Interoperability standards add value by capturing agreements and models that can be referenced by many parties. Implementations of a standard vary according to the requirements of the applications and organisations involved. The SIF Association has recognised this need and ensures that its standard constantly evolves to meet current and future needs.
Three important areas of progress in SIF and its supported implementation models are:
- Separation of the Data Model and the Transport Model allowing for different combinations of these two areas of the standard;
- Creation of a specific Australian Data Model that meets local needs whilst leveraging global developments; and
- SIF 3.0, which provides a REST transport mechanism to allow a SIF data model to be used over a REST infrastructure wire.
These developments mean that SIF can now closely support the integration of externally provided (cloud based) services with local student information and other information management systems. And it can provide a simple return path for data like assessment and attendance from an external application back to core school systems.
Examples of how this progress supports different implementations of SIF is shown in the table below: