Theses

Our students' Masters in Interdisciplinary Science thesis papers cover a broad range of subjects. Displayed on this page are theses on the following topics:

Activism
Architecture
Art
Art History

To return to the comprehensive topic list, as well as a list of authors, go to the theses index page.

Activism

Erica Rios, 2004

"Sisterhood: A Technology-Enhanced Community Organizing Model"

Community organizing is a process that "transforms people with problems into politically active constituencies that eventually build a new collective identity" [Sen] for the purpose of creating sustained political and social change. During this time of rapid technological innovation, standard community organizing strategies are experiencing diminishing effectiveness. A proposed community-organizing model entitled Sisterhood is built upon traditional organizing practices enhanced by a bottom-up online activist strategy. A case study of the use of a database-driven website entitled Equivalent: a working woman's invoicing system by the Bay Area Chapter of 9to5 Working Women's Association reveals how a bottom-up online activist strategy can play a vital role in consciousness raising, supporting traditional methods of organizing, motivating political change, and acquainting women with computing technology.

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Architecture

Jan Prusiac, 1987

"Design Considerations for a Hypermedia System: The First Berkeley DiscHypercard."

Discussion of interface designe issues for accessing information from a videodisk about Islamic Architecture, Shakespeare, Elements in the Periodic Table and American Sign Language.

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Art

John Furth, 1990

"A CAD Art Tool"

Development of a computer tool to help artists solve geometric problems in their work. DICAD is a drawing system developed by the author to support multiple inheritance, enabling its user to identically modify instances of different symbols simultaneously.

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Art History

Chetna Gupta, 2002

"A Web Based Solution for Cataloguing, Organizing and Retrieving Image Data Using Java"

One of the tantalizing complexities when dealing with digital data is the way it is catalogued and later retrieved. When image data is digitized in small quantities, organization of data is not crucial and is often neglected. As the amount of data being handled increases, there is a need to catalogue this data so that it can be retrieved efficiently at a later time. One of the challenges of cataloguing images is providing for a means of accessing and modifying associated metadata and retrieving images based on the cataloguing. In this paper, a Web-based solution to create, index, organize and retrieve images in a database using Java is presented. Incorporating Dublin Core standards while structuring the database allows cataloguing loosely structured image data effectively.

Dana Bass, 1990

"Women Artists of Color: A Multi-media Research"

Development of an interactive videodisk application that accesses a large database of artwork created by women of color. The application resides in the Mills College Library as a supplement to undergraduate coursework in Art History.

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