Project 3

We are Family

Project alpha version due 4/7 at 9:59 pm Chicago time (5:59 pm Honolulu time)
Project final version due 4/23 at 9:59 pm Chicago time (5:59 pm Honolulu time)

Project 3 will be the second group project and the focus here will focus on information visualization.

The screen size, resolution, and input device will remain the same as project 2.

New groups will be formed for Project 3 and you can't work with any of the people you worked with in Project 2. Given that restriction you 
can chose who you want to be in a group with. I will create groups for people that do not form groups on their own by Sunday the 23rd. Again the standard group size will be 3 people per group with one person from Chicago and two people from Honolulu.
As with Project 2 you should very quickly set up a web page for your new group project and send the URL to andy. Each Friday of the project each team member should post on the project web site an overview of what he/she did on the project that week.

In this project we are going to take a look at 25 years of 'The Simpsons.'

There is a large amount of data available at and there are a bunch of other web pages around where you can get more information.

There will be about 550 episodes by the end of the current 25th season with 200 main characters, 2500 total characters (including people, animals, etc) voiced by 12 major voice actors. The web pages have a large number of images.

The application should help the user investigate various things such as:

The data in this project can be organized by time for the list of seasons and episodes and by groups for the various characters.

For a C you need ...

For a B you need to add ...

For an A you need to add ...

There are two deadlines for this project. By the first deadline you should have implemented the initial screen layout of your application and have the basic functionality allowing the user to perform an example of the various 'C' functionality. That is, you dont have to have all of the data, or all of the states, or all of the commodities, but you do have to have a working example showing how the user will interact and how the visualizations will look. This will make sure that your group is on track and that you can focus on making a good interface and set of visualizations, not just functional ones. Personally, I think you should have the entire C functionality done at that point if you are going for an A on the project as a whole. You should make this version of the interface available on your group project page.

You should create a set of web pages that describe your work on the project. This should include:

all of which should have plenty of screenshots with meaningful captions. Web pages like this can be very helpful later on in helping you build up a portfolio of your work when you start looking for a job so please put some effort into it.

Be sure to document any external libraries or tools that you make use of - give credit where credit is due.

You should also create a 2-3 minute YouTube video showing the use of your application including narration with decent audio quality. That video should be in a very obvious place on your main project web page. The easiest way to do this is to use a screen-capture tool while interacting with your application, though you will most likely find its useful to do some editing afterwards to tighten the video up. Its also a good idea to have a video like this available as a backup during your presentation just in case of gremlins.
You may want to shoot this video on the wall itself from a phone with one of your team members interacting.

The web page including screen snapshots and video need to be done by the deadline so be sure to leave enough time to get that work done.

I will be linking your web page to the course notes so please send me a nice 1280 x 720 jpg image of your visualization for the web. This should be named p3.<someone_in_your_groups_last_name>.jpg. 

When the project is done, each person in the group should also send Jason and Andy a private email with no one else cc'd ranking your coworkers on the project on a scale from 1 (low) to 5 (high) in terms of how good a coworker they were on the project. If you never want to work with them again, give them a 1. If this person would be a first choice for a partner on a future project then give them a 5. If they did what was expected but nothing particularly good or bad then give them a 3. By default your score should be 3 unless you have a particular reason to increase or decrease the number. Please confine your responses to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and no 1/3ds or .5s please. We will average out all these scores for projects 2 through 3 and keep them in mind when assigning final grades to projects 2 through 3.

Each group will show their visualization to the class and describe its features. This allows everyone to see a variety of solutions to the problem, and a variety of implementations. Rehearse your presentation ... several times. All team members are expected to participate equally in that presentation. During each talk each group in the audience should write one question for the speaking group, and write it on lore at the end of their presentation. The speaking group should add a page to their website giving the questions (and the group who asked it) and an answer to the question.

last revision 3/10/2014