What is SIF?
The Systems Interoperability Framework SIF is a mature international standard used widely to link together education data systems. SIF is standard for interoperability between schools, local and national government organisations. Established in the US, it is currently being adapted and deployed for the UK education sector. SIF facilitates better management and accessibility of data inside the institution (‘horizontal reporting’) as well as between institutions and other interested parties, such as local authorities, children’s services and possibly government agencies (‘vertical reporting’).
Evidence from extensive use within the US and the UK suggests there are many advantages from these principles as they embody the key requirements of write once, use many times. SIF could, when appropriately configured, enable the transfer of data from educational establishments, almost in real time, to local authorities and onward to the DCSF, along with its agencies and of course from these diverse organisations back to the institution. In addition, potentially diverse applications within an institution (i.e. library system, cashless catering, etc) can be immediately populated with key information they require to operate effectively once the data has been entered, having a real impact on time and access to data.
Groupcall has been selected to provide SIF agents for the following major UK rollout programmes:
|Northern Ireland Schools|
|SWGfL (11 Authorities in the South West Grid for Learning)|
What is the SIF Association?
The SIF Association is a non-profit membership organisation whose memebres include schools, software suppliers, local authorities, regional broadband consortia and government organisations. These members have come together to create a set of rules and definitions which enable software programs from different companies to share information. This set of platform-independent, supplier-neutral rules and definitions is called the SIF Implementation Specification.
The SIF implementation Specification makes it possible for programs within a school or local authority to share data without any additional programming and without requiring each supplier to learn and support the intricacies of other supplier’s applications. The goal of the SIF Association is to make it possible for administrators, teaching staff and other personnel to have access to the most current and accurate data available.
Groupcall are full and active members of the SIF Association, and currently the only organisation able to provide an external SIF agent for SIMS.Net, Facility CMIS and Integris G2.
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