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Thesis Defense - Gasparian

Developing a Conceptual Framework and Application for "Sketching" an Interactive Reporting Tool
Anna Gasparian
Computer Science PhD Candidate

The goal of assisting businesses in the initial process of understanding, expressing, and communicating their reporting needs in a specific application area was pursued. An Interactive Reporting Tool was defined as a program which enables the user to dynamically generate reports based on information of interest.

A conceptual framework was developed for describing an Interactive Reporting Tool and its components in terms of the reporting goals it addresses, the types of reports it generates, the knowledge base it draws from, its interface components, and the interactions with the user.

A new step in the process of Interactive Reporting Tool Development, called sketching, was introduced. Sketching was defined as generating the initial design of an Interactive Reporting Tool in terms of the types of reports it generates, the knowledge base it draws from, and its interactions with the user. The purpose of sketching is to fill the perceived gap in the process of developing an Interactive Reporting Tool which lies between the initial vague understanding of a need for a reporting tool and the point in time when the format requirements need to be produced. Introducing this step also intended to assist the communication in this initial stage between the developers, users, project managers, management, and other stakeholders.

A prototype of Sketcher application was built. Sketcher is a web tool allowing its users to sketch an Interactive Reporting Tool. We demonstrated how Sketcher may be used to sketch a reporting tool and how it may assist a business in promoting communication and better understanding of reporting requirements.

Committee: Roger (Buzz) King, Professor (Chair)
Clayton Lewis, Professor
Clarence (Skip) Ellis, Professor
Leysia Palen, Assistant Professor
Tom Altman, University of Colorado Denver
Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:20)