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Editure backs new Australian standard for uniform and unified school data

Editure, the education services and technology company, has welcomed the release of a new standard which, when adopted by vendors, will help schools, teachers and education authorities to share data across the various applications that run within schools and the education authority.
  • 04 May, 2009 12:26

<p>Melbourne, 4th May 2009 – Editure, the education services and technology company, has welcomed the release of a new standard which, when adopted by vendors, will help schools, teachers and education authorities to share data across the various applications that run within schools and the education authority.</p>
<p>“Although this sounds like a dry technical initiative, the implications for schools are much more exciting” said Peter Evans, General Manager of Editure’s Education Technology Division. “At the moment, information about a student might reside on several systems, each with their own application and database. Some systems are in the school and others are run by the education authority. One system might be responsible for attendance records, another for storing classroom assignments, another exam results and so on. Typically, this information can not be shared between the systems, and it was probably manually entered several times.”</p>
<p>This lack of ‘interoperability’ is an impediment to a number of trends in education, says Evans. “Stakeholders are demanding greater transparency in education. Schools and local authorities want to make available more information to parents via the web to improve service and reduce administration costs. Governments want to be able to collect data to analyse performance of schools and publish the data. Everyone wants to cut the cost of maintaining IT systems and no one wants to be locked into proprietary technology that might become redundant. And systems need to be properly secured with authentication processes.”</p>
<p>The new standard, Systems Interoperability Framework (SIF) specification AU version 1.0, will allow data to be shared between systems by creating a uniform format for the data. Editure is a leading industry participant in the consultation processes held by the SIF Association to refine the standards and set up the SIF AU body.</p>
<p>“Once data is unified the possibilities are endless” said Evans. “It becomes relatively straightforward to allow students, teachers and browsers to securely log-in once to a webpage and, subject to appropriate clearance, access a broad range of information and undertake tasks online. It will allow new innovations like an all purpose swipe card that can be used to check out library books, to pay for canteen and school meals, and log-in on computer systems to review their e-portfolio of work, upcoming assignments and recent marks.”</p>
<p>The standards were prepared by The SIF Association AU, which is backed by Federal and State education departments and by many Australian-based vendors. The standards are compatible with similar US and UK standards, allowing for some local variations to suit Australian educational needs and structures.</p>
<p>About Editure</p>
<p>Editure, headquartered in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, is a leading education services and technology organisation delivering teaching and learning solutions to the global K-12 sector. Editure provides professional development programs for teachers and virtual learning environment software to schools around the world. With over four million users in almost 10,000 schools and across five continents, Editure is becoming a recognised leader in assisting improved learning outcomes of children worldwide.</p>
<p>To learn more about AUSSIE’s and Editure’s services, visit www.aussiepd.com and www.editure.com</p>
<p>About SIF</p>
<p>The SIF Implementation Specification is an open standard to provide interoperability. It has arisen from a considerable amount of collaborative work and has been operational in the USA for many years. In Australia SIF AU is utilising that combined learning and building a localised data set to meet our specific needs.</p>
<p>The SIF Association AU is bringing the SIF to Australia, and will leverage what has been developed and learnt and apply it in an Australian way, in collaboration with Australian Education systems and Australian Software vendors.</p>
<p>The initial Australian data set (v1.0r1) was released at the end of Q1 2009 as a release candidate one. This data set is put forward to be improved by vendors and educational jurisdictions of Australia. These improvements will form the basis for the next release (v1.0r2) version one release candidate 2 around start of Q3 2009. This release will only be used in pilot programs and testing, no certification process will be available. By the start of Q4 2009 the full release version one (v1.0) will be made, against which a certification program will become available.</p>
<p>See www.sifassociation.org/au/index.asp</p>
<p>Media enquiries
Kevin Fitzsimons, The De Wintern Group,
T. +61 3 9428 7588
M. +61 407 318 396
kevin@dewintern.com</p>

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