The e-Framework for Education and Research

The e-Framework for Education and Research is a joint project of DEST and JISC. It seems to have implications for the group with whom I am working on the development of a strategy for future online learning systems.

The e-Framework is an initiative by the U.K’s Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), Australia’s Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) and partners to produce an evolving and sustainable, open standards based service oriented technical framework to support the education and research communities.

The e-Framework supports a service-oriented approach to developing and delivering education, research and management information systems. Such an approach maximises the flexibility and cost effectiveness with which systems can be deployed, both in an institutional context, nationally and internationally.

The e-Framework allows the community to document its requirements and processes in a coherent way, and to use these to derive a set of interoperable network services that conform to appropriate open standards. By documenting requirements, processes, services, protocol bindings and standards in the form of ‘reference models’ members of the community are better able to collaborate on the development of service components that meet their needs (both within the community and with commercial and other international partners). The ‘e-Framework’ also functions as a strategic planning tool for the Collaboration Partners.

(Via OLDaily .)