Thursday, 15 July 2010

Aims, objectives and final output of iFind Case Study

The principal aim of this project is to deliver a case study on the SWWHEP implementation of VuFind as a shared discovery platform, which will include:

• A detailed report on evaluation of products, technical implementation, with clarifications on resources committed, timescale and new functionality added to the VuFind product (all of which is being fed back into the open source community).

• An overview of user feedback from beta testing & the initial release, along with details of how any user concerns were / are being addressed.

• A full 'Lessons Learned' evaluation, including recommendations for other institutions undertaking similar products, and recommendations resulting from the project.

• Material will be prepared for contribution to a public event as per the JISC requirements.

The objective in producing the case study is to provide further understanding of the processes and pitfalls in the implementation of open-source software in a collaborative environment, with the possibility of applying the lessons learned in future, possibly larger, projects of this nature.

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