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Individual training providers will supply details about their courses in electronic format (RSS, XCRI-CAP, CSV etc) to the Oxford Open Data platform which is managed by Oxford University Computing Services (OUCS). Information about the courses will be stored and will then be available as a series of data feeds; there will be an authenticated feed for internal use and a Creative Commons licenced public feed (containing slightly fewer courses) which can be consumed by anybody that finds a need. In addition, we will generate supporting software artefacts (a VLE tool and library for displaying courses on websites).

Course Data Stage 2 Oxford University: OxCAP

Individual training providers will supply details about their courses in electronic format (RSS, XCRI-CAP, CSV etc) to the Oxford Open Data platform which is managed by Oxford University Computing Services (OUCS). Information about the courses will be stored and will then be available as a series of data feeds; there will be an authenticated feed for internal use and a Creative Commons licenced public feed (containing slightly fewer courses) which can be consumed by anybody that finds a need.

In addition, we will generate supporting software artefacts (a VLE tool and library for displaying courses on websites).  

The service will be piloted from October 2012 and all aspects will be improved based on user and community feedback.   Process and policy guidance will be developed in conjunction with the training providers to ensure all the outputs from the project are sustainable.

Objectives

The primary objective is to deliver graduate training course data as an XCRI-CAP feed.
We will also: 
  • Enable course providers to supply course data to an enhanced Oxford Open Data service. This service will be searchable and will produce  XCRI-CAP, RSS and JSON(P) data feeds with COOL URIs and include Linked Data.
  • Provide an XCRI-CAP aggregator tool for the institutional VLE (WebLearn) to act as a student portal;
  • Develop a widget library to allow feeds to be embedded on websites;
  • Offer a Share Point site based on Info Path to allow manual entry of course data;

Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes

The main output will be the XCRI-CAP feed from a robust Oxford Open Data service. We believe that this will show the world how much excellent graduate training is on offer at Oxford and will help us to attract the best students.

We will also produce a Best Practice guide and other guidance material for the training providers – this will enable University policy.

When complete the XCI-CAP aggregator in the VLE will allow students to take full advantage of the training on offer leading to better trained researchers and academics and will make better use of university resources.

Documents

Final report

Project Staff

Project Manager

  • Dr Adam Marshall, University of Oxford, Oxford University Computing Services (OUCS), 13, Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6NN, Tel:  01865 283357, Fax: 01865 273275 adam.marshall@oucs.ax.ac.uk

Project Team

  • Dr James Cummings (OUCS)
  • Alex Dutton (OUCS)
  • Dr Bridget Taylor (Social Sciences Division)
  • Paull Hammond-Davies (Maths, Physical and Life Sciences Division)
  • Dr Patrick Baird (Department of Physics)
  • Matthew Buckett (OUCS)
  • Dr Marc Savitsky (OUCS)
  • Theodore Koterwas (OUCS)
  • Calvin Butcher (Social Sciences Division)

Documents & Multimedia

Summary
Start date
12 January 2012
End date
29 March 2013
Funding programme
e-Learning programme
Strand
Course Data: making the most of course information
Project website
Lead institutions
University of Oxford
Topic