This project proposal is about providing a skills dashboard to help decision makers in HEIs with their planning, analysis and evaluation of training provision. The XCRI –CAP Aggregator developed by K-Int will provide the interface for querying data. We will provide a rich graphics based interface to demonstrate to HEIs the type of analysis that can be performed using course data in XCRI-CAP format. Examples of the reports that will be available at the click of a button include: Course "types" by subject; Geographic spread of subject provision; Subject provision by HEI wrapped into a matrix; Comparison of a selected HEI provision against reference populations.
The project will also set up demand side tools allowing decision makers to gain an insight into visitor browsing. Analysis of user inputs, including search terms, will be used to provide a number of different data visualisations, including a tag cloud showing the most popular subject searches.
Finally, the project will provide a framework for external data mash-ups, enabling more meaningful labour market data to be combined with XCRI_CAP data and rendered into the dashboard at a later date.
In consultation with the programme manager we will refine the project plan to produce:
- Development Blog We will deploy an instance of Wordpress at a suitable URL to become the project blog. Andrew Wheeler will manage blog contributions throughout the development timeline from project staff.
- Use case Andrew Wheeler will develop a use case for the skills dashboard looking at primary users needs; decision making variables; and the aspirations of 3rd part stakeholders such as economic development teams; labour market analysts and skills forecasters.
- Event attendance Ian Ibbotson of k-int is a regular attender and presenter at JISC developer events including many organised through DevCSI. Ian will continue to attend these events to promote the project outputs, supported where appropriate with development staff from Gooii.
- Code availability and licence Any refinement to the Aggregator API will be incorporated into the Aggregator codebase and made available both as part of the existing service and as source code available for download via GitHub. The source code will be available under the same license as the existing Aggregator (AGPL). The source code for the Dashboard application built specifically for this project will also be made available on GitHub and will be released under the LGPL license. All documentation will be made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license (CC BY 2.0).
- Comprehensive final Blog post The final report will be posted as a blog and will include: an evaluation of the project’s activity; successes and challenges along the way; and conclusions on the potential sustainability and further development of the project.
- Accessible and clear UI Gooii will design a clean clear user interface for the dashboard. Key to the success of the design will be the display of the quantitative information; here we will seek in the words of Edward R Tufte "the clear portrayal of complexity".
- Sustainability Changes to the Aggregator API will be made available as part of the existing Aggregator application which is currently funded to be available until 31 March 2013. If this is extended then the changes will also be available for the duration of the extension. The Dashboard application will be hosted by Gooii for the duration of the project. If the contract to host the aggregator is extended, or if the Aggregator is hosted elsewhere, k-int undertake to install the Dashboard application alongside the Aggregator for the duration of the extension to promote use.
- Andrew Wheeler, Director, Boltons Warehouse, 23 Tenison Road, Cambridge CB1 2DG, tel. 01223 520478; 07903 949187 Andrew@trainagain.co.uk