SIF Association

This blog is run by the staff of the SIF (Schools/Systems Interoperability Framework) Association for the use of it's members and the general educational community.

It is specifically designed for those who are interested in understanding what SIF is about, where the standard is going and how Schools, Districts and State Educational Authorities will benefit.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

SIF and Web Services Part 1 - Background

With the anticipated release of SIF v2.5 in early 2011, the long sought after capability to write a SIF application as a pure web service, using a standard web service tool kit, will become a reality. 

The International SIF Association

The SIF Association is now truly international!  This year the Association has legally modified its non-profit organizational structure to help address the global interoperable needs in education – they are more similar than you think.  There is now an overarching international Association Board of Directors made up of representatives from leaders from the AU, UK and US Local Management Boards directing the local SIF community activities.  There also now is an International Technical Board supporting the global development and usage of the technical tools developed by all communities.  This new structure allows for global governance while still allowing for local control to address the unique needs within each community.  There are now Specifications developed in each community, certification programs supporting quality control for developers and purchasers and localized functional groups addressing locally identified needed functionality to better enable the identification, management, movement and usage of educational data.  For more information on the Association’s international activities visit:

Monday, March 14, 2011

SIF Universal State Data Profile

There has been an increasing and immediate need to define those data that are universally collected and utilized within state departments of education. The SIF Association is uniquely poised to bring together states, districts and vendors in a collaborative effort to define a Universal State Data Profile (USDP).