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Key Information Set 2013/14 - Location identifier name

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Key Information Set 2013/14

Fields required from institutions in Northern Ireland

Location identifier name

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Short nameLOCNAME

This field records the institutions own location descriptor for a teaching location.

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

All institutions where Institution.Location entity exists


This field describes the location identified in Location.LOCID.

In order to address a number of issues from users and institutions, including a desire to be able to search for courses by location and supply location-specific accommodation information, a location identifier has been added to each KIS course, with the institution providing geographic and accommodation information for each location that it uses in its return.

The information returned in Location.LOCNAME and Location.LOCNAMEW will appear in the course characteristics on the Unistats website (See Figure 1 for an example). Therefore, institutions should enter meaningful names when returning this field.

Figure 1

Valid characters

The question of valid characters is significant in this field since many names include characters with accents and other diacritics that are not supported by the standard ASCII characterset.

  • The general policy is to support all Latin-based characters for names, addresses and general text fields, but not non-Latin characters.
  • All Unicode code charts for Latin characters are supported. These are Basic Latin (excluding the C0 control characters), Latin-1 (excluding the C1 control characters), Latin Extended A, Latin Extended B and Latin Extended Additional. This set corresponds to Unicode code points U+0020 to U+007E, U+00A0 to U+024F and U+1E00 to U+1EFF.
  • Schemas are built in such a way that an individual project can further restrict the set if required.

The character set chosen will support Welsh and Gaelic languages as well as all European and most other languages using a Latin-based character set.

The Unicode charts that list each of the characters in this range can be found on the Unicode web site. The specific sets that are defined here are shown in the following PDF documents:

Files must be encoded with UTF-8 and schema validation will be in place to ensure this. Institutions must specify the encoding used in their XML files in the first line of the file (i.e. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>) and to ensure that their files are actually saved with that encoding. If XML files are edited with some text editors and the encoding is not specified or does not match the actual file encoding, there may be problems when submitting these files for validation.

Quality rules
Quality rules to follow
Reason required

To provide a description of the course location for the Unistats website.

Part of
Field length100
Minimum occurrences1
Maximum occurrences1
Schema components
Element: LOCNAME
Data type: LOCNAMEType
Year this field relates to2014/15
Date modified2013-09-19
Change management notesAdditional guidance added to address user issues when searching for location-specific data, including an image to further clarify this procedure.

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