The Schools Interoperability Framework, Systems Interoperability Framework (UK), or SIF, is a data sharing open specification for academic institutions from kindergarten through twelfth grade (K-12). Until recently, it has been used primarily in the United States alone; however, it is increasingly being implemented in Australia, the UK, India and elsewhere.
The specification is composed of two parts: an XML specification for modeling educational data, and a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) specification for sharing that data between institutions.
SIF is not a product, but an industry initiative that enables diverse applications to interact and share data. As of March 2007, SIF is estimated to have been used in more than 48 states and 6 countries, supporting five million students.
The specification is actively maintained by its specification body, the Schools Interoperability Framework Association.
... The Schools Interoperability Framework Association, or SIFA, is a not-for-profit corporation ... sometimes collectively known as the Schools Interoperability Framework ... includes more than 300 members as of 2007, including government agencies, school districts, public advocacy organization and vendors of Schools ...
... and implementing 2.x agents, and states, districts, and schools start adopting them ... the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) fully thus providing states, districts, schools and vendors with "CEDS-On-The_Wire" ...
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