UKRISS interactions with HEDIIP and CERIF in Action

UKRISS recently contributed to the draft HEDIIP report “Creating and Managing a Data Model”, which investigated the feasibility of defining a data model which maps, across the HE lifecycle, the main entities, their relationships and their use in the various sector-level data systems. This report is currently in the review phase and is expected for release in 2013. This involved several in-depth discussions between John Milnor, the main author, and UKRISS team members. The focus of the report is on teaching, whereas UKRISS is primarily concerned with research outcomes. However, a number of areas of intersection were identified such as information concerning postgraduate students. Also, many entities within the research and teaching domains would benefit from the use of shared vocabularies and identifiers. We also thought that CERIF may be a useful language for modelling some of the concepts identified in the HEDIIP report. As a result of these interactions, the CERIF task group has already dedicated some thoughts as to the linkage with the Education domain, which builds upon entities such as service and event.

HEDIIP (Higher Education Data and Information Improvement Programme) http://www.hediip.ac.uk/ is an activity set up within the framework of the Regulatory Partnership Group, whose aim is to enhance the arrangements for the collection, sharing and dissemination of data and information about the HE system. The remit is in line with  the recommendations of section 6.22 of the Government white paper “Students at the Heart of the System”.

The UKRISS team have also been discussing the mapping of core profile fields with the Jisc-funded CERIF in Action project http://cerifinaction.wordpress.com, which recently received an extension. One of the main use cases is bulk upload of research reporting information from RCUK research projects from institutional CRIS systems to the Research Outcomes System (ROS). This covers only a subset of the outcomes reported to funders by PIs. It includes in particular information about publications. The aim is to map the fields of the core reporting profile to CERIF. The objective is to provide these mappings to CRIS vendors in order that they can update their systems for future ROS data gathering. In addition, UKRISS is developing schema validation tools as part of its phase 2 activities, which enable implementers of the core profile to validate the XML generated as well as to validate the information content of the information fields themselves. We also see CRIS vendors as a potential landing zone for this work.

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