(Probably only suitable as a Tripos project if done well)
Dr S. W. Moore
an account on a machine which supports
WWW CGI scripts
There are numerous proprietary electronic diary systems. Some
corporate systems allow restricted access to each individual's
diary. This, for example, allows meetings to be scheduled (or at
least sensible times to be suggested) by querying some public form of
each participant's diary. The public form might simply indicate
whether somebody is busy at a particular time perhaps with some
indication of how movable other commitments might be. The model
could be extended to allow different groups to obtain different
elisions of a diary.
Without much thought it is apparent that there are numerous
extensions. For example, the user could be reminded of a meeting by
sending a message to their pager. An interface to a portable
electronic organiser would also be useful together with suitable
software to update changes when back at base. A supervisor might like
to arrange supervisions by specifying convenient times leaving
students to battle over these slots.
There have been several attempts at this project but, to the best of
my knowledge, a workable system has not yet been produced.