Notes on "The Suma Project"

The Suma Project: Integrating Observational Data Assessment Into Space and Service Design
Jason Casden, Lead Librarian, Digital Services Development, NCSU Libraries, Raleigh, NC
Bret Davidson, Digital Technologies Development Librarian, NCSU Libraries, Raleigh, NC

  • Suma is an open-source, tablet-based app for collecting & analysing data about the usage of physical spaces & services. It supports all mobile devices, as well as desktop computers.
  • This app contains a giant button to allow staff to easily record headcount. The student workers just hold the iPad at their side and click the large button when taking headcount.
  • Suma uses Google Analytics to keep track of app usage.
  • It’s a reusable tool that has the ability to be used across multiple departments & initiatives
  • The Suma server uses PHP & syncs between the client & the server
  • It exports data into CSV format & chart images
  • Suma is hosted on GitHub; pull requests are welcome
  • Includes installation docs & support requests
  • Has the ability to run on a web server & MySQL database.
  • For more information on the Suma project, please ask me for the PDFs of this presentation.

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