Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

The "IF" in SIF

Tom Hoffman, eSchool News, Sept 24, 2005

I don't write a lot about the Schools Interoperability Framework, largely because of the issues mentioned in this column: it's large and unmanagable, it's nor particularly friendly to open source, and you need big expensive components like a SIF compatable student information system and library information system. Still, as the author notes, it actually has an installed base; "it is actually supported, at least nominally, by lots of vendors." So I am of much the same mind as the author here. "If other open source advocates can't get more concrete reassurance that it works, we're just going to spin our wheels."

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