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In May of 2012 I first came across the APIs from the University of Washington. I was impressed with how organized their approach to delivering campus APIs was. Their IT department does a great job on the presentation of their APIs, why they are important and makes them inclusive to everyone.

Using the Universities of Washington's web services, anyone on campus can learn, discover and connect to 29 separate University APIs. Its great to see that a University is trying to create a single directory of all University web services, and even has an API suggestion service where students and faculty can submit and vote on ideas for new, useful campus APIs.

With the volatility of school funding, online learning and just overall competition in higher ed, Universities need to start noticing of the transformative powers of APIs, and how it can make University operations more transparent, accessible and nimble, and potentially even save money when it comes to empowering the students themselves to build interfaces for accessing vital University information.

Recently, folks at UC Berkeley contacted me about their API program, with lots of ideas of what they would like to see. As I do in other sectors, I want to help profile the best API approaches across Universities and provide blueprints for other universities to follow.

This University research project will profile the efforts of various University API programs as well as provide news, analysis and other resources that people can follow when working to get traction with APIs at their own school.

Student, Instructor, Classroom, Class, And Course API Planning At BYU

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I spoke with Phil Windley (@windley) over at Brigham Young University (BYU) about their API strategy this morning. BYU is bringing together API providers and consumers, to establish a coordinated strategy for delivering designing, deploying, managing, and integrating with APIs across campus--an effort being led by CIO Kelly Flannagan (@kelflanagan). As part of their latest API effort, BYU is focusing in on the lowest hanging fruit when it comes to campus resources: Students Instructors Classrooms Classes Courses The API team is still struggling with a handful of technical details like how to deal with unique identifiers, and relationship between resources, more.

The University of API White Paper: Looking At APIs In Higher Education

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Download as PDF I spend a great deal of time looking at new APIs from companies, institutions, and government agencies during my weekly monitoring of the API space, and over the last couple years, I've come across an increasing number of APIs tht are out of higher educational institutions around the world. It began with a centralized developer area at the University of Washington (UW), and then I saw the same from UC Berkeley, with more recently noticing the impressive conversion of 250+ services from a traditional Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), to a more modern web API approach, at more.

Increasing The Focus On APIs In Higher Education Is Important

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Maybe I’m a little biased at the moment, after participating in a Reclaim Your Domain hackathon with some really smart folks from multiple universities, as well as working on my first white paper on APIs in higher education, but I feel pretty strongly that higher education institutions focusing on APIs will extremely important in the next two years. I’m constantly working to understand the big picture of the emerging API economy, the importance of the government API development phase, and working to understand what is next for the US government API strategy, while also acknowledging we need the enterprise more.