The Core Data Integration project is a collaborative, cross-project activity being coordinated by the University’s Enterprise Architect. The JISC is kindly funding us during 2011/12 to undertake some reporting and information sharing activity in relation to our work, within the JISC Transformations programme. You may download the project plan here.

During the project we plan to use JISC resources* such as the ICT Strategic Toolkit along with the support of the JISC Transformations programme and continued development of our institutional Enterprise Architecture approach to tackle the problem of achieving full integration of our various learning, teaching and research systems. We are in the process of documenting our core “master” data model and mapping the interrelationship of the data models implemented in our wide-ranging systems. This is because we need to consider how we may improve the sustainability of data exchange between systems without an on-going reliance on multiple point-to-point systems integrations – integrations that are resource-intensive and complex to maintain.

Requirements are being driven by several large-scale projects at the University of Bristol including the Managing Information Project (with its emphasis on business intelligence), the Performance Enhancement Project (which seeks to provide better quality data to support our staff review and progression processes) and the University Web Project (which focuses on providing new and improved public Web content following the recent purchase of our new Content Management System).

At this stage it is not known what our technological solution will be. But we will be evaluating long term strategic options ranging from data warehousing to Service Oriented Architectures.


* There are some other useful resources we hope to use on our project found at http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokits, (for example relating to Improving organizational efficiency, Managing the information lifecycle, and Business intelligence).