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Module

CSC1033 : Information Storage and Retrieval

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr John Colquhoun
  • Lecturer: Dr Dan Nesbitt
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module will provide students with an understanding of information storage and retrieval. This relates to all forms of data, including text and multimedia (image, video and audio) stored on and consumed from the web, amongst other sources. The module covers fundamental techniques and strategies of information storage and retrieval used in a variety of online applications such as web-search engines and business storage and analytics.

Outline Of Syllabus

*       Retrieval, browsing, user information needs, and other core concerns.
*       Notions of structured, unstructured and semi-structured data
*       Data representation (XML, character sets, images, audio/video)
*       Relational databases, SQL
*       A generic architecture for information retrieval
* Spiders/crawlers, stopwords and keywords, indexing and stemming
* Query expansion and its relationship with the Semantic Web.
* Metadata and semantics, faceted classifications, and other "linked data" issues
* Information models, databases and data normalization for transactional systems (OLTP)
* Data de-normalization, data marts / data warehouses, star and snowflake schemas, and cubes as support for analytical systems (OLAP) as support to Business Intelligence
* The challenges presented by "Big Data"
* NoSQL and Cloud Computing for distributed and scalable treatment of "Big Data".
* Exemplar applications, including publishing archives, web-based search engines
* Data Ethics

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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