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  1. SWS should provide past quarter registration search by section

    currently SWS only allow registration searches *by section* for the current quarter. we had to implement this feature in this manner due to performance issues however we can work in fixing this problem if there is enough demand on campus for this

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      3 comments  ·  sws  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Provide Syllabus And Assignment Due Dates in Standard XML form

      Give students a tool to automate class and assignment schedules across a standard api... e.g. Google Calendar APIs and Tools. This will save student time and ensure accurate communication of changes

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        acknowledged  ·  5 comments  ·  sws  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • make Course Evaluations available via SWS

        The Course Evaluations are currently available here: https://www.washington.edu/cec/
        Could we add these to the SWS?

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          acknowledged  ·  5 comments  ·  sws  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow searches to see curric_ts_omit flagged courses

          Some clients (groups service, canvas, for example) need to see hidden courses in both curriculum and section searches. Suggest you add a parameter on the query string to activate an 'include ts_omit sections' query.

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            0 comments  ·  sws  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • allow potential service consumers to limit their usage authorization request to only the less sensitive resources

            We're preparing the paperwork to request FWS authorization for one of our applications. Relative to other UW services, it's a fairly rigorous process, considering we only want org code and org name data, neither of which seems to be of a sensitive nature.

            Since we're trying to follow best practices in terms of not re-using already approved certs across multiple applications, I anticipate we'll have to go through the approval process at least a few times.

            It would be nice if we could self-regulate in exchange for a less rigorous authorization process - i.e. don't let us see sensitive stuff,…

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              1 comment  ·  fws  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              acknowledged  ·  Tony ChangTony Chang responded

              We definitely recognize this is a real problem. We plan on working with the FWS data stewards to see if we can develop a lighter weight process for certain resources.

            • Search for Students in my Programs

              I would like to have a service that lets me search for all students who's majors are within my unit. I suggest that the parameters for this search should be a Major (aka Curriculum) code and a Pathway code. The result would be a list of students represented in the SWS person micro format (Name and RegID).

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                acknowledged  ·  1 comment  ·  sws  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 17 votes
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                • Allow search for multiple IDs

                  Allow the input of multiple IDs in a single search request e.g. netid1, netid2, netid3 so that you can save network round-trips.

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                    3 comments  ·  pws  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow SLN based lookups for SWS to get course info

                    Instead of requiring the curriculum and course number, allow a lookup to be performed with a given SLN number.

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                      0 comments  ·  sws  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Standard Look Up Resource Protocol

                      There are lots of core "Master Data" bits and pieces that need to be input into form fields in systems all over campus. Things like EID, budget number, org code, object/subobject codes, PCA codes, course numbers...the list is almost infinite. What the end-user often faces is a field that requires a key or code to be entered, but only knows the name or description. They then need to lookup it up somehow. Ideally the lookup function should be close coupled to the data entry field

                      There should be a standard protocol for writing lookup services so that developers can quickly…

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                        6 comments  ·  general  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        a central metadata repository is a big project that folks in uwit have been talking about. we’ll look for some smaller bits that we could do within the web services to provide some value in the meantime

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                          acknowledged  ·  4 comments  ·  research  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add Instructor Course Descriptions (ICDs) in SWS course resource

                          It now contains the catalog course description (good!). But adding these:
                          http://www.washington.edu/students/icd/
                          would allow devs to use all available course data. The new course catalog search using SWS can't fully replace the old Google-based search until it has access to ICDs.

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                            acknowledged  ·  1 comment  ·  sws  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Provide Course Material Lists via API

                            It would be useful to have an API which exposes the required / optional material lists for courses. The basics would be books titles, isbn, and if they are required or not. Currently this information is not available at all through the UW, and must be retrieved from the U Bookstore (which is an independent entity).

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                              acknowledged  ·  1 comment  ·  sws  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Provide web service access to OWLS data

                              Provide a web service that allows access to the UW Online Work/Leave System (OWLS) data for employee schedules and available leave time.
                              Currently OWLS is a read only web interface for UW employees, forcing departments to implement their own systems for employees to request and get approval for leave time. This means that departments either have a cumbersome wasteful paper based system, or they implement a web based system where the schedule for every employee must be manually added into the system.

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                                acknowledged  ·  2 comments  ·  hrpws  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Get 3rd party code online

                                I have code that is generic enough that others could use it, but there isn't a place to share code.

                                A sourceforge/launchpad/codeplex-like area (hosted by UW or just a special tag for UW Web Services projects at either site) would be great. A forum would allow for knowledge capture, collaboration, and deduplication of efforts.

                                9 votes
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                                  acknowledged  ·  4 comments  ·  general  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Community of Science

                                  Generate a service to pull faculty CV data from Community of Science: http://www.cos.com/services/workbench.shtml

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                                  • display course add codes on the MyUW teaching tab

                                    As a admin assistant for faculty, I constantly have to go to the SDB to look up add codes, then send them to faculty. The printed ones get lost by faculty. It would be great if the faculty had access to add codes on the teaching section on MyUW.

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                                      acknowledged  ·  1 comment  ·  sws  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Provide a service returning the EINs of all employees having appts in a budget number or org code

                                      This service would be usable by the Groups Web Service provisioner for maintaining organizational groups. Given a budget number, we'd need the EIN's of employees whose current (active, inactive) apptDeptBudgetNbr matches. Or whose HomeDeptBudgetNbr matches. Or whose DistBudgetNbr matches. Or whose (Appt, Home, Dist) budget nbr is in a particular Org Code.
                                      Whew!

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                                        acknowledged  ·  0 comments  ·  hrpws  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • formalize business logic for certain attributes (GPA, class)

                                        There are a number of attributes -- particularly for student resources -- that depend on business logic that isn't well-defined across campus. The most famous example of this is GPA, which must be calculated based on a number of different fields, taking into account a number of caveats about different types of courses, etc. To make matters worse, the business logic that defines this calculation is not well-documented (as far as I know) and results in potentially different results in different applications that may or may not properly calculate the GPA using the same rules of the registrar's office. Whenever…

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                                          acknowledged  ·  1 comment  ·  sws  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Please add a "Major" resource to the SWS

                                          ASTRA would like to get all of it's student application related Span of Control values out of SWS so that the DTS job that pulls span of control values from SDB can be retired. The only SOC type that is being retrieved from SDB that is not available in SWS is "Major".

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