By enabling data sharing between internal IT systems and between one organisation and another, APIs facilitate not only the dissemination of knowledge but also the design of innovative online services for students and staff. By removing the need to repeat laborious data entry tasks, they save staff time and increase organisational efficiency.
This report explains these and other key benefits of APIs, demonstrates these benefits with case studies and contextualised examples, and suggests some steps to start using APIs both as a technology and as a business change methodology. The aim throughout is to highlight the key opportunities and challenges facing UK further and higher education organisations in achieving good practice for implementing APIs, and to provide real world case studies and actionable advice as to how to use APIs to further typical institutional goals. The writing is non-technical and is aimed at senior university and college managers.