Information Technology Projects Course

Professor Arthur Goldberg
Computer Science Department

NYU
Fall 2006
Project Proposal

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Company Description

As it says on their web site,

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from the now fabled performance in March 1958, at the 92nd Street Young Men's Hebrew Association in New York. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. Today, led by Artistic Director, Judith Jamison, AAADT has gone on to perform for an estimated 21 million people in 48 states and in 71 countries on six continents, including two historic residencies in South Africa. The company has earned a reputation as one of the most acclaimed international ambassadors of American culture, promoting the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance.

Proposal A: Select and Configure System Monitoring Software

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) offices contain extensive computing, including 120 PCs, 5 Macs, 14 windows servers for databases and other functionality, and Cisco routers (3) and switches (8).
They would like to have some software tool(s) that help them manage these resources. The tools would monitor failures, performance and other crucial system parameters.
Many free and inexpensive system and network monitoring tools are available.
The goal if this project is to help AAADT select, obtain, install and configure a monitoring system. Our team will
  1. Learn about AAADT
  2. Analyze their requirements
  3. Research possible products, both open source and commercial
  4. Identify the best products
  5. Help AAADT select one or more monitoring system(s)
  6. If time allows, obtain, install and configure the system(s)

Proposal B: Asset Management Software for Digitized Artifacts

AAADT has won a major grant with the US Library of Congress to digitize their image artifacts, such as old concert programs, publicity photos, choreography notes, etc. The Library will share the digitized files with AAADT where they can be used by dance scholars, dancers, choreographers, dance promoters, and others, to research, study and promote the history of African American modern dance and AAADT.
AAADT would like to obtain a digital asset management system to store these images and make them easily available. AAADT will consider both open source and commercial systems. The process for this proposal will be the same as the process for proposal A, above.

Intern Address

405 W. 55th Street, New York, NY 10019

Authorizing managers

Cory Greenberg, Esq., Director of Operations & Special Projects, cgreenberg <AT> alvinailey.org

Michael Lederman, Director of Information Technology, mLederman <AT> alvinailey.org

Project manager

Michael Lederman, Director of Information Technology, mLederman – AT -- alvinailey.org, (212) 405-9040

Meeting hours

Their regular business hours are 10-6 but they will work with the students to find times that work well for them.

Resources that will be made available to students

They can arrange for temporary space and access to their computing resources as needed.