May 16, 2022

New TechWatch Report From JISC (UK): Preparing for Data-driven Infrastructure

A TechWatch report new from the JISC Observatory team.

From a JISC Observatory Summary Post:

In his summary of the report, the author Max Hammond points to the growth in the amount and type of data that institutions will be sharing, influenced by an increasing number of drivers. He explains that, while universities have already begun to address these data management demands by creating a variety of architectures, one concept that is emerging is that of data-centric architecture which focuses primarily on organisational data rather than systems, and is designed to facilitate the sharing of data between the processes handling institutional data.

Dr Hammond makes it clear that adopting such an approach is not lightly undertaken but that there are a number of approaches and pragmatic choices that can advance institutions sensibly in the right direction of effective data management and which form the body of his report.


This report highlights approaches that institutions can take in responding to these strategic drivers in order to adopt a more data-centric approach. The report includes a description of data-centric architectures and an overview of tools and technologies (including APIs, Linked Data and NoSQL) together with a review of architectural approaches which institutions will need to consider.


Preparing for Data-driven Infrastructure
Final Report, Version 1.0


Max Hammond


JISC Observatory

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