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The open platform for Higher Education and Research

Why UNICS

Higher Education and Reserach organizations are at the heart of our socio-economic fabric, alongside schools, hospitals or townhalls. Their importance is set to continue growing driven by the shift towards a knowledge economy.

However, HE&R organizations are facing three major challenges: a decrease in public funding, a growing expectation of accountability and an increase in international competition for staff and students.

UNiCS helps HE&R organizations face these challenges by providing better access to qualitative knowledge and contextualized data. This enables universities to evaluate their potential, benchmark themselves against their competitors and refine their strategy.

HE&R institutions generate lots of data, but these data get lost in translation due to missing contextualisation
We look to change that

What’s UNiCS

UNiCS is a initiative that offers an Open Data platform based in Semantic technologies that integrates Open Data repositories about Higher Education and Research in Europe.

The service can be freely and openly accessed through our SPARQL endpoint. Also, we are constantly developing analytical tools to analyse data from the HE&R context.

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The service can be freely and openly accessed through our SparQL endpoint

How UNICS works

UNiCS’s platform follows an Ontology-Based Data Integration (OBDI) approach that allows the access to a vast amount of heterogeneous data, offering the final users means by formulating queries using terms from the information domain they are experts in. Therefore, each query gets transformed in a set of optimised queries to different data sources.

The OBDI approach guarantees that the UNiCS repository is always updated, anytime the data are modified in their original data sources and makes the semantics of the data explicit, thus offering an intuitive way to access the data, explore, visualise, analyse, and post-process them.

UNICS follows an Ontology-Based Data Integration approach that allows the access to a vast amount of heterogeneous data