UKLeaP - Reflections

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UKLeaP – Reflections
A practical look at using the standards in proof of concept
models of interoperability
Kirstie Coolin
Application Developer e-Portfolios
University of Nottingham
Kirstie Coolin
Application Developer e-Portfolios
• EP4LL e-Portfolio to e-Portfolio
Demonstration of importing e-Portfolio items using web
• RIPPLL FE application form to MIS system
FE Common Application Form data sent as XML to a web
service where it is consumed and transformed
Issues arising
• Loss of granularity between systems
Data may lose its intended mark up as it’s passed around
disparate systems.
• Ambiguity of element labels
Importance of consistency in mark up
• Flexibility
Extensibility. Allow simplicity when required.
• Motivation to adopt use of standards
Business case for adopters
• Ensure granularity is maintained
For automatic data transfer and fetching data for ‘thin’ eportfolio model
• Usability vs. Granularity
Maintaining a balance between simplicity for users and
data integrity
The Way Forward?
• Getting started
Simple applications, modular
• Simplifying the mark up process
Community to provide a central area for adopters
• ‘Real world’ examples and use cases
Faq, example scenarios
• Best practice
General guidelines to promote interoperability
Shared vocabularies, appropriate schemas
• Developer Tools
XSD, generic applications, XSLT wizards …
An XLST generator may aid the interoperability
process. The XSLT file would only need to be created
once for each system