Information hub prototype
Working with five higher education institutions to build a cloud broker for analytics and data collection
Ended 31 Mar 2015100%
£50k to £250k
UK institutions spend thousands of days of staff time preparing data for collections and analytics and still find them difficult to manage and full of risk.
The information hub, built in the cloud using a commonly agreed data model, will simplify both collection and analytics, providing a common view of information which is understood by everyone, managed professionally and securely.
Institutions will be able to feed in information, deliver instant analytics back to the institution and then submit data to the collectors when they are ready.
Why we’re doing this
- Rapid insight in a secure environment
- Statutory compliance, reduced risk using managed data feeds
- Clear, consistent and believable data definitions and reporting, using UK best practice thinking
- Reduced manual activity and cost, allows time for real analysis
- Simplified data collection will save sector costs and provide consistent cross-institutional analysis.
What we’re doing
There are two main stages of the project:
Working together with the five partner institutions, we are designing an agreed and commonly understood information model for the UK higher education sector.
This will be stored in a repository (data dictionary) and will include key information entities, attributes, relationships, information domains and synonyms, so everyone can understand the model. It will be visualised in a tool such as Visio and then the descriptions will be stored in a database repository.
Once the information model is agreed, we will build a prototype of the information hub to demonstrate what might be possible with a commonly understood cloud representation of the model. This will demonstrate data collection from two institutions, transformation of the data into the common model, analytics playback and data collection by two collectors, using the information already held in the hub.
The demonstration will be used at a number of conferences and we will look to build the business case for the next phase of the project – a live pilot.
Project goals – what success will look like
- An agreed data model, publicly available by 31 January 2015.
- A demonstration of what is possible, also publicly available by 8 March 2015.
- A desired goal would be buy-in for the next phase of the work.
Our project partners
Meet the project team
Project manager, Claremont (facilitating consultancy)
Architect, Plymouth University
Sponsor, Plymouth University
Architect, Kings College London
Sponsor, Kings College London
Architect, York St John University
Sponsor, York St John University
Architect, University of Birmingham
Sponsor, University of Birmingham
Sponsor and architect, UCL
Lead builder, EnVirtual
This project ran until spring 2015