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XCRI mini-projects. Call III: course description and discovery. Sarah Davies Programme Manager, JISC. What’s the big idea?.

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Xcri mini projects

XCRI mini-projects

Call III: course description and discovery

Sarah DaviesProgramme Manager, JISC


What s the big idea
What’s the big idea?

  • If institutions can automatically generate structured lists of the courses they offer, these can be used by the institution and picked up by aggregators without the need to re-key data.

  • In order for this to happen, we need an agreed format for describing course offerings

    • exchanging course-related information: course advertising profile

    • XCRI-CAP for short

  • Draft XML specification


What do we want
What do we want?

  • Projects to test out the theory by gathering, consolidating, structuring and publishing their own course advertising information

  • and to report on their experiences


What will you probably have to do
What will you (probably) have to do?

  • Document the existing online information on your courses, including that supplied to bodies such as UCAS

  • Identify where the information that contributes to this is stored in your institution, and how the data is structured

  • Map your course information data items to the XCRI schema

  • Implement a web service to output your course data from your systems as an XCRI-CAP document (dynamic and repeatable, not manual process)

  • Test this with the aggregator and refine

  • Produce a report


How ready is your institution

Key factors are:

Number of courses

Complexity of provision

Number of sources

Quality of authoring

Data structures

Update frequency

Audit trail

Centralisation (UG/PG)

Process capability

Technical capability

Organisational context

Resources

How ready is your institution?

See the XCRI Implementation Models report for further information and guidance on implementation


What will markers be looking for
What will markers be looking for?

  • Six pages only

  • A catalogue of course offerings of sufficient range and detail to provide a realistic test

  • A clear purpose to using the XCRI feed

  • Feasible workplan in the light of current processes and data systems

  • Time commitment from staff in marketing, quality assurance, and management information systems

  • Plans to evaluate the XCRI implementation

  • An understanding of the scale of the task – both technical and organisational


Further information
Further information

  • Contact Georgia Slade for enquiries about the bid submission process:

  • For all other enquiries, contact Sarah Davies:

  • The XCRI website and forums – available from www.xcri.org

  • The XCRI Implementation Models project - http://www.xcri.org/wiki/index.php/XIM_-_XCRI_Implementation_Models


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