USF World Works to Create an International Database of Activities
June 1, 2012
USF has recently become a member of the UCosmic Consortium, a group of universities and organizations that are developing an international open-source software that allows universities to map and record the global activities of faculty, staff, alumni, and students. As it becomes available, USF World will use the program to track and make available USF’s international endeavors. USF is currently one of 17 entities around the world working to develop the software.
Under development since early 2011, the first feature allows member institutions to record and map international agreements. Using the agreement module, anyone with a USF Net ID can log in and search for international partnership agreements by country, city or institution name. USF currently has over 150 active agreements with partner institutions across the globe. Additional details will include the sponsoring department and agreement dates. The USF World agreement module will be accessible in fall 2012.
Over the next two years, consortium members will work to develop modules that track faculty and student activities (including research and study abroad), international student recruitment, alumni, travel, corporate engagement and global media. UCosmic plans to launch an alumni module in 2013, allowing users to track alumni groups organized outside the U.S.
For its part, USF is currently working to build the faculty and staff activity module. The faculty module will allow users to see a faculty member’s post-baccalaureate education, research, teaching/training, creative endeavors, professional service and consulting, and awards/honors. USF currently has over 1,000 faculty members working in 141 countries. Once online, the software will allow USF World to enter data and make the information available to the USF community. The student module will track incoming exchange students and their home institutions, on-campus international organizations, and study abroad activities.
More information about the UCosmic Consortium can be found at http://www.ucosmic.org/.
**USF World would like to speak with current faculty as the faculty module software is being developed. Please contact Laurel Dwyer at email@example.com to find out more.
A screenshot of the USF World international agreements module.