Digital Libraries Laboratory Summer Undergraduate Research Experience 2009
The Digital Libraries Laboratory does research in a wide variety of problems related to information storage and access, with particular focus on scalability, cultural heritage and scholarship/education in developing countries.
We are offering a short research internship during the summer vacation to a limited number of undergraduate students (approximately 6) who are interested in these areas and want to learn more about the research process.
You will be paid a nominal amount of R2500.
The internship has 3 phases:
There will be a day-long workshop on Friday 20 November to provide foundation information in different areas of computing that are fundamental for research in DLs. Topics for the workshop include: research techniques in CS; XML/HTML; HTTP and Web applications; Introduction to DLs; and search technology.
You will be expected to work for at least 35 hours on a research project during the summer vacation - the timing is flexible and you do not need to be in Cape Town but you will need to communicate by email. Sample topics for the research project include: generic statistics for digital repositories; repackaging repository software for Ubuntu; adapting Excel for metadata management; online metadata spreadsheets; large-scale metadata harvesting; documenting open access in Africa; a local Second Life DL community; a freedom toaster for digital archives; packaging orphaned collections for long-term presevation; understanding replicas in networked archives; and validating SRU. More details will be provided later.
You will need to write a short technical report on your project when it is complete. This must be completed before the end of January 2010, preferably earlier.
- You must have done CS1 or CS2 or CS3 in 2009
- You MUST be a CS major, intending to eventually do Honours
- You need to apply by filling out and returning the following survey to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 November 2009
- The criteria are academic record and aptitude/alignment with the research area
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Note: This is an aptitude and alignment survey - there are no right answers!
- Why are you applying for this internship?
- How will you ensure that 50 years later you will still be able to read the electronic documents you are producing today?
- Should we develop specific software systems for Africa? Justify your answer.
- Suppose we are building a time capsule to be opened in 2190 - what would you contribute to it?
- If you are hired to improve on or redesign Google's basic search service, what will you focus on?
- What do you think is the biggest problem with software systems today?
- Is free software and free information sustainable? Justify your answer.
hussein, 23 october 2009