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The SIF Association Matures to Address Not Only Data Management but Data Usage for Learning!

Over the past 18 years the SIF Project, then Framework and finally Association, has brought together the best and brightest minds in the identification, management and movement of education data at all levels of the enterprise.  Hundreds of volunteers have vested thousands of hours outside of their “day jobs” in helping to create the various technical blueprints, a certification program, develop a new non-profit and build the most unique community comprised of schools, government entities, developers and implementers. 

It is time to promote and celebrate all that hard work.  How many times have you been asked in the past “What is SIF?”  Did you answer it is a technical specification, a community, or both?  Did you know what the “S” stands for (really Schools AND Systems)?  How long was that elevator ride conversation?  As a previous classroom teacher, state policy staffer, and in my current role as a parent and local education volunteer I always believed that our work has been bigger than that.  In each of those roles I need the right information for the task at hand and my most important task always surrounds learners and their success.  It is time to move SIF out of a targeted back office focus and let people know – even those non-techies – that we as a community do so much more.

With all that in mind I am thrilled to announce to you that we are maturing as a community to that ‘something more’, the new Access 4 Learning Community (A4L.org).  All of our collective work is really about that:  providing educators, parents, and school administrators access to state-of-the-art tools populated with up-to-date information in order to make effective use of a myriad of diverse resources to effectively produce a learning environment for all students. Seamless integration of a broad a spectrum of instructional, administrative and communication tools is an essential foundation for an environment that addresses the needs of all learners. Students, teachers, and institutions have different needs, requiring solutions to be simple, secure, scalable and standard.
 
So our new charge is adding another descriptor to what we do: support the identification, management and movement AND USAGE of education data at all levels of the enterprise…. 

 Larry Fruth II PhD, Executive Director / CEO, Access 4 Learning Community
May 2015

 


Making the most of your membership!

As members of the Access 4 Learning Community there are many resources available to you to help you on your SIF journey.  From the simple ‘How To’ Guides to help you navigate and enhance your membership, to Implementation Planning Toolkits to help you start your implementation, Success Stories of our implementers and basic technical help for Developers. 

 

Here is just a selection, but there is much more available from the website:

  Data Privacy Artifacts

Threats to student data privacy have received considerable attention recently, and it is generally recognized that while data security and data privacy issues overlap to some degree, there are enough differences that data privacy concerns can effectively be treated separately. The Data Privacy Task Force Artifacts provide collective thinking guidance in real world strategies to address data privacy concerns.

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xPress Roster & xPress Student Record Exchange

xPress is a new initiative of the Access 4 Learning Community that reflects contemporary thinking about interoperability. xPress is a suite of APIs that are designed to provide a standard template for interoperability for specific, high-value use cases. Applications developers are free to implement xPress independently, in a self-contained fashion, or as an integrated component of a full enterprise environment.

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SIF Data Model Implementation Specification (North America) 3.3

The SIF Data Model Implementation Specification (North America) 3.3 release is now available! This latest release includes new/updated objects as follows - Entity Objects: studentActivity objects; studentActivityParticipation; Report Objects: SRE; energyUsage; libraryPatronStatus; Composite Objects: SIFxPress Ojects – xCalendar; xContact; xCourse; xLEA; xRoster; xSchool; xStaff; xStudent.

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SIF Infrastructure Implementation 3.1 (global)

The SIF Infrastructure Specification 3.1 is the latest release of an open standard infrastructure which began 15 years ago as the product neutral interface of an existing commercial message broker. As will be seen, this release brings SIF into the modern era by leveraging a REST based approach to data exchange. The key contribution the SIF 3.1 release makes is to define, coordinate and standardize the ways in which a RESTful educational service can be accessed securely, robustly, and in real time by multiple RESTful clients.

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Exclusively for our Members!
 

Members Resources: Learn About SIF!

The Access 4 Learning (A4L)Community has numerous information resources for developers, vendors, technological decision-makers.

In this section you will find additional documents, definitions of terms and tutorials to help youget started with SIF.

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Member Resources: SIF Support

This section provides information on SIF, resources to help you architect and understand technical aspects of SIF development, and also resources to help you resolve issues within your SIF implementation.

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