Student 2019/20 (Data Futures) 1.7.0 release
This autumn heralds the release of the complete Student 2019/20 (Data Futures) specification.
It is a credit to the professionalism and tireless work internally and across the sector that we have achieved the breadth and depth of work to date
In the past year, we have worked extensively with our alpha group and statutory customers, software suppliers and contact groups.
It is a credit to the professionalism and tireless work internally and across the sector that we have achieved the breadth and depth of work to date. A lot of our activity has been in collaboration, to communicate and understand new activities and practices, not least the testing and implementation of a new data platform.
With this in mind, we have scheduled two releases in September and October. This ensures we have given the sector time to respond to our consultation regarding new items and proposed changes to existing items.
This week, we are releasing version 1.7.0 and this will represent all items except those still out for consultation or under review.
We have taken a new approach to the specification consultation with all items available separately online for review and feedback. Each item has required a burden assessment, as introduced during our collection governance consultation.
Data specification guidance will be available for over 60 percent of entities; we are continuing to work on guidance for those items presented in phases one and two of the specification consultation, also those items still awaiting feedback (closing date for phase three is 8 October).
The final model will be available in the 2.0.0 release, which will be available at the end of October.
At this stage, we will have all fields and entities with a basic level of guidance across all.
With the 2.0.0 release all of the FAQ raised during the specification training events will also be available in our resources section.
As with any specification, we may need to respond in future to any feedback and evolving requirements, but with the October release, we are confident the model meets current statutory requirements.
Your expertise and involvement is invaluable in the development of the specification and platform
We will continue to work to produce more detailed guidance around the popular scenarios and specific queries raised by providers; we will also be working on the quality rules, providing more information on this as soon as it is available.
We will also update our supporting resources section in response to feedback and requirements; we are planning a release of key concept videos, and a programme of webinars will be announced from November onwards.
Your expertise and involvement is invaluable in the development of the specification and platform, and we look forward to continuing our work with and for the sector as we move into beta.