In the August newsletter we told you that from November 2017 onwards we would not publish the OrgCurDev product (also referred to as the Access Database). The product will be available by request only.
We have received some enquiries from users who wish to continue using this product. Therefore we have reviewed our decommissioning plans. Whilst we recognise that there is a need to remove this product as soon as practicable we do not wish to impact service delivery. We will adjust our decommissioning process to reflect user needs if necessary.
We have decided to:
- ask all users requesting the database to complete a short questionnaire detailing their business need and the impact of us removing the product entirely
- assess the migration paths for each request received and identify any potential gaps
- collate this information until February 2018 at which point we will review how we can best meet user needs moving forwards (we will ask users who request the database to feed into this process)
If you need to continue using OrgCurDev
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and log a call for the ODS team.
The replacement for OrgCurDev
In recent years we have made sizeable improvements in our products to provide modern interfaces to Organisation Data. Much of the functionality included in the OrgCurDev is available in many other ways, listed below:
- the ODS portal supports many searches, including Organisation code, type, partial name and postcode to provide access to organisation data
- all organisation reference data is available in a single XML file, which is richer than the data in ORGCURDEV. Tools which allow data transformation in to a set of landing tables for a staging database are also provided. The tools can build a set of tables which resemble those in the Access Database
- also, we are building an Application Programme Interface (API) which aligns to the XML data model. A supported version of this product will be available before the end of March 2018.