CPSC 689/604--Special Topics in Digital Libraries
Fall Semester 2000--Term project

Proposal due by Thursday October 10, 2000
In-class presentations on Thursday, November 30, 2000, and Tuesday, December 5, 2000
Written report due by Tuesday, December 5, 2000

In the term project, you are to locate a problem of relevance in the domain of digital libraries, propose and design a solution, and implement the solution in prototype form.  The problem may be one of your own choosing, or can be developed from the starting point of ideas given below.  You have wide lattitude in choosing a problem--for example, you can propose to build a small digital library around some collection, you can investigate interesting aspects of digital documents, or you can propose to investigate a particular issue in digital library infrastructure.  The easiest problems to work on will be those with an identified client group (i.e., problems that someone needs to have solved).   The term project is a group project, to be carried out by a small group of two or three students.

The proposal is to be a short, written, statement indicating the following:

  1. identify and discuss the problem to be investigated
  2. identify the source of materials to be used
  3. identify and locate the computing and other resources needed to implement the prototype
  4. identify the team members
An appropriate length for the proposal is one page or less.

The in-class presentation is to provide a demonstration of your prototype, either interactively (if facilities are available) or by pre-prepared slides.  You will have to make advance arrangements if any equipment is required for the presentation.

The written report is to be about 6000 words and is to cover the following

  1. Problem statement and review of other solutions
  2. Users and use environment; collection information if relevant
  3. Solution description
  4. Prototype: design and presentation of implementation
  5. Evaluation, if any
  6. Discussion, analysis, future work, etc.

Richard Furuta

August 28, 2000