Education, Skills and Children’s Services: Interoperability Review

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I have read and digested this, re-read and re-digested… My initial thoughts are that, while the overall premise is absolutely correct in terms of the potential savings that an open interoperability standard can deliver across the sector, it doesn’t seem to present any logic in the suggested dismissal of SIF as a strong contender for development to meet the requirements.

I agree that SIF does have some shortcomings at present, but these are clearly recognised by the community and the will and swell of collaborative activity between schools, LAs, RBCs, Government departments and very importantly, suppliers, is without doubt there! The community approach, of which I have been a part since mid 2007, is an extremely refreshing and productive one. Indeed, it is the only approach that I can see being plausible in the development of a truly open standard. Just look at the make-up of the W3C and that clearly works!

The work of the http://www.escs-isb.org.uk/ is critical and there is no reason why the SIF standard cannot mature to deliver on the business and data standards set out.

The report provides examples of the current weaknesses in the SIF standard, but does not mention any of the positive aspects – aspects that I can clearly evidence as already delivering tangible and intangible benefits in terms of efficiencies and education. 14 to 19 is not excluded here either!

Finally, for now, the report fails to mention any alternative standard with which to ether compare or build upon.

Have a look at the following link for the full story and in the meantime, I will digest some more 😉

http://publications.education.gov.uk/default.aspx?PageFunction=productdetails&PageMode=publications&ProductId=DFE-00523-2010&

2 Responses to Education, Skills and Children’s Services: Interoperability Review

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  • Michael says:

    One further point is that SIF, whilst originating in the States some years back, has been adopted by a number of countries: Europe, including the UK, Australia and Canada. A global standard is far more likely to be taken up by suppliers working in a global education market.

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