OxCAP is a JISC funded initiative to expose data (as an XML feed) about courses at Oxford. This project has the explicit backing of the PVC for Education and the Registrar.
It is agreed that we concentrate on graduate training opportunities.
JISC want public information about courses in XCRI-CAP format so that they can offer a portal which aggregates feeds from “all UK institutions”. This will serve 2 purposes: (a) to allow hard-to-find distance learning courses to be found and, (b) to allow fee-paying students to compare what courses institutions offer so that they can make an informed decision about where to go.
Advantage for Oxford: this will show the world how much excellent graduate training is on offer and will help us to attract the best students
The service will be piloted from October 2012 and all aspects will be improved based on user and community feedback.
Process and policy guidance will be developed in conjunction with the training providers to ensure all the outputs from the project are sustainable.
Advantage for Oxford: this will allow students to take full advantage of the training on offer leading to better trained researchers and academics and will make better use of university resources.
The project is managed by Adam Marshall (OUCS) and Bridget Taylor (Social Sciences) and overseen by the Student Enrolment System Steering Group, reporting to the Education Committee.
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There are two blogs linked to this project:
The Oxford Open Data service can be found here