Here is a brief list of projects that might be undertaken for Impact
of New Information Resources: Multimedia and Networks. Some of these are
complex enough that they should be final projects, while others are limited
enough to serve as replacements for one (or both) short papers. Most of these
are the kind of practical projects that (if successfully developed) will be
made widely available and become useful to the developing field:
- Work on developing a set of tools to evaluate the effectiveness of the
Museum Education Site License Project (MESL). There are a number of valuable
contributions that student projects can make in preparing a major evaluation
grant to NEH that will be submitted in May. Potential projects include any
or a mixture of the following: literature search on assessment tools in similar
environments, examining attitudes of museum and/or university personnel towards
digital images, conducting focus group studies to assess the relative importance
of things that might be evaluated in the course of the project, organizinging
items to examine into groups based on how they might be evaluated (electronic
tracking, questionnaires, interviews, focus groups), examining feasibility
and cost of various assessment methods.
- Organize an index to all newspaper articles provided online to the class.
- Organize an online
collection of images and formatted text by William Blake
in a way that foregrounds Blake's (image-based) representation of the
text. The argument the Blakists make is that Blake, more than most
authors, tied the sense of his words to the visual representation of
those words. He did his own engraving, and John Wright (English Dept.
here) argues that there is significant hidden information in the strokes
and design. Is metainformation (e.g., titles, first lines) valuable?
How about character-based representations of the text? Should the
visual be foregrounded so much that the lexical is inaccessible (e.g.,
that no word or phrase searches would be possible? It might be useful
to bring together writing about this problem with the "evidence" of the
images themselves. Work with John Price-Wilkin on this.
- Prepare indices to all museum-related information throughout the world which is accessible via the Internet. If this project is good enough, the results will be shown at the International Conference of Museums in Scandanavia in June 1995. (see initial student project, Fall 1994).
- Examine an aspect of Multimedia Standards that need to be developed. This
could be folded into an effort of either the Computerized Interchange of
Museum Information (CIMI) and/or the efforts of the Coalition for Networked
Information (CNI) in this area. This might also be helpful to the CPA/RLG
task force examining long-term archival formatting/access questions for
digital materials, and the OCLC/NCSA
group looking at metadata for identification of networked digital information.
(relevant areas that
Howard is working on)
- Look at technologies for intellectual property protection and/or authentication. You could synthesize and expand upon the discussion that appears in the Proceedings of the CNI/Interactive Multimedia Association conference last year on Technological Strategies for Protecting Intellectual Property in the Networked Multimedia Environment. One of the many uses of these results would be for a museum association that is designing model licensing agreements for multimedia programs.
- Explore some aspect of what needs to be done to ensure longevity of electronic
information long after the hardware it was designed to work with has become
obsolete. Work on this might feed into the Task
Force on Archiving Digital Information.
- Extend Howard's Image Database
bibliography. Do literature searches and produce a comprehensive list
of articles published within the past 2 years. Assign subject terms to these
articles and add to the Pro-Cite database. Review previous assignment of terms
and maintain consistency. Review/annotate a handful of key articles.
- Develop a method for mounting Howard's Image
Database bibliography onto the WorldWide Web. Figure out how to maintain
updating to this Pro-Cite database, as well as how to allow searching by subject
term from WWW browsers.
- Reorganize and/or create an index to all the WWW information produced by students in this class over the past year. (One possible form of organization might be to link the major themes to individual papers, documents, resources, etc.)
- Prepare a report on a major aspect in the process of developing an information technology center for the Medical Center. This would feed into the planning process being headed by Dave Rodgers.
- Construct a comprehensive and evaluative bibliography on distance learning.
- Develop a set of survey instruments to help evaluate the experience of distance learning.
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