Status Report 3

This status report is due on November 23; it is worth 4% of your final grade. I don't expect you to have completed everything on this list, but this is what I was looking for at this time. The ideal project will end up having all of this (as appropriate for the particular project); each of you will be evaluated against the ideal for your topic. What I do expect to find today is that you'll have made progress on each of these by this time. You have a little over three weeks until the final version is due.

  1. Home page: Organized, scannable, introduces visitor to site
  2. Most of you will have the following types of information (which should all be easily findable):
    • Background information
    • Recent current events
    • Instructions (for the new analyst) on how to keep up with ongoing current events
    • Notes (related to background information for the professor) — some of you will find that you want to tell the professor something (as opposed to the analyst); if so, you should create a notes page
  3. Appropriate use of wiki software
    • Menu system should be helpful (top and/or side menus)
    • Pages should be usefully tagged throughout the site
  4. Sources
    • RSS feeds you found useful; what information they contain; evaluation of each source's validity
    • Web sites that you frequently refer to (you don't have to evaluate every Web site that you refer to, just those that are more important to your project); evaluation of each of these source's validity.
    • A page that contains your blogroll
  5. Search tools
    • Information about how you used the search tools we learned about in this class. I'm not interested in getting a full tutorial on these tools — I want you to tell me how you used them for this project. This will be hard information to recall later; you'll want to really focus on keeping notes during the semester so that you can recall it (and write it up) later.
    • How did you use email alerts (if at all — or why not) on this project
    • How did you use page monitors (if at all — or why not) on this project
    • Deep Web search sites that you found useful for this project
    • Web directory entries that you found useful
    • Tag-based sites that led you to useful information for this project. You should describe those tags that helped you find this information — and whether or not the analyst should continue to monitor the tags on that site.
    • Podcast and video search tools that led you to useful information for this project. You should describe those searches that helped you find this information.
    • Image search tools that led you to useful information for this project. You should describe those searches that helped you find this information.
    • Deployment of a custom search engine that would help the visitor find useful information as easily as possible. Be sure to explain the ways in which you customized this search tool.
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