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SIF Data Model Implementation Specification
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The SIF Data Model Implementation Specification leverages the global Specification with a custom data set for the each local community.  The Specification includes:
  • XML defines common data formats and rules of interaction and architecture.
  • Event Reporting is a Publish/Subscribe Model.
  • Events are published/reported by each application and are received by other applications that have subscribed to them.
  • Data Provision is a Request/Response Model.
  • An application agent may register itself with the ZIS as a provider of certain data objects. This allows the ZIS to satisfy a query request from an agent to locate the provider of a data object. The ZIS acts as the intermediary, forwarding the request to the agent, receiving the response, and then forwarding the response back to the original requester.



Australia        North America        United Kingdom


 Messages are securely encrypted using HTTPS.

  • HTTPS is the most commonly used secure method of exchanging data among web browsers.
  • Agents are authenticated by the ZIS before messages are passed.
  • Message processing includes message validation and message identification.
  • Guaranteed message delivery.
By using the SIF Implementation Specification in administrative and instructional educational products, you will:
  • Enhance product functionality efficiently
  • Facilitate data sharing without incurring expensive customer development costs
  • Leverage co-marketing opportunities with partners and distributors provide best of breed solutions to customers easily and seamlessly
  • Join industry leaders in creating the next generation framework for education technology


Specification Development

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Customizable versions of the template documents can be found in each locale Specification Development pages.
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
SIF Standards: Technical Handbook PDF (391.36 KB) Administration 6/25/2019
Specification-Infrastructure-Development-Processes PDF (383.4 KB) Administration 2/22/2017
Specification-DataModel-Development-Processes PDF (535.24 KB) Administration 2/22/2017
Specification DM Dev Process - NA Appendices 2017 PDF (83.79 KB) Administration 2/21/2017
SIF Data Model v3 - User Guide PDF (444.01 KB) Administration 2/21/2017
SIF NA Data Model Usage Guide PDF (473.86 KB) Administration 3/30/2017
TEMPLATE - Data Model Extension Proposal PDF (349.48 KB) Administration 2/21/2017
TEMPLATE - Infrastructure Extension Proposal PDF (350 KB) Administration 2/21/2017
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  • Phone: +1.202.621.0547