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With the growing number of campuses equipped with WiFi, the demand for eResources and eBooks keeps rising every day, followed by a bunch of administrative works such as student data management. For the eLearning market to achieve optimal benefits, it is ideal for the industry to have a standardised data format that eases administrations, thereby resources can be allocated to content production and resource design. 

EdCity launches ‘Tryout Programme of Standardised Data Format for e-Textbook and e-Learning Platform’ in 2018/19, enabling industry partners to experience connecting multiple eResources with one single account with our EdConnect’s Single Sign-on (SSO) service, also accessing student data through our EdData portal, simplifying the administrative works. Schools simply authorise providers to use student data through the EdData portal to minimise the process of data transfer. 


  1. Standardise data format and platform specification
  2. Provide safe and user-friendly ‘EdData’ portal for data access between schools and service providers
  3. Manage resources connected with ‘EdConnect Single Sign-on Directory Services’ with ease

Development Progress


  • EdCity works together with the Education Bureau to invite schools using eBooks and providers interested in adopting EdData to provide feedback for continuous service enhancement 


  • Organised 'Briefing on Connecting Publishers and Schools - Data Standards and Interface' in August 2018, and kicked off the public consultation 
  • Announced the summary and follow-up actions after the completion of public consultation in September 2018
  • Launched the 'Tryout Programme of Standardised Data Format for e-Textbook and e-Learning Platform' in December 2018
  • Organised EdData and EdConnect workshops in January 2019
  • Met with providers and conducted focus group with pilot schools to collect feedback in May 2019
  • Launched the 'EdData' portal in Auguest 2019

Overview of Data Access

Checklist for Effective and Secure Data Access