Interoperable Data Ecosystems: An international review to inform a South African innovation

Over the last fifty years, governance has been repeatedly challenged to respond to continuous technological innovations of the public, private and academic sectors.

The Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (merSETA), in collaboration with the government and a well-established non-profit research organisation, JET Education Services (JET), is in the process of developing and establishing an integrated and interoperable digital ecosystem for the post-school education and training (PSET) sector. Overall, the initiative intends to ensure that data sets in the South African PSET sector will be interoperable, well-synchronised and used effectively as a source of information for planning and improving efficiency in the PSET system. This review of interoperable data systems set out to determine enablers and inhibitors of interoperable data management and usage, give evidence of best practices and learnings in terms of approaches to designing, developing and maintaining complex data systems, and explore opportunities for partnership with existing systems or platforms. This international benchmarking review of best practices is a first step towards the creation of the digital ecosystem for the PSET sector.

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