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Archive for December, 2011

Budget

The general shape and form of the budget for this project is available in the budget sheet below.  All data is anonymous.  But for those more keen on graphics than numbers here’s a pie chart showing a simplified version of where the money is allocated.   m-biblio Directly Incurred Aug 11 – Jul 12    […]

One of the key pieces of information for discovering bibliographic data will be the barcodes on the books – either the barcode used by the Library at the University of Bristol or the ISBN numbers associated with the books. It would be nice if we could take advantage of the camera on the device to […]

Risk Analysis

As with any project there are various risks associated with this one.  Perhaps first and foremost is that we have just one developer working on this project.  If he is unable to complete the project for any reason we will need to hand the work on to someone else within the University’s pool of developers.  […]

Timeline and Work Packages

The project started at the beginning of November and is now due to finish at the end of July 2012.  The following Gantt chart gives a brief overview of the project in terms of its work packages and projected timelines for their completion. In terms of an overall methodology for the management of the project, […]

The M-biblio Team

Project Team Dave Kilbey, Project Manager (D.Kilbey@bristol.ac.uk) Mike Jones, Technical Lead (mike.a.jones@bristol.ac.uk) Stuart Church (Pure Usability Ltd), User Experience specialist Ben Hayes, User Interface Designer Advisory Group Mike Wall, Head of Information Management Julian Hill, Subject Librarian for Chemistry Debra Avent-Gibson, Faculty Librarian, Science and Engineering Ruth Dawson, Library Specialist IT Support Officer   Meet […]

Project Outputs

The final outputs of this project will include a mobile phone application which, in the first instance, will be coded natively for the iphone platform.  This application will enable students to record and organise references to any books and journals they utilise.  It is anticipated that the application will also be able to generate references […]

Aims and Objectives

Simply put, the main aim of this project is to look at the potential for smart phones to be used for the recording and organisation of bibliographic information for students within a library context.  In addition, the app developed will also provide useful usage information to the library. Broadly, the main objectives of the project […]

Validating barcode numbers

It would be great if the app could send a barcode number to the web service without the user being forced to decide upfront what kind of barcode is being sent, e.g. a barcode used by the library or an ISBN number. Clearly, the service needs to know what kind of number it is dealing […]

Technical Architecture

For the mobile application to obtain citation information, it needs to be able to associate a physical item (such as a book) to the relevant bibliographic information. We plan to provide a RESTful service that can take a lookup value, such as a barcode number, and then search bibliographic sources for useful data for the […]