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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).