Our database contains basic sector and geographic information for JANET connected further education, higher education and research organisations. Throughout 2010 we will also be adding per-organisation aggregate data for use of JISC funded services. This information is available in human readable form via our web site and we enable programmatic reuse via web services.
The Monitoring Unit's web services are loosely based on the concept of Representational State Transfer, commonly known as REST. Data about organisations is accessed at specific URIs (much like visiting a web page) and there is some choice in the media you may request — currently XML (the default), JSON or JSONP.
More information about the data accessible through the web services is available.
If you want access to the whole of our Organisations and Services database for analysis, or have an application where the latency involved in web services would not be appropriate, downloading a copy of our SQLite database may be the answer.
To help you get started, and for simple use directly in spreadsheets, we have created some libraries for using our services:
There are no current hard limits to the number of API requests you may make to our web service. However, please note we may implement limits at any time to maintain service stability. This service is in beta and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
If your application is likely to make a lot of requests to our web services, you may wish to use a copy of our SQLite database instead.
The Monitoring Unit makes reasonable endeavours to ensure information made available through its API is accurate. However, as we are not the data generator for this information we cannot guarantee accuracy. If you spot a mistake we gratefully accept corrections via our contact form.