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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.


Hack/Reduce partners with state, universities for big-data ambassador program | BetaBoston

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When Cort Johnson made the move from Terrible Labs to Atlas Venture, some wondered what his specific role at the venture capital firm might be.With the launch of hack/reduce’s “College Ambassador Program,” that becomes a little more clear.Johnson will spearhead the initiative to connect hack/reduce, the MassTech Collaborative, and local colleges and universities in order to build a robust big-data community and mentor the potential leaders of the next generation of big-data companies.The program plans to have two students designated as hack/reduce big-data ambassadors on the campus of a number of Boston-area schools.The ambassadors’ role will be to promote the......read more.



Explaining My Work Around APIs In Higher Education To Institutions

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I’m needing to quantify the work i do around APIs in higher education for a university in the U.K., so I figured I’d craft into a story that I can share with my readers, and potentially other schools who would ask what it is that I do. I am interested in APIs in higher education because I feel strongly that our institutions are a fertile environment for ensuring that the next generation of our society possess the digital literacy they will need to navigate and find success in our increasingly digital world. When I mention that higher education institutions should......read more.



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,......read more.