iSchool Capstone

Capstone Projects

2013

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Creating a Shelving Plan for the Collection of the University of Portland’s Clark Memorial Library

The Clark Memorial Library at the University of Portland underwent a major renovation beginning in May 2012 and the library collection was moved to an interim location.  In the new building, the bulk of the physical collection will be located in user-accessible compact shelving.  This project guides the transition of the collection from the interim location to the compact shelving units in the new building.  In order to avoid ongoing collection shifting in the future, the shelving plan was designed based on the anticipated growth of the collection, with larger gaps in subject areas with higher than average expected growth.  The shelving plan will guide the movers as they return the collection to the renovated building in June 2013.
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D//Jargonizer

While people familiar with the field of Information Technology (IT) are able to understand new terms by associating them with previous knowledge or current context, those outside the industry struggle with new words and acronyms as they read dense technical documents. In these circumstances, people often rely on free resources like Wikipedia, but results often require disambiguation or a deeper search in order to find the appropriate definition for a term. Additionally, switching attention between reading and searching has been shown to increase cognitive load and perceived stress level, while reducing the effectiveness of both tasks. To address this problem, we created D//Jargonizer: an extension for the Google Chrome web browser that allows users to define technical terms in context with minimal distraction. When users right click a word on a web page, a brief version of the term’s Wikipedia entry is displayed in context. After testing our prototype with several individuals, we refined our initial design to deliver a seamless user experience. By limiting the need for rapid attention switching between windows or tabs, our solution reduces cognitive load and improves the overall user experience as people read jargon-heavy documents.
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Data Virtualization Analysis for Russell Investments

As the “big data” era’s arriving, generating accurate and timely information from data has become the key to the success of any organizations. It is crucial to deliver high quality data efficiently. However, traditional methods (e.g. ETL) could be slow and costly. Data virtualization is a technology that can solve these problems. It is an important part for an agile, cost-effective data management infrastructure. By using data virtualization tools, the delivery of data will become fast, flexible, and efficient. Data virtualization is a technology that has great impacts on business. By understanding Russell Investments’ data management infrastructure, we researched on different data virtualization tools, and recommended software based on the company’s environment.  Our project helps Russell Investments with their decision-making regarding the acquisition of the technology. It will certainly help them to achieve better business performance.
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Dining Menu Guide

Most of us have experienced the frustration of not knowing what to order in a Chinese restaurant, due to limited information on their menus, and as a result, end up choosing the typical “Chicken Chow Mein” dish over and over. To solve this dilemma, we developed Dining Menu, a web based application that displays additional information of local Chinese restaurant menu items, to help consumers to be more informed before they decide on their order. Specifically, our web app supports filtering capabilities, displays ingredients used in a menu item, as well as other health and allergy related information, and can be accessed anywhere and anytime.
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Enhancing Customer Experience: Boeing CEC App

Boeing is continuously looking for ways to enhance the customer journey at its Customer Experience Center (“CEC”), where aircraft priced at hundreds of millions of dollars are marketed to airline executives worldwide. At the CEC, customers are given a tour of airliner mockups, which relies heavily on verbal descriptions, limiting the amount of information that can be communicated. For our project, we conceptualized and prototyped a location-aware application for client use throughout the tour. This app will provide customers detailed descriptions of Boeing aircraft by seamlessly transmitting information tailored for specific airlines relative to the user’s location within the tour. Utilizing a combination of Wi-Fi triangulation, Geofencing, and NFC technologies, the intuitive user interface displays images of alternate interiors layouts, configurations for lighting, colors and setups, as well as data such as fuel prices and measurements automatically relevant to the user’s location. Creating a seamless way to share information.
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Enterprise Architecture Component Mapping for Costco

As Costco’s business expands at a rapid pace, new lines of business result in added complexity for their information systems. As a result, the inter-connection between different lines of business has been obscured, and systems isolation has increased across the organization. Our project established inter-connectivity among different entities using an Enterprise Architecture Model.  We focused on technology aspects like security, infrastructure, and information, mapping these elements to suitable components within the lines of business.
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Fastab: Redefining the Bar Ordering Experience

Ordering a drink in a busy bar is stressful, time-­‐consuming and claustrophobic. With Fastab, users order drinks from their mobile phones and receive push notifications when their orders are ready. This eliminates the need to wait in line and compete for the bartender’s attention. Because payments and tips are sent through Fastab, bartenders can spend more time making drinks and serving customers, and less time processing payments. After surveying 75 customers who frequent bars, 47% of them felt that their favorite bars were inadequately staffed. Fastab’s improved efficiency alleviates this pain point without the need for additional staffing.  While Fastab is designed for bar environments, there are several other applications for the technology including restaurants, nightclubs and sports arenas.
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Fighting Words, a Rare Books Exhibition

Fighting Words is a collaboration with students and faculty from the Theater, and Film and Media Arts departments at the University of Utah. Actors performed dramatic readings of quotes from American Revolutionary War pamphlets printed on both sides of the Atlantic. This project brought students into the library where they experienced rare books through their own disciplines. Videos of the dramatic readings accompany text and images from the original books on a multimedia website, www.fightingwordsonline.org. Viewers are guided through the exhibition in chronological order, learning about the origins, conflicts, and ultimate conclusions of the American Revolution from the words of the people who lived it. A dynamic website connects users to material and facilitates experiences with rare books outside the library.
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Final Hierarcy: The Database of the Seattle Interactive Media Museum

The Seattle Interactive Media Museum (SIMM) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to being the leading reference institution in archiving and exhibiting the ever-evolving world of digital interactivity to the public. Designed for curious amateurs as well as industry professionals and academics, the SIMM has several goals: 1) housing interactive exhibits that showcase both the history and future of interactive media, including a walk-through history of video gaming, 2) developing and maintaining the world’s largest physical and online collection of artifacts from the interactive media realm and 3) providing a comprehensive and publicly available online library of interactive artifacts.  These goals are backed by a state-of-the-art cataloging and collection system co-developed by the SIMM and a graduate studies program at the UW’s iSchool.
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Fluke Corporation Taxonomy

The Fluke Corporation is a fast growing company with many factories, each of which have their own reporting methods and terminology used in daily work and reporting. This siloed environment has caused inefficiencies for employees who frequently rotate assignments to different areas of the business. The Fluke Taxonomy Project was initiated to define taxonomy for the Fluke Operations function and develop a taxonomy template for other functions within Fluke to use. The goal of the taxonomy is to drive toward a common language that would help better unify the corporation. The taxonomy would also serve as a structural taxonomy in terms of development of a common reporting and information management portal. The project identified many recommendations to make Fluke more efficient.