FOTE12 Speaker – John Townsend

Name: John TownsendJohn Townsend

Title: Director of Corporate Information Services at Liverpool John Moores University

Bio: John has overall responsibility for the development and support of information and technology services and associated strategies, tools and technologies; he has had previous roles as Head of Computer Services at Edge Hill University and in project and systems management with the Department of Health. He was formerly a member of the JISC Organisational Support Committee and has been involved in a number of JISC projects particularly in relation to IT Governance and Enterprise Architecture, and most recently as project lead for the Digital Academic Records Exchange (DARE) project, funded under the JISC/HEFCE Cloud initiative to develop secure document services delivered in a cloud hosted environment via the NEXUS Enterprise Service Bus. He is Chair of the UCISA Procurement Strategy Group, and a member of the board of JISC-CETIS, a Chartered IT Professional Member of the British Computer Society, and has an MBA (Technology Management) from the Open University.

Session Title: Here, DARE and Everywhere

Session Abstract: The Digital Academic Records Exchange (DARE) is an operational service for the secure distribution of electronic documents via the Cloud. Development was funded under JISC’s Shared Services and the Cloud programme and delivered by a consortium of seven Universities led by LJMU, with external partner Digitary providing the application, Nexus delivering optional integration services, and ULCC hosting.

The application provides a secure means of storing, authorising and distributing a range of academic documents including the HEAR, Transcripts and Graduation Certificates. Lessons learned from the project include:

  • the need to resource properly, both technically and functionally
  • that doing web services and XML is harder than people anticipated
  • that the Nexus ESB can provide a beneficial route to integration

This presentation will take you through the factors to consider  when implementing a new (remote) shared service informed by the experience of the universities who participated in DARE; the benefits of a new approach to managing documents; the merits of using Nexus to handle service integration.  It finishes with a look at DARE’s plans for the future as it builds on the success of the initial project.

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