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July 25, 2008

The Final Report and Final Thanks

The end has come! ... for this project.

Thank you so much to everyone that has helped, contributed, showed interest or in any way been encouragement to me through doing this project. A special thanks goes to all those that completed my survey.

Sorry it has taken so long to wrap things up, but I couldn't post the report until exams/results/etc were over. Apologies if you have been waiting to see the final report.

The report can be downloaded below. It is a large PDF file (2.21 MB, 106 pages), so I recommend you download it for 'offline' viewing rather than open it within your internet browser. To do this, right-click the link below and select 'Save Link As...' or 'Save Target As...'.

The Final Report

The report is pretty long, sorry about that! If youare looking for the results of the questionnaire survey, skip straight to page 90 (appendix D) for the summary of the results in the form of colourful graphs, tables, etc. Chapter 3 (page 17) discusses the results and the rest of my research in more detail. I recommend this chapter to anyone interested in the current state of IT in churches and how it could, or perhaps should, be better used. The rest is basically the report on the academic work I have done for this project.

The report refers to a CD that was submitted for marking with the report, unfortunately I cannot distribute this. However, the links on this blog for PSALM have been updated with the submitted version. A few bugs have been fixed since the previous update, but little else. You can download PSALM here.

Finally, thank you to my supervisor, Steve Russ, for all his help in advising me and guiding this project.

January 21, 2008

Online questionnaire

The online version of the questionnaire is now ready and waiting for you at:

Please see the introduction to the questionnaire below.

Feel free to complete either this or the pdf 'hard' copy (you can print it and snail-mail it to me), I don't mind.

Thank you very much!

January 14, 2008

The Questionnaire

First of all, just to say that the first release of PSALM is out, and I've fixed that little thing I mentioned before. So please have a look, test it a bit, use it, distribute it, do whatever to it! Any feedback on it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks :-)

Download PSALM here

And now on to  the Questionnaire...

As a major part of this project, I am researching the current use of IT in churches. Specifically:

  1. What role(s) does IT currently play in churches?
  2. What role(s) could IT potentially have in churches?
  3. What problems exist in a church setting that could be solved using IT, or more specifically, software?

I have built a questionnaire that anyone involved in a church, or other Christian organisation, can fill in to aid me in this task. It will sent out to specific individuals and organisations already identified, and posted to websites that I believe will have users that can help. The questionnaire is NOT just for those interested, or using, IT, in church or outside of church. It is important that a wide spread of views is surveyed to gain as wide an understanding as possible within the scope of this project.

I will put together an online version asap, but please find the master version below. This is the version that will be distributed by post/hand when necessary. I don't mind whether the attached 'hard' copy or the coming online one is used.

If you would like to help, please do! The questionnaire will only take 10-15 minutes, and it is not even necessary to answer every question. Although extra comments would also be appreciated if you like! Your responses will be a great help to my project. 

Please complete and return the questionnaire before the 17th February 2008. Contact details for returning it are included in the questionnaire document itself. Thank you very much!!

Questionnaire: IT in the contemporary church

(added 21 Jan:) or complete the online version of the questionnaire at:

October 18, 2007

Project Specification

It's the first major deadline for my project, and so the project specification is complete. See the PDF file below.

spec.pdf (171kb)

Specification abstract:

This document specifies the details, such as the title, problems, methods and objectives, of James Williams’ project for module CS310. Having been assessed for feasibility, the components of the project are split between core and extended parts. Also included is a proposed timetable and a discussion of the required resources and any issues such as ethics involved in the project. This specification is subject to constant review.


• Investigation Aims:
   1. Investigate the extent of the use of IT in the Church and the attitudes towards it.
   2. Investigate how IT could have potential further use in the Church.

• Aims of the Software aid for leading music:
   1. Develop a new song organisation system to replace the songbook system.
   2. Enable easy key transposition
   3. Make a tool to recognise what key spontaneous singing may be in.
   4. Include a function to recommend songs for a setlist.

• Diagram of Key components & their relationships:

(Click to enlarge) 

Component relationships (click to enlarge)

• Provisional timetable (which "can only serve as a rough guide" at this stage):

Dates Task
Term 1, Week 2
Submit Specification
Week 3
Begin reviewing literature; Create project web site
Before week 6 Increment 1: Requirements analysis and design
Monday, week 7 Other coursework deadline
Before week 9 Begin key recognition component; begin building and testing of first increment
Monday, week 9 Submit progress report
Before end of term 1 Complete first increment
Christmas holidays Increment 2: Requirements and design; begin building and testing
First weeks of term 2 Complete increments 2 and 3
Before week 7 Complete increment 4
Week 9 or 10 Deliver presentation
End of Term 2 Other coursework deadline
Easter holidays Complete project report
Term 3, Thursday, week 2 Submit final report

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