The University of Southampton has announced an extensive open data programme in a bid to attract potential students through greater transparency.
The university will publish 20 datasets, including details of all the university’s buildings, research output and financial statements, on its new data.southhampton.ac.uk portal. The information is available under an open license, meaning that third parties can build applications using the data.
“It is important that universities are transparent and that they provide good quality information to prospective students making decisions about where and what to study,” said the UK’s minister for universities and science David Willetts. “It’s great to see the University of Southampton making this level of data publicly available and helping students make better, more informed choices about their future."
The university’s School of Electronics and Computer Science counts web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and fellow linked data advocate Nigel Shadbolt among its faculty.