Overview of Organization

History of Organization

They already have a lab with eight computers (e-machines); it was used mostly by church members. It hasn't been used much in recent months because they've been trying to upgrade the lab and branch out to the community. They created an organization without a religious affiliation to raise money for the project.

Summary of Organization's Vision, Mission, and Goals

The computers were originally used by church members, but the group does want to branch out and make it a community computer lab. (There aren't any computer labs in the area, and they want to provide computer use to anyone who needs it.) They want to focus on High School students primarily. They hope to provide these students with computer training, basic word processing software, and software that would help the students with their Math and English skills. They would like us to find open software to help them meet these goals.

Organization's Priorities for Implementation of Technology

First and foremost, they want a network with useable computers. The ones they have now are slow and have little storage. We will provide them with nine computers with Pentium III processors. We will set up one of these computers as an administrator. We can provide them with Windows 98.

Word processing software is second on the list, since the computers will be used primarily to help students with their homework. We can provide them with Open Office, which is enough like Microsoft Office that students will be able to transfer their files from class to the lab and vice versa.

Finally, we should look for open software that will help students with their schoolwork. We have a list of software that they're interested in. We will see if we can find anything comparable.

Resources Available to Implement Technology at the Organization

Resources Organization Can Provide for Technology Implementation

We discussed the possibility of getting Windows 2000. It sounds like that probably won't happen until after we finish this project, but if it does happen before then, we'd be happy to upload the software if we get it in time.

They are also interested in getting a laser printer for the lab. If they do get one, we will need the driver disc to upload the software onto the computers. Jenny is willing to drive over and pick it up from the Church. In the meantime, we will upload the driver disc from their existing printer onto all of the computers.

They will pay for installation of internet access. They are also working on getting us more power outlets and putting the lab on a different circuit.

Resources GSLIS Will Need to Provide

We will provide nine computers, open software installation, and computer lab installation. We will search for open software that might be of interest to the students. We will also provide a Windows 98 operating system.

Number Processor Hard Drive Memory Hertz
1 Pentium III 8.4 GB 128 MB ???
2 Pentium III 8 GB 128 MB ???
3 Pentium III 13 GB 384 MB Memory, 128 SD-RAM ???
4 Pentium III 13 GB 384 MB Memory, 128 SD-RAM ???
5 Pentium III 13 GB 384 MB 450 Mhz
6 Pentium III 30 GB 128 MB Memory and SD-RAM ???
7 Pentium III 30 GB 384 MB Memory, (3)128 SD-RAM ???
8 Pentium III 20 GB 384 MB Memory 800 Mhz
9 Pentium III 8 GB 384 MB Memory ???

Plan of Execution

The Steps the Organization Needs to Accomplish Prior to Computer Delivery

If for whatever reason the electrician can't put the room on a separate circuit or provide us with more outlets, we will need to know. A fan and lamp should also be added to the room. If any new software or new equipment is added to the lab, we will need the discs prior to computer delivery so we can upload them onto all of the computers.

The Steps the Project Team Needs to Accomplish Prior to Computer Delivery

Reformat all of the computers, replace broken parts (cd-rom drives, hard drives, memory, etc.), upload the operating systems, search for software and drivers, upload software and drivers, and anything else that may arise.

Potential Risks That Might Hinder Fully Accomplishing the Plan

We may not be able to find a lot of open source software online since many things are 30-day trials. We will do our best.

c. Jenny Freed, Willy Kries, Bobbi Perryman