The Kit-Catalogue project has been a hive of activity lately, although from my lack of blogging lately, you could be forgiven for thinking we’d all disappeared.
Cataloguing Loughborough’s Equipment
As Melanie recently mentioned, our summer placement students have come to the end of their time with us. They may have only been with us for a short time, but they’ve managed to access and catalogue a tremendous amount of equipment, and around 6-700 items of new equipment have been added to our database. Some areas of the university did escape the cataloguing effort, as they are having extensive renovations ready for the new academic year. These should be supplying their own equipment details in due course, so the catalogue is set to expand even further.
Prof. Rachel Thomson, a key member of our project steering group, has had high-level discussions with several universities about using Kit-Catalogue at their institution. Early contact with these institutions has provided the opportunity for them to feed extra information and requirements in to the mix, and by having these discussions early in the development process, we think we’ll develop a stronger system, and better ensure sucessful deployments.
For my part, a recent bout of illness and associated time off has put me a few weeks behind with the coding schedule, though I’m hoping to get back on track and have an early release of the system ready soon.
I’m currently working hard on completing the administrative interface for the system, and trying to incorporate the different requirements and options that have been suggested by some of the other institutions we’ve spoken with.
Watch this space, and we’ll hopefully have some more news soon!