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We are thinking about it, in fact I had a meeting this morning where it was discussed.  We’ve done a few on-off projects in the past that provide enterprise data to services managed outside of central IT.  We have a couple of applications that query data through our LDAP proxy service and one that we wrote a specific web services interface for but we want to look at the possibility of a more standard and scalable approach.   Besides determining a suitable technical solution, we know we will need to work out a request and approval process that includes the data owners and some sort of application review to verify accurate use of the data and that appropriate access controls are being used in the consuming application. We also want to make sure application owners are informed about existing record policies.

 

We are in the early stages of thinking through this as well and are interested in hearing what others are doing or planning to do.

 

- Noreen

 

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Noreen Hogan

Director, Identity and Data Management Services

University of Oregon

(541) 346-1727

noreenh@uoregon.edu

 

 

 

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Message from gpro@uw.edu

UW publishes certain public data via REST Web Service APIs that are available for anyone to use; other data requires Data Custodian review of requesting applications.  Like Oregon, we’re in early stages of defining an automated process to replace the current paper request and approval workflow.  Very interested in staying connected with folks undertaking similar efforts.

 

http://webservices.washington.edu/

 

-Gary

 

Andrew,

UChicago is planning to start this type of data access this summer, with our summer data project in which students are invited to make what they will of the data. We intend to start with course and time schedule information, which is made public already by other means.

Tom
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Tom Barton
Senior Director for Architecture, Integration, and Security
Chief Information Security Officer
Information Technology Services
University of Chicago
+1 773 834 1700 (office)


On 6/10/2013 11:36 AM, Gianni, Andrew wrote:
Is anyone actively pursuing the enablement of citizen development with your institutional data? i.e. providing public (or semi-public) APIs, probably through Web services, to enable non-enterprise entities to develop their own applications with your data? I'm especially interested in whether anyone has enabled this functionality to allow student developers to produce their own value-add applications to your existing systems (ex. building an easier to use course schedule search). I'm also interested in any initiatives to enable this functionality for on-campus entities; ex. providing web services to allow departments to build their own shadow systems that aren't actually shadow systems, i.e. they consume and extend rather than copy and extend existing institutional data.

If your school is doing this, planning on doing this or has even thought about it, I would like to hear about your experience.

Andrew

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University at Buffalo, State University of New York

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Thanks for all the feedback from everyone so far and please keep it coming if you have other examples!. It's good to know that others out there are providing or thinking about providing this kind of infrastructure.

Andrew

Hi Andrew,

There are a number of activities regarding data access and control.  They could, but are not currently intended, to enable what Gartner seems to characterize as the citizen developer. 
The enterprise has been focused on increased mediation so access to non-public data can be tightly governed.  The approach to interfacing is as you describe - allow access to data, rather than copy it to the edges, wherever possible.  A central master data store is becoming the repository for data originating from single sources of record.  Clear policies and governance rules are increasingly established with respect to controlling access.  On the more technical side, web services (RESTful rather than SOAP-based) and conveniences such as returning data in json format are ingredients.

Efforts have been made to provide local developers with secure managed environments but publishing public APIs is a lower priority (sponsored developers can of course access an increasingly capable set of IT APIs so in a sense they become naturalized citizens).  Any campus citizen could mashup available (non-secure institutional sources, social site feeds) web resources and perhaps some locally governed data but, without formal sponsorship/authorization to access secured operational data/services, application range is limited.

As an aside, accommodating third-party APIs has become a more visible challenge.  There are efforts to come to terms with mechanics used by social and SaaS APIs in order to leverage these external resources - with respect to these APIs, IT is more the citizen developer.

Cheers,

Brian Savage
EA, Boston College

On 06/10/2013 12:36 PM, Gianni, Andrew wrote:
Is anyone actively pursuing the enablement of citizen development with your institutional data? i.e. providing public (or semi-public) APIs, probably through Web services, to enable non-enterprise entities to develop their own applications with your data? I'm especially interested in whether anyone has enabled this functionality to allow student developers to produce their own value-add applications to your existing systems (ex. building an easier to use course schedule search). I'm also interested in any initiatives to enable this functionality for on-campus entities; ex. providing web services to allow departments to build their own shadow systems that aren't actually shadow systems, i.e. they consume and extend rather than copy and extend existing institutional data.

If your school is doing this, planning on doing this or has even thought about it, I would like to hear about your experience.

Andrew

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Application Development Analyst
Enterprise Application Services
University at Buffalo, State University of New York

phone: 716.645.5332
fax: 716.645.3588
skype: askgianni
web: http://www.buffalo.edu/~agianni













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Message from nikki.rogers@bristol.ac.uk

I should clarify, further to Luke Taylor's email earlier, that indeed we are working on improving the quality and reusability of our master data between our University systems according to a more mature, SOA approach. However at this stage we are not formally offering that same data externally as Linked Data.

We at Bristol worked in this space quite actively a few years ago - and engaged with Southampton and others - on the ResearchRevealed, JISC funded project - follow the Linked Data link at http://researchrevealed.ilrt.bris.ac.uk/ for more information. Our R&D team at Bristol was working prolifically in the area of Semantic Web and Linked Data at the time. We will no doubt improve how we offer out our data externally once we have perfected what we are doing internally!

In the meantime there is still plenty of interesting work going in the Big Data area. In terms of the sharing of metadata about UK research connected to HE Institutions in particular, I was involved in looking at the CERIF standard a couple of years ago and it is good to now see the ENGAGE EU project looking at the relationship of CERIF to the Semantic Web - see http://epsiplatform.eu/content/engage-survey-your-open-data-needs. In terms of sharing research data sets themselves (i.e. beyond research outputs such as publications or conference presentations), we are running a formal institutional initiative to support this (data.bris), spawned from a JISC funded project - http://data.bris.ac.uk/jisc-project/.

Best wishes.
Nikki




On 11 June 2013 15:45, caleb racey <caleb.racey@newcastle.ac.uk> wrote:

The most comprehensive example I can think of this it the Southampton open data approach. http://data.southampton.ac.uk/   they  are at the bleeding edge of this style of approach.   It does help that they have Tim Berners-Lee  on staff to help  make the case.

 

Their site is really good resource and describes what they are doing and why.

 

Cal

 

 

 

 

Message from nikki.rogers@bristol.ac.uk

I should have set that for more about our Master Data strategy work see my blog at http://coredataintegration.isys.bris.ac.uk/,
Thanks,
Nikki


On 11 June 2013 18:26, Gianni, Andrew <agianni@buffalo.edu> wrote:
Thanks for all the feedback from everyone so far and please keep it coming if you have other examples!. It's good to know that others out there are providing or thinking about providing this kind of infrastructure.

Andrew


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