Welcome to the PESC EdUnify Task Force collaboration space! If you are not already on the e-mail announcement and discussion list please contact Michael Sessa, PESC President & CEO, at michael dot sessa at pesc dot org for access to participate in the list and the wiki. Much of the content on this wiki is public for viewing, but to create content or view draft content, please contact Michael Sessa about participating in the project to obtain an user account.
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EdUnify is simply a registry that indexes Web services for education. Visit the EdUnify registry to try it out, view demos, register services, and search the registry. EdUnify:
There is an increasing disparity between the number of jobs requiring postsecondary degrees and certificates and the number of United States workers receiving them. In light of these projected shortfalls, increasing efficiency of higher education and access to postsecondary programs are critically important. One of the major factors limiting the efficiency of higher education in the United States is the tremendous effort and cost required to integrate information systems across higher education institutions, service providers, and government agencies which provide instruction and services to students. Gartner Group estimates that higher education spends 50% of its IT budget, or a total of $25 billion annually, on system integration. This high cost is largely the result of duplication of analysis and implementation work and a lack of sharing and re-use. Much like Google saves countless time and effort locating information and resources on the web, a web service index and registry helps integrators find web services that already exist, use them, and focus effort only on what remains to be done.
EdUnify, a web service registry for higher education, will enable collaboration and reuse of integration analysis and implementation. Web service registries have been employed successfully in other endeavors such as cancer research and life sciences to accelerate data interchange and reuse of costly analytical resources. With EdUnify institutions of higher education, system vendors, and service providers will be able to integrate their systems more quickly and completely to offer new and improved services for course catalogues, course transfer, course articulation, degree audit, financial aid, career placement, reporting, and much more.
Read more about the need for EdUnify and the significance of the project.
Over 60 people from 30 colleges, universities, system vendors, online service providers, and government agencies are involved with the PESC EdUnify Task Force. For a list of Task Force members and contact information, see the PESC EdUnify Task Force Participants page. To enroll other participants contact Michael Sessa, PESC Executive Director, at michael dot sessa at pesc dot org.
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 these 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 applications won't even be conceived until we can see the landscape of web service across higher education and other sectors.
These are the top ten. If you have more or better apps you can think of, please add them to the Killer Apps page. The applications we can envision help provide motivation for building the EdUnify infrastructure. Like the Web itself, the real killer apps will likely follow the infrastructure.