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					Paul Horner Newcastle University

Meeting the ePortfolio Interoperability Challenge

www.epics.ac.uk www.eportfolios.ac.uk Paul Horner paul.horner@ncl.ac.uk +44(0)191 222 5020

Interoperability
What is it?
‘the ability of two or more systems or components to exchange information and to use the information that has been exchanged’ – IEEE (source – Wikipedia)

Why is it important?
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Is it really that important? Individual ownership of learning Lifelong learning

Background
Interoperability Standards
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IMS (LIP, ePortfolio) UK-LEAP (and LEAP2.0) CV Interoperability (HR-XML, Europass) Web 2.0 Interoperability (Atom?, RSS?, RDF?)

Newcastle’s Involvement
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ePET EPICS EPICS-2 PIOP

ePET Project
http://www.eportfolios.ac.uk/ePET?pid=32

JISC Funded Project
Early Interoperability Work

A Web-services gateway
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REST interface to ePortfolio

IMS-LIP

EPICS
http://www.epics.ac.uk

Project Background
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JISC Funded Regional Partnership ePortfolio Progression Pathways

Case Studies
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Interoperability-focused Available online at www.epics.ac.uk

EPICS outcomes
http://www.epics.ac.uk

IMS Standards
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IMS-LIP IMS-ePortfolio

Interoperability
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Upload/Download XML-RPC Web service
New XML-RPC Request Old Validation

Database Insert

XML-RPC Response (IMS-LIP)

EPICS Conclusions
http://www.epics.ac.uk

Technical Success
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Data can follow progression pathways Data can move between different systems

We may not need to transfer data
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At least not everything Does it need to be automatic? Web services?

‘The right tool for the job’
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Europass CV, HR-XML

CV Interoperability
‘The right tool for the job’
HR-XML
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Multi-functional, but a changing standard Embedded into core CV tool

Europass
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Web Service Interface
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Eife-l
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XSL transforms  HR-XML, German standard CV, etc

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eurocv.it

EPICS-2
http://www.epics.ac.uk

Follows the success of EPICS
Focus on personalised learning
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Web 2.0/Social networking/blogs Mobile Technologies Lifelong learning Work-based learning

Interoperability
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Real students
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Undergraduate  Postgraduate COMPORT Project – FE  HE

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Mobile technologies PIOP

PIOP
http://wiki.cetis.ac.uk/Portfolio_interoperability_prototyping

Portfolio Interoperability Prototyping Partners
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Universities of Newcastle, Wolverhampton, Nottingham JISC-CETIS Background in LEAP2.0 Recognised limitations of existing standards

What/Why?
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Current thoughts –
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Recycle existing standards
Atom may form basis Extended by RDF? Dublin Core? Gdata? etc.. UKLEAP/LEAP2.0 types

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Feedback into LEAP2.0 core specification

Where next?
New Standards
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LEAP2.0
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PIOP?

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IMS-ePortfolio v2 HR-XML Something else?
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Web2.0 standards - Atom, RSS, Gdata? MicroFormats Combining Multiple standards

New uses for standards
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Job boards Mobile technologies Web services

Paul Horner Newcastle University

Meeting the ePortfolio Interoperability Challenge

www.epics.ac.uk www.eportfolios.ac.uk Paul Horner paul.horner@ncl.ac.uk +44(0)191 222 5020


				
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