Consuming Linked Data within a Large Educational Organization

Zablith, Fouad; d'Aquin, Mathieu; Brown, Stuart and Green-Hughes, Liam (2011). Consuming Linked Data within a Large Educational Organization. In: Second International Workshop on Consuming Linked Data (COLD) at 10th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2011), 23-27 Oct 2011, Bonn, Germany.

Abstract

Large universities tend to spread their services across several departments to serve their substantial student base. It is very common for this to result in developing different systems, which end up in creating many disconnected data silos within the organization. Data isolation is one of the main bottlenecks that prevent unlocking the full potential behind exploiting such data, to provide a better experience at the level of application deployment and data analysis. The Open University is in the process of connecting their data silos by relying on the Linked Data principles within the LUCERO project. We discuss in this paper three use-cases through which we consume Linked Data produced at the Open University: (1) a student services use-case showing how we exploit data connections to deliver learning material related to courses through the university's main course information website; (2) a mobile course application that enables students to easily explore courses by subject, qualification or research topic; and (3) a Leanback TV service that provides students the ability to watch, with a degree of control, a set of podcasts grouped in different channels. Through these use cases, we highlight in this paper the advantages and effects of consuming Linked Data within an organization.

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