iSchool Capstone

2015

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The KING Broadcasting Company Photograph Collection

The KING Broadcasting Company Photograph Collection at the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections department comprises over 5.8 cubic feet of materials including more than 1,000 photographs taken from the Dorothy Stimson Bullitt papers collection. While prior work had been done, the storage of materials and numbering conventions used were inconsistent with department standards and best practices. Project objectives included properly preparing materials for archival storage, the creation of a digital finding aid reflecting an intellectual order, renumbering materials according to department conventions, and reducing the amount of physical space taken by the collection. The results increase access to photographs that provide a unique look into early radio and television broadcasting in the Pacific Northwest as well as special events in the Seattle area. Subjects of interest include early KING personalities, local and national programs and promotions, and local events including some related to Seafair, UW, and Boeing.
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The Play’s the Thing: Literary Management for the Playwrights’ Revolution

Since 2007, Capital Stage has produced the Playwrights’ Revolution: a theater series of staged readings for six unproduced plays, inviting artist and audience feedback for playwrights. The series now receives up to 300 script submissions each year. To address the high volume of submissions, I developed a structured process for shepherding submissions from script to stage that is responsive to the company’s needs. The process includes a script catalog, a scoring rubric for script reviews, and coordinating volunteer readers to ensure all submissions receive equal consideration. This project creates a tested script management process that is scalable to growth of the Playwrights’ Revolution series and transferable to other script management projects. There are not currently industry standards for managing submissions, although there is a recognized need for better organizational strategies. This process uses tools that are already familiar to users, and could be easily implemented by other small theater companies.
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This Library Life

This Library Life Gabbie Barnes, Residential MLIS Rebecca Fronczak, Online MLIS Erin Vonnahme, Residential MLIS Librarians love to share. Despite our love for sharing ideas among ourselves and our patrons, there’s no single, independent repository available to find library programming across the country. Until now. This Library Life (TLL) is an interactive website where library professionals can share ideas, encouraging users to discover diverse library services and initiatives happening across the country. We’ve done a lot of “behind the scenes” work for this online tool, developing a well-thought out structure and metadata schema which will allow users to navigate TLL with ease. These considerations will make future growth and more customization possible. In short, we’re presenting a digital platform that aggregates and visualizes just how dynamic, creative, and vital libraries are to their communities. Just like the library itself, This Library Life is an environment that encourages engagement, interaction, and community growth, one story at a time.
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Track'd

Track’d is a responsive website that helps UW students take better advantage of their time on campus by serving as an informational hub for student organizations and other UW resources to share their events. At UW Seattle alone, there are over 54,000 students who participate in over 800 interest groups, but information about these resources are scattered and oftentimes in obscure locations. Our goal is to facilitate discovery and get students involved by giving them information about everything that’s going on around campus at any given time.
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Transcend: Design for the App Generation

Do you ever feel like you'd be lost without your phone, or find it hard to put it down? Are you curious to know what it’s like to be a little less dependent on your phone and a little more in charge of how and when you use it? Transcend provides a fun, simple way to help college students take control of their technology use and explore new life experiences. You earn and achieve badges while recording focused time engaged in a range of self-selected activities, challenges, and reflections. Experience a sense of accomplishment by charting your activities and cultivating time management skills. Gain control of your technology use by monitoring your usage hours everyday. Gain personal insight by reflecting on your technology habits. Transcend provides a self-directed method for helping you to shift the balance in your life from app-dependence to app-enablement.
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TripTips Trip Planner Canvas

While there are many websites to book flights, cars, and accommodation, not many help in creating an itinerary for vacation. TripTips is a website that minimizes the agony of travelers by getting locals at the destination to plan their trip. As part of the capstone, we are adding a new feature to the website that would allow users to effortlessly plan their travel on a map-based and a calendar-based canvas. It would be designed to be shareable on social media to allow multiple users to collaborate and edit the itinerary. This shareability and the potential virality that can result from it, would make TripTips more familiar to travelers and lead to an increased user base. Through our capstone project, we are making TripTips stand out from the crowd with its unique travel planning feature that would be user-friendly and flexible, and would give users a reason to engage with the company for their travel planning needs.
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TuneBI: Mobile Marketing Visualization

TuneBI: Mobile Marketing Visualization Fei Guo, Yanling Hu, Xiaojuan Wu, Jun Fan (Full-Time MSIM) Sophisticated marketers use TUNE BI (Business Intelligence) to extend their analytics capabilities without the traditional time, expenses, and risk of developing their own business intelligence platform. We worked with TUNE, one of the best mobile applications tracking company in the world, to develop and enhance the visualization experiences of the new TUNE BI services. The new TUNE BI dashboards consist of many Key Performance Indicators such as Return on Investment per Ad campaign and publisher, Average Revenue Per User and Cost of New User Acquisition, and many more. TUNE BI dashboards take out the hassle of understanding analytics, and help marketers and executives to focus on making quick and effective decisions.
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Turnip

When friends and family go out to eat, they can have difficulties determining what restaurants that they should go to because everyone can have different tastes and values. Turnip allows you to find good restaurants that have meal choices that fit your diet, even if they don’t specifically cater to you. Without our service, an individual would have to go through every restaurant’s website, find their menu, and parse out the information. Turnip users can search for a food item and filter the results by our four main categories: vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free. A grid of pictures of restaurants that have food that match their search will show up with their address, contact information, and operating hours. The user can then click on the photos to look at each dish that satisfy their diet.
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Understanding Music Streaming Service Users Through Persona Identification

Commercial music streaming services represent the fastest growing sector of the music recording industry, accounting for 32% of all digital revenue in 2014. User studies emerging from the field of Music Information Retrieval (MIR) research are currently being used to guide the strategic development of recommendation systems and new methodologies for the navigation of large music collections. This project serves to test the generalizability of seven user personas, constructed in prior research, and seeks to identify the significance of design implications for various user types. Approximately 1,000 users of music services were surveyed in order to determine behaviors and preferences when interacting with such services. Using a stratified sampling framework, key characteristics were extracted to classify users into specific persona subgroups. Such findings can inform designers of MIR systems and music streaming services in the development of targeted approaches, rather than a universal service model.
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Universal Tagging as Folders in Personal Information Management

Personal information management (PIM) is a vital topic in information studies. Traditionally, PIM systems provided folders for information storage and retrieval. Nevertheless, in the era of Web 2.0, it is possible that tags can be widely used in the PIM systems. In recent years, much progress has been made in PIM, but many fail to achieve the goal of making tagging method widely used. Our project – designing and developing a web-based application overcomes the barrier between traditional hierarchical folders structure and tagging system offering a “Universal Tagging” model. This new application gives Internet users more freedom in choosing how to store and retrieve their own personal information items, particularly web references, through a simple, uncomplicated User Interface and efficient matching “Tagging” as folders mechanism. As always, people look forward to a better way to organize, re-find and share their personal information items. And we are innovating.