Project DARE will deliver a system for the secure on-line delivery of degree certificates, transcripts, Higher Education Achievement Reports and other student data and documents via Digitary as a Shared Service. The proposed service will be suitable for deployment as Software as a Service on a hosted cloud platform.

Digital Academic Records Exchange (DARE)

Project DARE will deliver a system for the secure on-line delivery of degree certificates, transcripts, Higher Education Achievement Reports and other student data and documents via Digitary as a Shared Service. The proposed service will be suitable for deployment as Software as a Service on a hosted cloud platform.

The Digitary system has been selected as the basis for this bid as it is currently the only system that implements a solution for the HEAR that conforms to the JISC-CETIS specification based on electronic signatures and thereby provides the necessary open approach to ensure sustainability of the service in the long term.

Led by Liverpool John Moores University, Project DARE brings together a diverse consortium of Universities with a variety of student record systems. HESA, the Centre for Recording Achievement and the University of London Computing Centre are all supporting Project DARE. In addition eighteen other Universities have indicated and interest in evaluating the resulting service for implementation.

Objectives

  • A production cloud-based shared service for the delivery of academic records that is demonstrably operational with a range of institutions using different backend Student Records Sysytems
  • Appropriate mechanisms for collation and delivery of data from individual institutions
  • A documented Enterprise Architecture model for the shared service
  • Documented policies, service charges, Service Level Agreements and contractual arrangements to underpin the shared service
  • A business and governance model for the continuation of the service beyond project completion
  • A report detailing the benefits and impact to the actively participating institutions from taking the shared service, including a case study from each institution 

Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes

  • An appropriate and secure cloud-based architecture for Software as a Service delivery to a range of users and institutions.
  • Appropriate mechanisms for partner institutions using a range of Student Record Systems and others to interact effectively with the service, using methods that are currently in use on-site with several student systems.
  • A robust business model for the continuation of the service beyond project completion.

Project Staff

John Townsend, Director of Corporate Information Services

J.W.Townsend@livjm.ac.uk

0151 231 5543

Wayne Turnbull, Head of Academic Policy

W.Turnbull@livjm.ac.uk

0151 231 3149

Derek Hendy, Business Applications Manager

D.S.Hendy@livjm.ac.uk

0151 231 5544

Sara Rioux, Programme Office Manager

S.Rioux@livjm.ac.uk

0151 231 5542

Shirley Wedgwood, Business Analyst

S.Wedgwood@livjm.ac.uk

01512315665

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Summary
Start date
1 July 2011
End date
31 March 2012
Funding programme
UMF Shared Services and the Cloud Programme
Project website
Lead institutions

Liverpool John Moores University

Partner institutions

Bath Spa University

Coventry University

Cranfield University

De Montfort University

The School of Oriental and African Studies

University of Sheffield

Digitary

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