Project Proposals for project period May to end August 2013 (T2)

Development of new computing services by the computing staff is scheduled in project periods (three per year). The next project period starts in May 2013 and the process of prioritising which projects will be resourced starts now (March).

Please add your proposed project to the following table, completing the Title, Description and Proposer fields. You may wish to create a new wiki topic for your description. If you wish to lend support for an existing project, add your name to the Supporter(s) field. Computing staff may respond to the proposals in the Computing staff comments field.

Title Description Proposer Supporter(s) Computing staff comments
Custom student databases for centres PhD training centres such as the Neuroinformatics DTC and the 10 or so proposed CDTs need to keep track of a variety of information about their students, such as their publications, conference posters presented, projects, destinations after graduation, etc. Currently the DTC uses a custom MySQL database to store this information so that we can report it to our funders, but if there will soon be multiple CDTs, it would make sense to have a shared provision for storing and curating this student data, so that we can pull data from Theon, PURE, and/or EUCLID and so that Support doesn't end up having to work with multiple independent solutions. We propose that the Neuroinformatics DTC work with computing support staff to develop such a database as an example of how to support future PhD training centres, before those centres begin operation in 2014. Jim Bednar DTC Executive Committee  
Enhancing the projects.inf projects database This is a request to add a function to the projects.inf website to allow staff to nominate projects which they would like to second-mark. The added feature would be a list of projects by title (with optional student and supervisor information) and Yes, No, Maybe options from which authenticated Informatics users can select projects to second-mark. (By default, the setting is Maybe but users could set this to No for projects that they do not wish to second-mark, or Yes for projects which they do wish to second-mark.) The results would be stored in a convenient form to help the projects co-ordinator in assigning second-markers to projects. Stephen Gilmore Don Sannella  
Project submission Project to tie together project and dissertation submission for UG4 and possibly MSc and other project / materials storage. See rat-unit ITO?  

If a project is considered to be feasible, a member of computing staff will contact the proposer in order to flesh out the proposal (eg outline a plan of work, cost the project etc) in order that the project proposal can be prioritised against other projects. The deadline for submitting a project for this period is 25th March 2013. Projects submitted after that date may not be considered for T2, but will be considered for T3 (September-December)

Projects are prioritised by the Director of Computing (Perdita Stevens), Head of Computing (Alastair Scobie), the computing unit heads (George Ross, Tim Colles, Alison Downie, Craig Strachan) and the School Administrator (Liz Elliot). The Informatics School Computing Plan drives project prioritisation, with other factors such as unplanned but high priority School requirements and expertise availability being taken into account.

-- TimColles - 11 Mar 2013

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