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INLS 520 - Project Plan - Fall 2010

INLS 520 - Project Plan - Fall 2010

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Project Plan
INLS 520 (Organization of Information) Fall 2010Wednesday (12:30pm  3:00pm)(office hours by appointment)
Instructor 
 Abe Crystal, Ph.D.  919.593.6129  abe@morebetterlabs.com
Project Overview
T
his project will challenge you to bring your understanding of organization of information tobear on a real-life problem. As we cover different aspects of organization (such as thespecification of an information resource, representation, description, aboutness, arrangement,etc.), you will apply those principles and skills to the creation of a small, but well-designedorganizational system.
Overall Keys to Success:
y
 
Select an information space or collection that
INTERE
S
T
S
you and is in need of organization
y
 
B
e creative, have fun
y
 
B
e willing to go beyond the class readings to find other resources to help you
y
 
Collaborate with your fellow students through discussion and sharing of ideas orresources
y
 
Work on something that
INTERE
S
T
S
you (it bears repeating)
 
Project Schedule
Information system problem statement (Sep 8th)Content sample (Sep 15
th
)Facet analysis (Sep 29
th
)Interface/Representation (Oct 13
th
)Metadata specification (Nov 3
rd
)Process (Dec 1
st
)Final reflection (Dec 15
th
)
 
 
1.
 
Inf 
ormatio
n
system problem stateme
n
t
Submit by:
September 8
th
 
(b
efore class
b
egins)
Purpose:
Define the scope of your project.
D
escriptio
n
:
T
here are few boundaries to this initial phase of the project. Use your imaginationand have some fun. Please develop a scenario or story in which you have a collection of itemsor entities that are in desperate need of organization so that they can be searched, accessed,and used by some defined set of users. . Your items/entities may be documents, physicalobjects, artifacts, multimedia files (audio, video, animation, etc.), Web pages, or any otheritems that require some sort of organizational system.Regardless of whether your items are digital or analog, your organizational system for them willbe digital (i.e., this is
not 
just a physical organization or placement of items in containers, onshelves, etc.).Your scenario can be based on a real situation at work or home, or can be entirely fabricated  just make it something IN
TE
R
E
S
T
ING to your team, because you will use the scenario and typesof items in the other parts of the project.
T
he more detailed you can be about your scenario,the easier the rest of the project will be.
A
ssumptio
n
s:
A
livi
ng
system
y
 
T
his collection will be actively used, searched, and accessed.
y
 
T
his collection may grow in terms of number of items.
y
 
Your organizational system may evolve over the course of its development.
Sample Sce
n
arios:
Your collection should contain items that are rich in detail but not too complex.
T
hese are just afew examples be creative!
y
 
A childrens museum acquires a collection of paper dolls
y
 
Your CIO has asked you to make the company intranet more productive
y
 
You are opening a specialty store online
y
 
You are tracking crop circle events across the globe
y
 
A university or research center is developing institutional repository of all the researchconducted by its faculty (e.g.http://www.ideals.illinois.edu/orhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/)
y
 
A medical researcher requires a patient information system
y
 
A historical society acquires the drawings and plans of a famed local architect
y
 
A computer support call center needs a centralized solutions database
y
 
A group of multimedia artists want to easily find sound effects and music clips

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