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Paper Proposal

Due Tuesday January 31st by 10am

Post on CourseWorks in the Paper Proposals folder.

The proposal should be no more than two (2) pages, not including figures (optional) and tentative reference list (required), on some topic relevant to Web Enhanced Information Management.

For this assignment, you should sketch the topic you have in mind,  the “goal” of your proposed paper, and list some specific materials you intend to read to learn about the topic.   Some general topic areas are suggested here, but you are encouraged to invent your own.  Do not simply survey some topic.  Instead compare this to that, argue a position in favor or against something, evaluate something according to some meaningful criteria, etc.  Make sure to explain why your topic is relevant to this course. The kind of materials you should read include scholarly papers from conferences or journals, white papers, third-party reviews or commentaries, system documentation, specifications of “standards” (or proposed standards), and so on, not just advertising, publicity brochures or wikipedia. Include materials from at least two different points of view.

You will have the opportunity to revise your topic when you submit your paper outline, due Tuesday February 14th, following feedback from the teaching staff.

The full paper should be about 15 pages, due Tuesday February 28th.

All documents must be submitted in pdf, word, html or plain ascii text, with all figures embedded or viewable in an ordinary browser without special “plugins”.   It is your responsibility to ensure all submissions are “safe” prior to submission; any submissions that make a virus or malware checker unhappy will not be read or graded.

All document files are to be named using this schema: Assignment_Author.  For example, the submitted file containing a student’s paper proposal should have a file name like Paper_Proposal_Jane_Doe.pdf.  10% credit will be subtracted when the document file name does not include both the assignment name and the student’s full name (not the uni).  Paper_Proposal_jd2009.pdf is not acceptable.  6125_Jane_Doe.pdf is not acceptable.