Digital Libraries Laboratory Summer Undergraduate Research Experience 2010/11
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 Thursday 6 January 2011 at UCT 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; Introduction to information management technology (XML/HTTP/DLs/etc.); search technology; and research writing.
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: repackaging repository software for Ubuntu; adapting Excel for metadata management; online metadata spreadsheets; documenting open access in Africa; a freedom toaster for digital archives; understanding replicas in networked archives; visualizing rated science in SA; evaluating archive object quality; live digital archive test environments; mining trends in local CS research; and validating SRU. Before the project begins, you will write a short proposal on what you intend to do. More details on projects will be provided later.
You will write a short technical report on your project when it is complete. This must be completed before the commencement of lectures for 2011, preferably earlier.
- You must have done CS1 or CS2 or CS3 in 2010.
- 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 3 December 2010.
- The criteria are academic record and aptitude/alignment with the research area. As a rough guide for academic record, you should have scored at least: 70% in 1016; or 65% in CSC2002; or 60% in CSC3003.
- Students from previously disadvantaged groups (SA female and Black students) are especially encouraged to apply and will be given preference.
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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 that we are building a time capsule to be opened in 2110 - 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, 9 november 2010