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XCRI in the East Midlands Linking London LLN 26 th January 2011 Kirstie Coolin Centre for International ePortfolio Development Research and Learning Resources Division Information Services University of Nottingham

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XCRI in the East MidlandsLinking London LLN26th January 2011Kirstie CoolinCentre for International ePortfolio DevelopmentResearch and Learning Resources DivisionInformation ServicesUniversity of


The Centre for International ePortfolio Development (CIePD) are an autonomous Centre within the University of Nottingham’s Information Services School.

Our aims are to deliver projects that maximise the efficiency of information flow in order to support educational stakeholders access seamless ICT services and quality information.

developed xcri for 2 lifelong learning networks
Developed XCRI for 2 Lifelong Learning Networks

… and on JISC-funded XCRI projects








XCRI: CIePD’s East Midlands Projects

  • Finished projects…
  • 2008/9: Leap Ahead Lifelong Learning Network for Notts & Derbys
  • Developing XCRI awareness and exports among FE/HE partners in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire
  • 2009: JISC 14-19 Prospectus Pilot in the East Midlands
  • Piloting export and aggregation of Connexions’ Area Prospectus data within the East Midlands
  • 2009: JISC XCRI/X-Border Project
  • Developing export and import with Area Prospectuses to support x-border, recommendations to Department For Education

XCRI: CIePD’s East Midlands Projects

Finished projects…

  • 2010: JISC Robust Transformation Import for XCRI (ROBOT-xcri)
  • Improving the export/aggregation with Aimhigher’s Your Future East Midlands
  • 2010: SSCLLN Lifelong Learning Network for Leics, Northants, Lincs & Rutland
  • Developing XCRI awareness and exports among FE/HE partners

XCRI: CIePD’s East Midlands Projects

Current projects…

  • 2010-2011: Shared Aggregation of LAbour Market Information (SALAMI)Linking XCRi to raw LMI data for dynamic aggregation and new LMI services
  • 2010-2011: CUMULUS
  • Led by Roehampton, Developing XCRI webservices around Unit4 ACMS to allow it to ‘plug in’ to other systems.

East Midlands XCRI implementation – technical overview

14-19 local course prospectus websites


5 Area Prospectuses

Import/export to neighbouring local prospectus for x-border searching

9+ Further Education Colleges

LMI / data linking services

Prospectus vendors (S-cool/ UCAS)

XCRI Export

3+ Higher Education


Re-use XCRI to connect with other data sources, e.g. LMI (SALAMI project)

Your Future East Midlands

Imports being developed by national course aggregators

XCRI feed export providing search services for external websites


Skills Funding Agency

Possibility of reusing aggregated

XCRI exports

Kirstie CoolinUniversity of NottinghamNovember 2010

Consuming services


Our Results | XCRI

  • Castle College
  • New College Nottingham
  • University of Nottingham
  • North Notts College
  • Derby College
  • West Notts College
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Gateway College
  • Wyggeston & QEI College
  • Northampton College
  • University of Lincoln
  • Lincoln College
  • Leicestershire Area Prospectus
  • Lincolnshire Area Prospectus
  • Nottinghamshire Area Prospectus
  • Derbyshire Area Prospectus
  • Northamptonshire Area Prospectus
  • Your Future East Midlands Aggregator
  • CHEA North Midlands (Consuming)

The Centre for International ePortfolio Development

xcri implementing xcri a two phase approach
XCRI: Implementing XCRIA two phase approach
  • Phase 1:
  • 1. Meet with the Web Development, MIS and Marketing Managers.
  • 2. Obtain an overview of current systems (e.g. platform/software/database)
  • 3. Identify how the website courses are populated
  • 4. Allocation technical resource to develop the XCRI export feed
  • 5. Identify how resultant XCRI export fits into their future plans. A straightforward export will take around 1-2 days to develop, but where systems and processes are more fragmented, then the discussions will form around phase 2
  • 6. Publish the XCRI feed to the web
xcri institutional benefits what courses do we actually offer
XCRI: Institutional benefitsWhat courses do we actually offer?
  • Phase 2
  • A wider institutional approach to data management
  • Goal
  • An accurate, authoritative and re-usable single source of course information
xcri institutional benefits
XCRI: Institutional benefits
  • Benefits of the journey
  • Identifies a common goal
  • Cross-institutional, technical and non-technical working group- generally IT, MIS, Marketing, admissions
  • Discussion of the ‘full course journey’, systems and procedure
  • More efficient information management
  • XCRI feed re-usable amongst internal and external systems
  • More responsive to change
xcri what changes have to be made
XCRI: What changes have to be made?
  • Remember: XCRI is not a system
  • Changes to databases or servers are minimal, XCRI ‘sits on top’ of existing services
  • Cost of initial implementation is low, involving some initial software development from IT/MIS
  • ** XCRI implementation will mean improving current internal processes – the scale of implementation is up to you **
xcri links
XCRI links
  • National XCRI website
  • CIePD XCRI website
  • Self assessment framework

Thank You

Kirstie Coolin [email protected]

Stuart Wood [email protected]

University of NottinghamCentre for International ePortfolio Development