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Interoperability Transformation Initiative

in•ter•op•er•a•bil•i•ty/ noun:
the capacity of computer systems or software to exchange and make use of information

To enable and empower the work of the university—including teaching and learning, research and outreach—the Interoperability Transformation Initiative will establish improved interoperability and infrastructure services and practices across campus.

Why interoperability matters…

We need better access to data

A cohesive interoperability strategy would allow for better access to data based on a user’s role as well as provide an increased ability to share data across IT and business systems.

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We need simpler, less costly integration

Interoperability would reduce cost and complexity among critical integration projects by utilizing common data definitions and principles across enterprise systems.


We need greater efficiency

Interoperability would enable faculty, staff and students to perform the work they need to do in a more efficient and timely manner.


Interop Relationships with Systems of Record

Venn diagram showing the relationship of Systems of Record to Interop Infrastructure and Consumers of Integration

  • Provide interfaces to data and processes
  • Leverage Interop tools and processes
  • Map to emergent University standards and guidelines
  • Facilitate developing University standards and guidelines
  • Assist systems of record in providing interfaces via a common integration environment
  • Assist in interface development (where it makes sense)
  • Provide tools and processes for integration (API gateways, shared ETL tooling, etc)
  • Provide architecture for login, access control
  • Provide interface points for service providers to register and manage services
  • Create catalogs of integration services and interfaces available
  • Provide documentation, processes and guidance for integrators to leverage Interop infrastructure
  • Develop training and professional development tracks for integrators
  • Assist in integration processes (where it makes sense)
  • Integrate services with Interop infrastructure
  • Understand and align with UW policies and practices
  • Assist in integration processes (where it makes sense)

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