Refeds


Subject RE: Re: eP(S)A comparison
From "Andrew Cormack" <Andrew.Cormack@xxxxxx>
Date Wed, 2 Sep 2009 12:25:30 +0100

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Alex Reid [mailto:alex.reid@xxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: 31 August 2009 15:14
> To: Refeds
> Subject: RE: [refeds] Re: eP(S)A comparison
> 
> At 08:48 PM 28/08/2009, Andrew Cormack wrote:
> ...
> >I'll reference as many federations' documents as I can, so please
keep
> adding
> >to my list.
> >
> >I'll also try to document the usage of each term (and the variants
> where
> >they exist), based on the discussion here and the existing documents,
> >and if we can agree that those are clear then I'd be happy for anyone
> >else to use them.
> 
> I think in Australia we've more or less come to
> similar conclusions as those expressed by David Wasley:
> 
> (1) there are significant differences even
> between institutions within Australia in how some
> terms are used (not to mention that some
> (many???) universities are still unsure
> internally of their definitions!);  so finding
> international agreement is in the "too hard" basket at present.
> 
> [note: there does tend to be agreement throughout
> Australia on some broad definitions, especially
> those on which universities are required to
> provide statistical reports to the
> government;  but the real headache starts when
> you try to classify what I call "hangers-on" - a
> wide range of folk who have some part-time or
> casual or honorary role within the university,
> such as many medical staff who have "adjunct" university appointments]

I recognise that all too well!

> (2) [and this is the saving grace] most SPs
> actually don't need or want the degree of
> refinement we could be trying to achieve (for
> eP(S)A);  or they don't want to distinguish staff
> from faculty;  where significant discrimination
> is required, this tends to be on other criteria,
> for which eduPersonEntitlement would be used.

I'm clinging to that same piece of wreckage ;-)

Thanks
Andrew
 
> I don't think our Schema document is available
> publicly, but it contains the specifications/paragraphs reproduced
> below.
> 
> Cheers, Alex.
> ----------------------------------------------------
> 
> 4.1 - auEduPersonAffiliation
> 
> Description
> Specifies a person's relationship to the
> institution in broad categories but with a
> finer-grained set of permissible values than eduPersonAffiliation.
> 
> Format
> This attribute will have a controlled vocabulary.
> The following values are indicative of possible use cases:
> *         undergraduate-student
> *         honours-student
> *         postgraduate-coursework-student
> *         postgraduate-research-student
> *         nonaward-student
> *         prospective-student
> *         visiting-student
> *         visiting-staff
> *         honorary-staff
> *         contractor
> 
> and -----------------
> 
> 5.2 - Controlled vocabulary for auEduPersonAffiliation
> 
> Some suggestions have been made regarding
> additions to the controlled vocabulary of the
> attribute auEduPersonAffiliation.  CAUDIT will
> examine relevant use cases and consult the
> community regarding appropriate values during future reviews of this
> document.
> 
> -------------------------------------------------------
> T Alex Reid
> Advisor, eResearch & Middleware
> AARNet Pty Ltd
> and
> Honorary Professorial Fellow
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