Enterprise Architecture

EUNIS Enterprise Architecture Special Interest Group


Mission and Scope

The Higher Education Institutions have a need to describe their services in relation to processes, application services and capabilities. This approach specifically provides benefits for project initiatives that create or design service concepts and eases the description in a unified way of the produced service itself.

The main role of the EA Special Interest Group will be to display the EA work done within the sector, harmonize used terminology, be enabler for producing descriptions that can be used for mapping thus showcasing a European wide set of HEI services in a unified form (incl. vocabulary and notation). We encourage our members to build contact relationships within national stakeholders.

Proficient EA actors within the HEI can provide practical examples to lower the entry for newcomers and minder the work burden associated with documenting the Service landscape. In return, it will give proof of concept and qualitatively improve the terminology used.

Key activities will be but not exclusively:

  • establish and maintain a presence on EUNIS webpages (contacts, meetings and agendas)
  • establish and adapt a common capability model for all HEI to be used
  • establish and define architectural building blocks (ABB) in alignment with EU level initiatives
  • establish and cooperate with global standards to support HEI API development
  • support HEI to raise maturity using EA methodology

Activities put on hold for time being

  • establish co-creation portal (theoretical framework; metamodel)
  • establish and maintain ECHEIEA-repository (HEI Services)
  • define a Service Card structure (common service description model)
  • establish and maintain a Relation map (between Services and Actors; Processes and Application Services)

Locations and timing:

EUNIS SIG activities such as workshops are at minimum held once each quarter as on-line meetings if not otherwise agreed. Main activities will take place in conjunction with annual EUNIS Congress or workshops that tie-in with the topic. Other meetings and small group activities will be scheduled when necessary. We encourage national chapters to display their meetings on the SIG calendar.

Currently we organize regular online meetings with these topics:

  • Capabilities (e.g. UCISA model)
  • Interoperability frameworks (EIF & EIRA)
  • Global education standards (e.g. EDU-API)

pre-Congress EA SIG meetings on 2nd June 2021

The Enterprise Architecture SIG workshops are dedicated for architects, managers and others interested in the use of Enterprise Architecture as a tool in digitization of universities. We exchange experiences about challenges and solutions, both in terms of practical benefit to those working as architects and how enterprise architecture is used in institutions. This summer we had two separate meetings:

The meeting was focused on the development of a European Higher Education Capability model. This session allowed collaboration with colleagues in Australia and New Zealand.

The meeting was an introduction to Edu-API, latest developments and benefits from those already adopting a standards-based approach.

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Follow-up activities

We continue organising monthly informative events and other workshops Invitation to online meetings will be sent out only to our mailing list (ea@eunis.org). If you have not joined that list please do so (email: esa.suominen@eunis.org).

EA SIG Leaders: Patrik Maltusch & Esa Suominen