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Let Your Data Run Free and Run Your University (AIM9)

Data driven applications have been the norm for years, yet the availability of university data is often lacking. Many of our universities’ data is locked up within departmental silos and closed systems. Our requests to access this data usually result in blank stares, laughter, or confrontation. After all, it’s “my data”! And all the while our applications aren’t as robust as they could be, and users have suffered. At The Ohio State University their campus mobile app has been a cross-departmental collaboration, aggregating lots of campus data. Other departments have begun to see this as a model to follow. Building on this success, OSU launched its Enterprise Integration Platform initiative. The goal is for all campus data to be available via web services/APIs primarily RESTful accompanied by a user friendly searchable API where any person on campus can easily find data available and request access. It will give developers the ability to create robust applications that extend far beyond the silos that fall within their departments. This is a technical change as well as it is a cultural one. Developers can create the applications their departments are asking for. It also creates an awareness of the collective capital that resides in campus data. We’ll share our wins, losses, challenges, and long term plans. We’ll describe the technologies we’re using and things we’d do differently.