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This is a summary of some killer apps that anyone (application vendors, academic institutions, people in their garage, Facebook, Google, Microsoft) could develop when EdUnify exists.  EdUnify is the infrastructure that enables these composite applications.  It is not the intention for EdUnify to build killer applications, but rather lay the groundwork and provide the infrastructure to promote the development of these new applications that reach across higher education.  Building these killer applications without infrastructure like EdUnify is cost prohibitive and, in fact, many application won't even be conceived until we can see the landscape of web service across higher education and other sectors.

Government Agency Data and Information Collection

Once EdUnify and its interoperability services are available, it would be possible for anyone to build an application that used the search and interoperability services to find all available web services at K12 institutions and all available web services at colleges and universities to poll, request, snapshot and aggregate data measuring student progress, faculty information, finances, etc. such as Longitudinal Data Warehouses, IPEDS or other survey data serviced.

Faculty Search for Expertise, Schedule, etc.

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Once EdUnify and its ontology services are available, it would be possible for anyone to build an application that used the tagging services to codify a common dictionary of terms such as learning outcomes as tags and share them across all institutions. The learning outcomes would be a meta data structure. A program or course is at the abstract level, a service with inputs and outputs, no different than a web service. Applications could be developed to render new course services enabled by common tags. Learning outcomes could be requested for instance by meeting or assignment. Another application could utilize the search to find similar or like courses by the ontology tagging such as find a course that offers nuclear+engineering or basket+weaving. This approach would eliminate or reduce the complexity of collecting course or program data to enable crosswalks. The services can be called to determine comparability and equivalencyby utilizing the tags and calculating goodness of fit.

Government Agency Data and Information Collection

Once EdUnify and its interoperability services are available, it would be possible for anyone to build an application that used the search and interoperability services to find all available web services at K12 institutions and all available web services at colleges and universities to poll, request, snapshot and aggregate data measuring student progress, faculty information, finances, etc. such as IPEDS or other survey data serviced.

Student Guidance and Advising Services

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