Human and Technological Resources Needed to Develop and Sustain A City-Wide Educational Data Observatory

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Abstract

A data observatory for a local government authority in Scotland was developed in collaboration with university researchers and other stakeholders. The data observatory provided a platform to extract, analyse and view data from various databases. The data observatory was created using standard web tools. One component of the observatory, the DataHub, is provided as a case study. It was developed in partnership with other agencies and produced new information on school leaver destinations. After two years the project paid for itself in terms of staff time saved. Lessons learned about setting up a city-wide data observatory are provided.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResponsible Analytics and Data Mining in Education
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal Perspectives on Quality, Support, and Decision-Making
EditorsBadrul H. Khan, Joseph Rene Corbeil, Maria Elena Corbeil
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
ISBN (Print)9781138305885, 9781138305908
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018

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Shanks, R., Scharlau, B., Saevanee, H., & Stelfox, K. (2018). Human and Technological Resources Needed to Develop and Sustain A City-Wide Educational Data Observatory. In B. H. Khan, J. R. Corbeil, & M. E. Corbeil (Eds.), Responsible Analytics and Data Mining in Education: Global Perspectives on Quality, Support, and Decision-Making [10] New York: Routledge.