OFIS Notes from 19 Jun 2009

  • Ray will add shell access. uses nexus p/w
Latex: Daniel reported on TeX4ht. latex to HTML/xml/open-office and (via html) can be opened in Word.
  • Daniel will investigate: does htmltidy clean up the messy html?
  • question about bibtex. can it export?
    • Daniel will post to list with details of exporting to xml / other formats

Marlon reported that the office of research data feed will soon include campus-wide historical data (for profs' advising records)

HR feed: does include adjuncts and visiting professors, but doesn't include "contract" faculty, currently.

Daniel asked about "engineer professor on the street" question.

  • Marlon would find that useful information, as well, prof feedback.
  • Peter offered to share their report on current usage. pretty charts include department histograms. not by name, but I can take a random sample from a department that has lots of recent use.
  • in engineering, 50% of profs use this period, versus 56% last.
  • Office of Research uses it to look at their own data.
  • Mech, CE probably don't use much.
  • biggest complaint is probably going to be "data is incomplete/inaccurate"
    • the GSO data was bad; it's getting better now, but no clear idea of how bad it still is, except if people complain.

Sharepoint: discussion.

  • Beth used "infopath" (a sub-tool?) to generate HTML forms. these forms upload directly to sharepoint.
  • ecshare.uwaterloo.ca - test server. beth/peter have admin access.
  • beth's demo: views of tables for different users. RO or RW.
    • can be viewed in IE (& FF?) (& non-windows OS?)
    • Daniel asked about data validation. It can validate for simple types (numeric).
      • problem is: data integrity, unique keys.
  • open software that performs the same functionality?
    • "zimba" ?
      • zimbra.com: email/calendar/document management. doesn't seem to compete on forms-generation/viewing
    • Daniel will ask online about open-source gui form-builder, mysql data view.
    • Marlon thinks there's an excel spreadsheet views system?

discussion: phpCake is a MVC framework.

Past Tasks:

Upcoming Tasks

  • Daniel: report to list on http://www.tug.org/utilities/texconv/textopc.html and bibtex exporting (xml, other formats?)
  • Daniel: does htmltidy clean up TeX4ht?
  • Daniel: get information from current OFIS users
  • Daniel: remind Peter about report on usage
  • Daniel: open software that performs same functionality as sharepoint (as far as we need?) Will ask online about open-source gui form-builders with mysql data views.
  • Ray: add Daniel to ofis host for shell access
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