As districts rely less on isolated K12 data and more on digital delivery for academic and business needs, chief technology officers have a greater need for interoperability standards that allow them to assemble multiple, cloud-based tools and services into one, according to CoSN's Interoperability Standards for K-12 Education primer. Under the leadership of John Alawned, technology director at the Austin (Texas) Independent School District, CoSN's technical committee created the primer so that educators, particularly CTOs, could better understand the overall issues around interoperability in K12, says Keith Krueger, CoSN's CEO. This primer is an updated version of CoSN's first primer, released a few years ago.
According to the updated primer, among many important points of interoperability is having connectivity standards to help transfer data between various platforms. Third-party database connectivity products can facilitate data connectivity between all components of a data system. And within third-party solutions, IT managers should consider some factors before selecting a vendor including technical support, such as through email and Web; and vendor success.
The primer also includes information about interoperability standards and gives examples of interoperability solutions in districts. Download the executive summary for more information. http://www.cosn.org/Portals/7/docs/compendium/2011/2011_Comp_ExecSum_Interop.pdf