Over the years, Bob has cultivated a special interest in bottom-up or folksonomic metadata systems. They play a key part in our client work, teaching, and development. Below you will find some of the output from that interest.
OneQ is a simple tool Bob created for emerging definitions from a group of contributors. You can check the tool out here.
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In the 2002-2003 academic year, we completed a research study on an automated tracking application for faculty accomplishments. The study included work on the value the application needed to deliver to induce faculty to use it and research into a taxonomy creation system that could allow the vocabulary of accomplishment to emerge directly out of faculty contributions.
|Project Start||October 2002|
|Project Complete||June 2003|
The faculty accomplishments project is sponsored by the UW Provost’s Office, the School of Nursing, and the Information School to make recommendations to implement a university-wide faculty accomplishments system (FAS) for tracking the achievements of the UW faculty. The system would be used by the faculty at the UW to record their accomplishments over the course of their employment with the university. Deans and university administration would make use of this information to prepare reports on departmental and university activities and advertise the accomplishments of the faculty. Other uses for a system of this type would be to reduce accomplishment data redundancy, facilitate finding expertise on campus, and support the faculty tenure process.
The overall goals of the accomplishments system project were:
To prove that our approaches are useful, we tested them with our primary users. To prove them implementable, we produced prototypes and working models that demonstrated the approaches. The project was successfully completed in June 2003.