Edtech Selections Data For 13,000 Schools Available From eduHiveMind
by Caitlin Moriarity
Online data commons eduHiveMind is making ed tech selections data easily available to higher ed CIOs and other interested parties.
eduHiveMind is a data-as-a-service platform that allows users to access and download more than 100 technology research reports that cover the software applications and other technologies chosen by more than 13,000 colleges, universities and other educational institutions. These technologies are used in areas such as financial management, human resources management, library management, learning management, and more. Users that have a valid higher ed work emails may also post vendor and solution ratings to eduHiveMind.
In addition to the ready-to-download reports, users can also commission eduHiveMind to compile custom reports.
Current eduHiveMind users include Blackboard, Boston College, HP, the Nebraska State College System, Oracle, and Tufts University, among others.
Decision makers at colleges and universities can use this data to see what edtech solutions their counterparts at institutions of comparable size are using. Reports from eduHiveMind can also help users track market share and edtech trends.
“For us, the exciting thing is we can now start to see trends, such as at what point vendors are replacing systems and what are they typically buying,” says Vicki Tambellini, CEO of The Tambellini Group and Enterprise Hive, the groups jointly behind eduHiveMind. ”It’s market-driven information, versus institutions having to rely on what vendors want you to know. Institutions can rely on the technology decisions other institutions have made. You can get that data real time and it changes every day.”
eduHiveMind works on a credit-based system. Users can either buy credits to get information, or earn credits buy providing data about themselves.
“Most institutions don’t want to take the time to give us information,” says Tambellini. “That’s been a big revelation to us. They don’t want to take time to update profiles, they just want to come get the information they need.”
The seeds of the idea for the data access service that eduHiveMind provides were planted back in 2001 when Tambellini was working at Peoplesoft. “I discovered I couldn’t buy data to see which institutions bought which technology solutions because no one tracked that data.” Tambellini began tracking that data herself, and used it to answer vendor and client questions. It eventually led her to start planning for the eduHiveMind application back in 2007, and putting together a software development team in 2008.
Publish Date: 07-10-2012