INF425 Describing and Analysing Information Resources (8)


This subject introduces students to the principles and practices of describing and analysing information resources in information agencies and related contexts. It uses metadata standards to illustrate the basic principles which underlie effective information organisation practice. Examples are drawn from a range of information environments, including but not limited to libraries, and a variety of information carriers. The organisation of electronic resources is particularly noted.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineSPACE, University of Hong Kong
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF425
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Information Studies

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have completed subjects INF116 or INF209
Incompatible subject(s)
INF116 INF209

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- show that they appreciate the centrality of effective organisation of information resources for successful information retrieval;
- demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between information retrieval systems and the description and analysis of information resources;
- show that they understand the relationship between the needs of different user groups and the information retrieval systems that best serve these needs; and
- be able to apply metadata standards and schema to a wide range of information resources.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Cataloguing
- Metadata
- Standards (including data communications)
- Web 2.0 - folksonomies, tag clouds
- Wide range of standards including archives and records


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.