The Collaboration Support System has been launched. Some improvements added today include:
preventing people from requesting Additional services for same-day appointments (Library materials, Technology, etc).
integration with library website & display boards.
To use the system:
Enduser interface (This site is also available from the Library homepage)
Ulises Mejias, a doctoral student in the CCTE program, is offering an interesting-sounding course this Fall at TC on Social Software . For more info, check out his blog.
Realizing that the Fall semester was fast approaching, I hurried this weekend to finish my final paper for Prof. Black's class. I mentioned this paper last month here on the blog, which using uses semantic analysis as a way of categorizing texts (using TCR as the text-base). The paper is included here as an attached Word file if you are interested.
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to test both the practical use value and the psychological underpinnings of Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA), which is a statistical theory and method for extracting and representing the contextual meaning ...
Google has just released Google Talk, an IM program that is set to compete with AIM, MSN Messenger, and Yahoo's IM client. It might be worth installing this in the lab, and seeing what Google has brought to the game. I did read an article on MSNBC that indicated that Google employeed open standards when developing this tool, and that there is the potential of programatically embedding this tool in web applications. Let's stay on top of this as it may provide a means o...
Here is the most up-to-date project plan for the Collaborative Support System. It includes the sub-system for exporting a data matrix that can be used for analysis in 3rd Party programs.
The end-user system will be deployed on September 1, 2005, and remaining administration features will be rolled out by September 15.
GN & MR- please send approval via comment, and this will become the implementation doc.
Everyone have a lovely week! I'll be soaking up the socialism and the gay-marriage-friendly atmosphere. I'll be back Wednesday the 27th.
I've put together a rough project plan for the new Collaboration Support System. Please let me know if you think I am missing something or didn't capture something we intended to include. It is much easier to incorporate changes at this stage (before implementation), rather than after, which can be difficult and error prone- so please let your comments flow.
Executive Summary: A variety of higher education institutions and corporations are currently engaged in creating products for Digital Asset Management (DAM) and Institutional Repositories. Of these products, only the Open Source products were investigated because of the overwhelming cost of most corporate products. Of these remaining, DSpace, Fedora, GNU ePrints and ETD-db were investigated for features, functionality, user in...
For my final paper for Prof. Black's Text Understanding & Design class, I'm going to do an analysis of the ways formal taxonomies relate sets of information (ie- the ways that humans categorize information, articles, etc.) versus the ways that the semantic structure of documents relate sets of information (using Latent Semantic Analysis- Landauer, Foltz, Laham 1998). This analysis should have implications for the ways that websites provide access to information and the efforts made by institutions to categorize information (Library of Congress, etc.). T...
Lin, Ivan and I have completed our data analysis. For complete details, please download our handouts in PDF format. Our main observations include:
The rooms are being heavily booked by students and staff and rarely booked by regular faculty
EDD Students book rooms at higher rates compared to other student groups (i.e. - MA or PHD students)
The programs that use the rooms most heavily are the groups concerned with Organizations (Organizational Psychology and Organization & Leadership), followed by Adult Ed and TEOSL
30% of people booking rooms live within walking dista...