Guidance

LRS: web services for management information system developers

Learning Records Service (LRS) web services provide system-to-system communications over a network.

Documents

LRS getting started guide

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LRS testing instructions guide

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LRS web services interface specification

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ULN validation

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AO web services interface application

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LRB web services interface application

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Live web service connection form

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LRB testing application form

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Details

Learning Records Service (LRS) web services provide system-to-system communications over a network, which mainly takes place over the Internet. Put simply, the system requests a specific task (or tasks) of another system and then receives a response to its request.

Using the web services interface

Web services can give several benefits:

  • your management information system (MIS) can communicate directly with our learner register, rather than using you as an intermediary meaning you do not need to log onto the learner register as a user, or give every user of your MIS access to it

  • the web service interface also removes the effort and risk of error of re-keying information from your MIS into the learner register because data is transferred directly

  • each web service only does one thing, because it has no memory, the services are scalable, meaning we can make several copies of the same service simultaneously

  • a web service uses a standard extensible mark-up language (XML), which is referred to as its service description, this gives you all of the details you need to use the service, including message formats (that detail the operations), transport protocols and location. Web service descriptions are expressed in web service description language (WSDL, pronounced ‘Wizdel’)

If you are not familiar with web services, we recommend you seek expert advice before starting any development of your MIS.

Published 23 June 2014
Last updated 19 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. We have updated the LRS web services interface specification guide.
  2. Updated live web service connection form.
  3. Published the AO Web Services Interface Application
  4. New and updated documents have been added.
  5. Removal of LRS developer registration form and major editorial change to content of the page completed on 19 January 2018.
  6. New version of Developer registration form uploaded on 30 October 2017.
  7. Minor editorial change to registered Developer section of the page made on 12 June 2017.
  8. New version of LRS developer registration form uploaded on 25 January 2017.
  9. Minor editorial change on 10 January 2017.
  10. New version of LRS developer registration form uploaded on 24 November 2016.
  11. New version of LRS developer registration form uploaded on 12 October 2016.
  12. New LRS developer registration for and instruction on how to create a Microsoft Live account uploaded 27 November 2014.
  13. First published.