Plats: MIT-huset, MC 413
Peter Lundberg: Ping - an electronic interface for the Swedish universities
Ping is a public interface to the swedish university admittance system using WWW-technology and smartcards, enabling us to perform various services both to current students and applicants. Examples of current services are an ability to check ones results, changing adresses in the system and ordering certificates of merits.
The project is a part of the larger IDOL-project involving several large Swedish companies and The Royal Institute of Technology with the goal to prouce an electrnoic ID in Sweden (see http://idol.promotor.telia.se and http://www.kth.se)
The paper will describe the system which at present is operating towards 6500 students on a trial basis and outline the development of other services including public methods to test individual merits against university entrance requirements via the web. Other issues that will be addressed are security and the model of communication being used.
Currently we are developing a client-server based, distributed solution in a larger scale witch will be able to communicate between all Swedish universities. The goal of this work is to produce a safe method for communication, sharing information between universities and feeding information into the system in a centralized way enabling people to apply to Swedish Universities electronically. The system to come will shorten the period from application deadline to admittance thereby saving time and money for the universities and giving applicants a shorter period of waiting.