On Nov. 1, the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) began managing the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) project. Sue Kamp, director of SIIA's Education Market Section, predicts the release of specification version 1.0 this spring and, potentially, SIF-compliant products on the market by early fall.

After review, applications that meet the SIF group's specifications can be marketed with a "SIF Compliant" logo. It's this logo you'll want to look for beginning this fall when you solicit bids for products and services. Until then, you can find a list of vendors that are participating in SIF on the group's...

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