OFIS Notes from 22 May 2009

General Notes

  • to be determined: whether to add profs who will never generate reports, such as retired faculty
  • data checking has resulted in improvements in the import of data from GSO
    • no way to catch missing historical students currently
  • cannot do historical import for all faculties now
    • data is not coming back
    • does not appear to be a "size of results" issue
  • discussion of supervision dates
    • when an actual date is available, that will be used
    • otherwise, term boundaries will be used for completion, thesis submission, transfer, etc.
  • the people involved in providing data feeds into OFIS may benefit from a summary report of data imported into the system
  • professors are calling the Office of Research with questions about data now being imported into OFIS
  • for IP disclosure, the default should be no sharing of information
    • it is likely that individuals will want to select specific items to be displayed, rather than an "all or nothing" button
    • this matches experience in CS with occasional requests to modify data published on the CS web site
  • discussion stemming from Marlon's meeting with the International Office resulted in a long discussion of keywords
    • NSERC 100 form keywords may be limiting
    • related keywords and best match are desirable
    • while we can brainstorm search scenarios, in the end we need to know what the people who would like to search want to accomplish
    • for consideration: move tables from InnoDB to an engine with both referential integrity and full text search capability
    • third party software in support of searching was mentioned: Sphinx, Lucene
    • one possible option is to have a nightly build of one or more keyword tables, against which searches can be run

- DawnKeenan - 25 May 2009

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