What is this project about?

ON Course complements our existing Academic Programme Management System (APMS) project, which aims to improve course data flows within the institution. The ON Course project has a specific focus on the provision and use of external, public course data and in this respect is located within the context of our larger Open Data project, http://data.lincoln.ac.uk.

Why are we undertaking the project?

For several years the University has been considering implementing a computerised system to manage academic programme (curriculum) information that allows automated version control and archiving of definitive programme information.  We acknowledge that it is essential to have a single source of information for programmes and modules to enable the same information to be available across the University, for Faculties and Professional Service Departments, and for the production of information such as consistent marketing material, academic transcripts, programme and module specifications, and diploma supplements.  An electronic system will also become increasingly needed for requirements such as the HEAR for graduating students, KIS and other public information obligations, including FOI requests.

Consequently, the University has been running a project to implement a new ?Academic Programme Management System? (APMS) and has recently accepted a EU Tender by Worktribe (Nottingham) to deliver this system by August 2012. The requirements for that project are very much focused on the need to ?improve course data flows within the institution? and also requires that the provision of an XCRI-CAP 1.2 feed is also supported. ON Course extends its parent project by building applications using public data managed by the APMS.

What will the project achieve?

The ON Course project has two primary objectives:

  1. To support and disseminate the relevant outcomes of the current acquisition and development of a central, authoritative, Academic Programme Management System (APMS).
  2. To provide a public XCRI-CAP 1.2 feed for all credit-bearing courses at all levels across the institution and develop appropriate ?course data? web services and applications of tangible benefit to the institution and the sector.

When is the project taking place?

February 2012-January 2013.

What is the project cost?

Total project cost: ?107,667.45 (Funding received from JISC: ?79,673.17).

Where can I find more information?

Project blog