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University ditching Sharepoint for UNIT4 to publish open, linked data

Derek du Preez | March 15, 2013
The University of Southampton is planning on ditching its Sharepoint installation to publish equipment and asset data, after developing an interface with UNIT4 that connects to its Agresso ERP platform and publishes data into an online, open database.

Cox, instead of always uploading the data into Sharepoint, engaged with UNIT4 to develop an interface for the Agresso system that allowed relevant people at the University to access the Agresso fixed asset module directly to provide better descriptions of asset data, which is then uploaded every 24 hours straight into an online Agresso database.

"The interface looks like a typical Agresso screen, but it has the Uniquip standardised fields that have been agreed across the universities - contact information, location information, building sites, publishing levels. Researchers, or finance people, at the university can now access the Agresso platform and input the data, which is then uploaded daily online to be searched by other institutions across the UK," said Cox.

"We are trying to make sure that we create efficiencies and that there is good equipment available."


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