Monday, March 17, 2008
Thanks to the collaboration of Prof. Gary Pollice, I was able to recruit four WPI Computer Science majors (Craig Blanchette, Tim Cheng, Eric Clayton and Justin Fyles), who will be completing their Major Qualifying Project (MQP) in Venice this fall. Their work will contribute to the 20th anniversary by providing ways for the general public to access our datasets through web services. The project is being coordinated with the ongoing work on LOUIS as part of the GIS 2.0 activities, such as Ploppit and Plukkit. The team will create APIs that will enable the creation of the Web 2.0 applications that in turn will leverage our data repository for the benefit of local Venetians as well as visitors. The team will implement one of those applications in order to test the underlying web-services infrastructure. Prof. Pollice will be the primary advisor of the MQP and we plan to get him to Venice at the end of the term in Venice (by Dec. 13, 2008).