for Library and Information Science (MSLIS) and Museums and Digital Culture (MS) degrees.
Co-teacher: Farris Wahbeh, Head of the Research Resources department at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Fall Semester

LIS 653 Knowledge Organization

This is an introductory course to key concepts, systems, and tools to organize, provide access to and share information resources. The course covers basic principles and applications of descriptive cataloging, classification, and indexing for physical and electronic resources. Also covered are metadata, thesauri and emerging knowledge organization systems including folksonomies and linked data. The course provides the foundation for further studies in library, archive, and museum cataloging, reference, information retrieval, database management, and information architecture. LIS 653 is a 3-credit required course and does not have a pre-requisite.
Required for Library and Information Science (MSLIS).
Fall and Spring Semesters

LIS 698 Practicum/Seminar 

This 3-credit course features experiential hands-on learning and experience in cultural settings such as libraries, archives, museums, non-profits, publishing and information design firms. Students engage in professional-level work, while relating theory and research to practice. Importantly, the course is designed to provide opportunities to apply and develop the knowledge and skills acquired through coursework in a real-work setting. Completion of the following course elements are required: 1) 120 hours of fieldwork in a workplace setting selected by the student and related to their career goals; 2) attend four seminar sessions; and 3) publish and present a project report documenting a specific on-site work project or detailing work assignments and activities. The course grade is based on the site supervisor’s evaluation, the instructor’s assessment of the Practicum project report and class participation.


University of Bologna, Department for Cultural Heritage

Summer School on Linked Open Data for Cultural Heritage
The course focuses on the principles and techniques of Linked Data as applied to cultural heritage institutions.
University of Bologna, Department of Cultural Heritage, Ravenna Campus, Italy.


Past Courses

LIS 670 Cultural Heritage: Description and Access

This course examines principles and practices for enhancing access to cultural heritage materials and making digital content easier to find and use. The course provides an opportunity to explore, analyze, and evaluate the state of the art and emerging trends in description and access of digital heritage collections in Libraries, Archives, and Museums (LAMs). Students will become familiar with the most current methods for the representation of cultural heritage material for dissemination and discovery. They will also survey key international and national digital heritage projects and initiatives and review innovative applications. The goals of the course are to introduce students to the range of theoretical and practical issues related to heritage data organization as well as to the major challenges that the LAM community faces, including data exchange, integration, and interoperability. This is a 3-credit course. Pre-requisite: LIS 653—Knowledge Organization.

LIS 608 Human Information Behavior

Human Information Behavior (HIB) focuses on the information needs of people, the strategies they use to find information, and what they do with it once they’ve found it. Understanding the user’s perspective is key to developing or enhancing information systems that improve access and increase information literacy. This course offers an introduction to foundational concepts, established theories, and emerging paradigms within the field of HIB. Students will be exposed to the models and research methods used to analyze how people seek, discover, share, and use information in different contexts. Students will have the opportunity to investigate issues of information behavior by conducting actual empirical studies.