OFIS Notes from 2 February, 2011


Daniel: volunteering to determine/recommend workflow using mercurial(hg) source control, and clean up the redmine/mercurial data a bit.

Vu: info.uwaterloo.ca was down, so OFIS css didn't work?... he's looking at paths. how much work to revamp? might be a lot.

Michael: working on data dictionary; will try out DB workbench. Olga: can we do freeform comment entry, to store business rules? hopefully. working on draft of ERD.

Olga ECC meeting 17th. do we want feedback before then? not necessary.

Ray: will upgrade to PHP5.3- whenever there is downtime. Marlon working on HR imports, will tell ray when.

Marlon: HR imports- watiam lags HR with updates, and that's frustrating; likes hg; error reports since november are 15 pages; he'll look into them. Office of Research will be meeting with us 1st week of March.

Marlin wants to know project priorities for 2011. Brainstorming:

  • people table
  • Vu: problems solved by switching to OO code.. take on the major task of refactoring code to OO?
  • revision-control/redmine
    • Requires first solving relative-paths problem
  • errors and how to handle them - depts?
  • Connect OFIS to Sharepoint to expand reports to the Dean's office
  • automatically updating contributions lifetime total ("baseline")
  • help system
  • personalizations/user settings - vs. chair settings?
  • Engr. grad critiques - by next merit
  • suppress report sections without data (user pref)
  • Tweaking pages to the new common look and feel

Marlin proposes it would be great to:

  • do one major new import (eg., IAP data, campus wide, currently input by faculty)
  • allow profs to manually correct data they may feel is wrong
  • rework one major part of OFIS' core, i.e. the people table, etc.


  • Marlon will say when he's reimporting the Faculty_member table; re-load my changed names.
  • ask faculty members: display on web?
  • process for improving CS teaching roster data to include faculty userid?
  • published book has (accepted) date?
  • Vu: excel import: doesn't work on mac Office 2008?

-- DanielAllen - 03 Feb 2011

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