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  1. Handle changed RegID

    Occasionally student records are assigned new RegIDs. The system is aware of these records because when you search the old RegID in the SWS person resource a link to the person record using the new RegID is provided.

    Suggest either

    1. Have resources like registration, enrollment support the old RegID.

    2. Have the empty response representation include the fact that the queried RegID has a replacement value.

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      0 comments  ·  sws  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add salary benefit load rates to the Financial Web Service

      At least a couple of UW systems require programmatic access to official UW benefit load rates. These rates are set annually by Management Accounting & Analysis and posted online for people to view and stored in the Financial Accounting System (FAS). If these rates were made available via FWS then UW systems could find the rates using a Web service instead of either copying the data locally or directly accessing a UW enterprise database.

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        0 comments  ·  fws  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Improve the navigability of new resources

        There are two new person-specific resources in v5 of the SWS - the financial resource and the notice resource. It would help our support and testing staff if it were possible to browse to those resources, instead of needing to construct the urls by hand.

        There are quite a few places in the SWS where there are links to resources that are protected - test scores, enrollment searches, and the grade roster, for instance.

        It might also be helpful to include links to the current, next and previous terms on the index resource. On browsers where I don't have those…

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          0 comments  ·  sws  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Alert Campus Administrators and Fiscal Specialists or individuals affected to end of appointment date ahead of time

          Campus does not have a way to tell end of appointment dates until UW Payroll runs a report for them. While that works well for intra dependecies, it does not work well for interdependecies of systems.
          HEEPS shows Active record yet PWS appointment information shows expired appointment.

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            0 comments  ·  pws  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add Canvas Syllabus Descriptions to SWS

            Now that ICD's are being retired Canvas is the new solution for instructor-entered course descriptions. It would be fantastic to get the custom descriptions along with the rest of the data about the course.

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              acknowledged  ·  0 comments  ·  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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                acknowledged  ·  0 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 →
                • Provide central place to host resource scheduling information

                  Expand the current function of r25 (or like service) to not only be able to host classroom data, but any available space on campus. Provide a Web Service so that current space seeking apps could hook into it. Also have a interface that building coordinators could access that eliminates the need for every building to have a separate booking app.

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                    acknowledged  ·  0 comments  ·  r25ws  ·  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 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.

                    • MyUW Mobile would like to add uw_affiliation_undergrad-current, uw_affiliation_extension-student_current to UW Affiliation Groups

                      MyUW Mobile would like GWS to make
                      uw-affiliation-undergrad-current,
                      uw-affiliation-extension-student-current available in the UW Affiliation Groups.

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                        acknowledged  ·  0 comments  ·  gws  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add field to Course Section representation for self sustaining flag

                        Self sustaining flag is per section attribute, available in SDB (EDW) on table sec_time_schedule in field called self_sustaining. Important data for departmental planning and for display to students.

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                          acknowledged  ·  2 comments  ·  sws  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Enrollment resource return links for future quarter

                          The enrollment search appears to be NOT returning links for the future quarters in which a student is enrolled. Is that by design?

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                            0 comments  ·  sws  ·  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.

                            12 votes
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                              acknowledged  ·  5 comments  ·  general  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add financial transaction data to FWS

                              This would save us from having to manually download expenditure transactions from MyFinancial.Desktop.

                              Perhaps this effort could also expose other MyFD functions under web services, such as reconciliation.

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                                acknowledged  ·  2 comments  ·  fws  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 17 votes
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                                  acknowledged  ·  5 comments  ·  sws  ·  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 →
                                  • Ability to search on course description

                                    Currently course search only searches on long and short course titles.

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                                    • modifications to Section resource

                                      The Groups Web Service provisioner could source its data from SWS if:
                                      o The section search resource accepted a timestamp, and returned only those sections which had been modified since that timestamp
                                      o The section resource returned a system timestamp
                                      o The registration resource optionally returned StudentNbr or UWNetId instead of RegId

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                                        acknowledged  ·  0 comments  ·  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!

                                        6 votes
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                                          acknowledged  ·  0 comments  ·  hrpws  ·  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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