SIF – National Schools Interoperability Program

With the Ministry of Education’s DELTA workgroup now looking at Student Management Systems (and their data) again, I think it’s time to re-consider the internationally recognised SIF data exchange format (promoted in our region by Australia’s NSIP) so we can make best use of that SMS data for the other applications at schools.

Before the local SMS-LMS and IDE initiatives were created by the MoE some years ago, there was consideration given to SIF but it would have been very difficult to have implemented it “from scratch” in NZ.  Now, however, it could be a logical progression for the SMS vendors to add in, bearing in mind that they’ve had a lot of data transfer experience and the two Australian SMS products we see here (Synergetics and PCSchool) already support SIF anyway!

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