Archive for June, 2009

IdCard Photo Service Gets an EARful

The Idcard Photo service has a new client! 

Photos are now available in the Electronic Academic Records System (EARS).  This means that advisors and administrators who are working with students can see photos along with academic records.   

The advisers are thrilled and, according to Patricia Greer of the Student Team, calling the photo service from her application was easy.

Other Clients Coming on Board Soon

The College of Education is in the process of adding photos to the STEP advisors application and Catalyst Tools will soon be adding photos to GoPost.

 Interested in Getting Access?

The registrar’s office has determined that access to the photos will be governed by the same Memorandum of Understanding that covers access to the Student Web Service data.  If you have signed the MOU, contact Matt Winslow to get your application’s certificate authorized.

New Version Coming Soon

A new version that will allow clients to request custom sizes is in the works and will be released soon.

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An iPhone Web Application using Student Web Services

A few students (Braxton Ehle, Chris Zrout, and William Briere) from the iSchool has created a cool new iPhone web application using the student web services as part of their course work.

You can access the application here

The students contacted the SWS team while working on their project to programmatically access public UW course data in a fast and easy way. When they completed their project we were happy to see such fast and creative innovation built on top of the SWS.

Here is the list of features from their own words.

Search for and view information on classes

  • Including Course description, professor, time, class meetings, and location
  • Add classes to your “schedule”

  • From your schedule page you can view the days of the week the class meets, time, professor, building, and room#
  • You can also register the class
  • Map your classes in Google Maps

  • View your classes by day in Google Maps
  • View the UW RSS News feed

    “It’s designed around webkit and safari in mind, so it’s best viewed in either safari or an iPod Touch or iPhone.”

    Braxton, Chris, and William plan on finalizing their project and adding more features in the near future to help UW students – get mobile! I also heard from their instructor that they did a “great job” with the app and liked how they tailored the project to help solve a practical need.

    Good work!

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    R25 Classroom Scheduling

    R25 is the UW’s general assignment classroom scheduling database owned by the Office of the Registrar. My team and I have been working with the owners of the data to understand use cases for providing a web service on top of the R25 database. If we were able to provide this data over a web service we could easily imagine a quick and valuable web client that shows classroom scheduling information containing information like free/busy, room capacity, room equipment, and other data. This could really help classroom schedulers on campus and many others. We could also imagine integration with other space data around campus such as SIMS (space inventory management system).

    Currently access to the R25 database is limited to those with the R25 windows desktop client only. Do you have a use case for R25 and space data that your department or business unit could take advantage of via a web service? If so we would like to hear from you. Just add a comment to this blog entry or send me email (