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2018-2019 Australian A4L Community Election

Posted By Penny Murray, Friday, August 31, 2018

Announcement to A4L AU Community membership

AU-ElectionsThe Access 4 Learning (A4L) AU Community has had some wonderful leadership and guidance from their SIF AU Management Board (SIFAAMB) and the Data Standards Working Group (DSWG – Technical Board) to ensure a successful 2018. We would like to thank them for their involvement throughout the year.

The time has come to start preparing for the 2018-2019 elections. Nominations for SIFAAMB and the DSWG will be open from 1 October – 22 October 2018 (inclusive).

SIFAAMB members are elected for overlapping two-year terms.  This year there will be two (2) vendor seats open to election.  To be eligible to run for SIFAAMB, the individuals shall be an A4L AU Community Voting Vendor Participant or employed by or representing an A4L AU Community Voting Vendor Participant and duly authorized to represent that A4L AU Community Voting Vendor Participant. 

The Data Standards Working Group members (Technical Board) are elected for a one-year term.  There are seven (7) seats open for the Data Standards Working Group vendor members.  Members must be A4L Community Voting Vendor Participant or employed by or represent an A4L Community Voting Vendor Participant and duly authorized to represent that A4L Community Voting Vendor Participant.

The dates for the 2018-2019 A4L AU Community Annual Election process are:

·        1 October 2018: Announcement to membership that elections will occur

·        1 October 2018: Nominations open

·        22 October 2018: Nominations close

·        25 October 2018: Voting for SIFAAMB / DSWG Vendor Members (by vendor members) opens

·        12 November 2018: Voting for SIFAAMB / DSWG Vendor Members closes at 5pm (EST)

·        13 November 2018: Election outcomes ratified by Chair and A4L, Announcement made

·        14 November 2018: NSIP A4L Community Day & Annual Meeting held in Melbourne

Any queries regarding the elections policies & procedures, please contact Larry Fruth.

Tags:  2018  2019  Australia  Community  elections 

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EduTECH 2018: Overview

Posted By Penny Murray, Thursday, June 28, 2018

EduTECH2018logoEduTECH 2018: Overview


NSIP recently exhibited at the EduTECH conference held in Sydney on the 7th – 8th June, 2018.

Two key works NSIP promoted at the conference were:

  1. An updated on Learning Services Architecture Roadmap.  The roadmap outlines the use case roll-out priorities for all the states, territories and non-government schools. Further information can be found here
  2. The Contract for Australian Privacy in Education (CAPE). Further information on CAPE will be published in summer issue of the A4L Newsletter.


This year the NSIP Interoperability Challenge presentations were held on the main exhibition stage of the exhibition hall. The theme of the challenge was personalized learning through learner centric data management. The successful applicants were given five minutes to share how the use of their products would make reliable, consistent data available under the Learning Services Architecture, how their system will support learner-centric data management  and what school or student level improvements their products could achieve through the use of that data. The successful presentations are available here


NSIP also held their annual vendors forum breakfast where the agenda topics covered were:

  • The Learning Services Architecture Update
  • the Australian Government Department of Education and Training’s Schools Automated B2B Data Transfer Project designed to streamline the collection of national data collections
  • NSIP’s work on privacy and trust, including a standardised privacy agreement and the development of options for automating privacy obligations
  • Standardisation of NAPLAN registration and results data



Tags:  2018  Australia  EduTECH  NSIP 

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Privacy News

Posted By Penny Murray, Friday, September 22, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Privacy news

In Australia, the desirability and feasibility of a standardised approach to privacy management has been highlighted during the implementation of jurisdictional data hubs modelled on the Learning Services Architecture (refer here). In these implementations school authorities engage third party providers to exchange data according to Australia-wide agreed use cases and using agreed standards. Standardised contracting as part of the IT procurement process is a natural extension of this approach and offers benefits to both schools and suppliers in terms of efficiency, transparency and risk management.

SDPCThe A4L Community and NSIP are undertaking work on several fronts to assist in managing data privacy. This includes the development of a Privacy Framework linked to the SIF Data Model Specification (Australia), SIF based privacy filters and involvement in the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC). The SDPC is a non-profit organisation which was established in mid-2016 under sponsorship of the A4L Community and includes as members schools, school districts, regional and state agencies, policy makers, trade organizations and marketplace providers. Details can be found here.

The SDPC has developed a standardised contract and toolset which has enabled the simplified selection and implementation of education ICT applications and reduced the legal and administrative burden on schools and school districts. The SDPC’s work to date has focussed on developing a reusable privacy “Contract Framework” to streamline the engagement of vendors by schools and districts.

Following presentations to Australian stakeholders on the SDPC requests have been received from the Australian States of Queensland and Victoria for assistance in establishing a baseline contract for Australian privacy in education (CAPE). Interest has also been expressed by other jurisdictions. Government and Non-Government sectors and vendors are all expected to benefit as the baseline contracts are established over the coming months.

Stay tuned to the A4L website, newsletter and privacy group for more privacy news.

Tags:  2017  Australia  privacy  SDPC 

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2017 AU elections

Posted By Penny Murray, Thursday, September 21, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

2017 AU Elections

Elections for the A4L Community AU Management Board (SIFAAMB) and the AU Technical Board / Data Standards Working Group (DSWG) will be commencing on the 9th October. Two of the four vendor representative positions will be up for election on SIFAAMB and all the positions on the DSWG are up for election.

Members of the Australian Community will receive an email with information on how the elections will run and how they can become involved.

The election timeline is:

 Date  Election Timeline
 9 Oct  Election materials distributed to A4L Community AU Vendor Members
 9 Oct  SIFAAMB / DSWG Vendor Member nominations open
 31 Oct  SIFAAMB / DSWG Vendor Member nominations close at 5pm (EST)
 2 Nov  Voting for SIFAAMB / DSWG Vendor Members (by vendor members) opens
 15 Nov  Voting for SIFAAMB / DSWG Vendor Members close at 5pm (EST)
 20 Nov  Election outcomes ratified by Chair and A4L Community announcement made
 Dec - tbc  NSIP A4L Community Day & Annual Meeting held in Melbourne


Any questions regarding the election timeline, please contact NSIP.

Tags:  2017  Australia  elections 

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SIF AU Data model for Assessment Workshop: Overview

Posted By Penny Murray, Thursday, September 14, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

SIFSpecificationSIF AU Data model for Assessment Workshop: Overview

A group of assessment vendors, school system authority representatives from around Australia and New Zealand met at the NSIP offices in Melbourne for two days (12-13 September) to collaboratively define and explore use cases and develop a draft data model to support the exchange of assessment between systems and organisations for a range of assessment related activities. 

The workshop, which builds on initial investigations in 2016, was characterised by spirited, productive discussions and freely given expertise. It is expected that draft objects will be available for discussion on the NSIP Github site in the coming weeks.

A copy of the slide presentation can be found here.

Tags:  2017  assessment  Specification  workshop 

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Call for Volunteers

Posted By Penny Murray, Thursday, August 31, 2017
Updated: Thursday, August 31, 2017

Call for Volunteers

Now the kids are on the way back (or already are back) to school, there are a number of groups looking for additional volunteers to kick-start the new term - could you help? If you are interested in any of the following groups, please go to the group page and 'Join Group' or contact Penny Murray:


  • Marketing: The initial focus for this group will be on ensuring that the Vendor Marketplace (more info) is providing the correct level of value-add for membership. In addition, this group will be looking at several marketing strategies and collateral pieces being prepared for publication. We anticipate calls will start mid-September, so register your interest and join the group today:
  • Data Privacy: This group is currently focussing on 'implementing privacy controls'. Interested? Then join this group today:
  • Identity: Anyone interested in Identity Management should contact us to get involved!
  • Infrastructure: We are always looking for additional international Community Members to add to this group, ensuring that the Infrastructure Specification stays firmly positioned for the global marketplace. Join the group today:


These groups are slightly different from our traditional 'working groups'. Network groups are less formal and endeavour to bring together like minded people for a wider discussion and network opportunities across Communities.

  • Open Source Developers: Interested in Open Source? This group is currently looking at the CEDS NDS Adaptor, but will be moving onto wider topics shortly. Join this group today:
  • End Users Data Integration: We all have to find the best way to integrate data between applications, whether we are using a SIF interface or other. This is the place to contact other data integrators, whether you work for a school district or support on as a consultant or product vendor. The purpose of the group is to share expertise with integration products. We want this to be a product-agnostic site – product vendors are our best integrators; share your tips and tricks, but please don’t advertise on the site. To get involved:
  • Open Strategic Collaboration: The Open Strategic Collaboration Network has been established to provide a forum for A4L Community Members to discuss external standards and consider their inclusion in the SIF Specification. This group is open to all members of the global A4L Community. Join the conversation here:

For more information on how to join a group, please go to:

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