Overview of the Service

The Open Data Service exists to make available linked data about the University of Oxford. These data can then be re-used by consumers both within and without the University to integrate into services that require institutional data, and aggregated to provide cross-institutional services.

The Open Data Service does not own or maintain datasets; it is a platform for (re-)publishing data that already exist in other systems. The value comes in providing links between datasets and providing standardised APIs for querying the data within them.

Scope

We’re primarily concerned with public or university-internal institutional data;

  • data to which the public can be granted access (it is non-sensitive, e.g. which is already published on University websites), or
  • which may may be accessed without restriction by members of the University

and which:

  • is relevant to planning, managing, operating, or auditing a major administrative function of the university, or
  • is required for use by more than one organizational unit.

For now we’re excluding research data, and metadata about research outputs. If you’re interested in such things, have a look at the Oxford University Research Archive and the University’s DataBank service.

Service status

The Open Data Service is offered as a beta service, and is currently undergoing active development as we add new datasets and functionality.