LIS 525 (2008 Winter)
The final consultant's report
for the course is due by 9 am on Tuesday, April 8.
Overall length should be no more than 3000 words
(this is about 6 2/3 pages
of single-spaced 12-point Times New Roman).
Material already submitted for elective reports
may be included,
but with any necessary updates and corrections.
The report is worth 17% of the final mark.
Questions to Address
- What functions will I need to perform locally?
- Whom will I choose to host my service?
Canadian provider? American?
Will my choice be constrained by location or institutional setting?
- How much bandwidth and storage space
will I need from whoever is hosting the service?
- How will I connect to the Internet?
How big a connection? Dial-up? DSL? Leased line?
Do I need multiple connections?
- Who is going to run my service?
Librarian? Systems personnel? Who does what?
- What hardware and operating system(s) will be used locally?
Linux or Windows PC(s)? Apple? Sun?
- What software will be used locally?
Web-page creation packages? Site management? Multiple browsers?
Video editing? E-mail client? FTP client? Log analysis?
- What services do I want from the hosting service
apart from basic Web page serving and FTP?
E-mail accounts? Usenet news? Server-side scripting? List server(s)?
Indexes? Mirroring? Archives? Streaming? E-commerce?
Raw log files or summary reports?
- What are my service's policies?
Who gets to change them?
- Who gets access?
Internal only? Paying subscribers?
- How are costs recovered?
Government grants? Paying subscribers? Donations? Advertising?
- Will there be censorship?
Moderated or unmoderated mailing lists?
- How are security issues addressed?
Firewalls? Protection of personal data? Backup?
- How will services be promoted?
Newletters? Media ads? Posting announcements to newsgroups?
Messages to indexing services?
- How will I allow users to give feedback and be involved in
Surveys? Feedback form? E-mail link?
Give a description of what assumptions you are making.
Briefly justify each choice made.
Include anticipated revenues and expenditures,
both capital and operating (for at least one year).
Give all amounts in local currency.
Remember to allow for both discounts
and extras such as taxes (typically about 14% in Canada)
and employee benefits.
Approximate amounts are sufficient,
and you do not need to include quotes from suppliers,
but, of course, you should cite any sources used.
Capital budget expenditures:
- 2 PCs @$2000 = $4000
- 2 copies of Microsoft FrontPage @$310 = $620
- 1 DSL modem installation @$45 = $45
- Web hosting setup @$100 = $100
Operating budget expenditures:
- 1 DSL line @$30/month = $360/yr
- Web hosting @$35/month = $375/yr
- 1 technician @$2000/month = $24,000/yr
- 1 librarian @$4000/month = $48,000/yr
Last updated October 4, 2007.
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