The strength of the Ed-Fi ODS and API, paired with Certica’s proven data management technology and experience, is enabling us to launch a fully productized application interoperability platform.
Wakefield, MA (PRWEB)
August 01, 2017
Certica Solutions (Certica), provider of the Certica Connect™ edtech platform-as-a-service (PaaS), today announced that the company will be offering school districts Data Connect™ – a fully hosted, managed and supported operational data store (ODS) to support real-time data integration and application interoperability.
Data Connect, a platform service within Certica Connect, will be based on the Ed-Fi suite of open-source technology, which includes a comprehensive education data model; a persistent ODS which centralizes data from district applications; and an API which enables bi-directional movement of data between API-integrated applications and the ODS. Ed-Fi is developed, supported and made available to the education sector by the Ed-Fi Alliance, a subsidiary of the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.
While the uptake of the Ed-Fi data standard and technology is widespread amongst state education agencies, a much smaller proportion of school districts have so far benefited from Ed-Fi, mainly owing to the costs associated with a custom implementation. Certica’s aim is to remove the barriers to adoption faced by school districts, by delivering a turnkey, hosted product that includes easy-to-use environment management tools, secure hosting, district and vendor support, for an all-inclusive annual per-student subscription fee.
Data Connect will feature a unique management console which will enable school districts to control their entire data integration and application interoperability environment. The console will allow district stakeholders to inventory, categorize and manage authorizations for application connections to the centralized ODS; track and provide visibility to data privacy and security policies; and request integrations from application vendors to provide native support for the Ed-Fi API. The console will enable vendors to manage authorized application connections with their customers’ ODS via the Ed-Fi API; test native Ed-Fi API integrations from their applications; and view and fulfill integration requests…