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Enterprise Web Services in action

Christina Smart
Last modified 13 Jun, 2005
Published 13 Jun, 2005
A report from the 10th CETIS Enterprise Special Interest Group held at Chester Zoo.

While using web services might be an idea for the future for most institutions a few are already using this technology to build their institutional support systems. The Enterprise SIG last week provided the opportunity for three projects to talk about what they were trying to achieve using service oriented approaches (S.O.A).

Vashti Zarach the SIG co-ordinator opened the meeting with a brief history of the Enterprise SIG which began in January 2003. The group has provided a focus for the work of many projects in the Enterprise area, and these are described on the Enterprise SIG site.

Jon Rowett from Brockenhurst College spoke about how they will be using the SWEET.Net toolkit they had written to provide timetabling and calendar services across 3 colleges in the South. This work is being funded by JISC as a demonstrator project in the Frameworks strand. Jon also introduced BeRT (Brokenhurst e-Registers Toolkit) a second round Toolkit project in which they will build an open source service to support the input and management of class registers.

Paul Walk from London Met introduced the EII (Enterprise Information Integration) project a 5 year large scale project which will use a S.O.A. to link several databases distributed across the university network, including Student Records, Timetabling and Finance. The aim of the project is to provide better access to and management of all forms of information for students and staff. The project team will be building staff and student portals which will draw on the services.

Colin Smythe from IMS, UK described some of the recent work at IMS particularly the changes that they had made to the way that IMS specifications were being developed. He also discussed the forthcoming release of the General Web Services specification.

Finally, Selwyn Lloyd from Phosphorix discussed that approaches they had taken during the SHELL project to provide a secure distributed college network in the South West for life long learner records using the ioNode technology. Selwyn emphasized that the ioNode approach included a combination of web services software as well as the hardware of the network of servers. Selwyn also introduced the work they were starting with the Learning Matrix project which is a new regional project in the North West, which will deliver FE and HE taster courses to students across a network of colleges.

The presentations from the Enterprise SIG are available on the SIG site


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