Course Data Stage 2 University of Cambridge: CamCAP
The CamCAP project intends to create reusable course information in a standard form for all of the University of Cambridge taught courses. With JISC support we intend to use XCRI-CAP as the standard form for presenting course information and an XCRI-CAP data feed will be made available at a prominent URL such as www.cam.ac.uk/coursedata.xml. In order to maximise efficiency and to ensure widespread engagement, we intend to associate the project with KIS data gathering and presentation since the compliance issues associated with KIS data provision will drive the project through in a timely fashion. However, since there are significant unknowns remaining in the detail of the technology implementation, our readiness survey indicates a relatively low level of preparedness, and timescales are short, we intend to split the project into 2 phases. Within the JISC-funded phase, we are confident of providing full coverage of our undergraduate provision in XCRI-CAP form. We hope to complete coverage of all graduate courses as well, but it is possible that graduate courses may be delivered outside the timescale of the JISC project.
The project will evaluate data harvester technology from the open source Vivo project (www.vivoweb.org) as a possible toolset that can enhance sustainability of the technology used in the project.
The project will result in a comprehensive set of course descriptions in standard form that can be used for/by UCAS, external aggregators, departmental websites and admissions prospectus/website. We will certainly include all undergraduate courses and selected postgraduate courses.
Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes
| Output / Outcome Type
(e.g. report, publication, software, knowledge built)
| Project Blog
||This will contain a description of the project progress and key learning points with links to detailed documents|
| Open source Vivo harvester implementations
||This will be open source code and documentation based on the open source Vivo harvester that will show others how to create a similar implementation|
| XCRI-CAP data feed
||An XCRI-CAP feed including information for all undergraduate courses (and graduate courses eventually) at a prominent URL on the University domain|
| Additional documentation
||Where agreed with system owners, data schema and workflows will be published that describe data sources and transformations|
- William Janse van Rensburg, University of Cambridge, CARET