MappingEDU, ODS/API v2.1.1 and Ed-Fi Exchange reduce cost and complexity for community

October 13, 2016 – AUSTIN, Texas– Ed-Fi Alliance, LLC, dedicated to improving student achievement and teacher satisfaction by unlocking data, today announced the public release of MappingEDU, a powerful data mapping tool, enhancements to the Ed-Fi Operational Data Store (ODS) Application Programming Interface (API) and new community contributions to the Ed-Fi Exchange. All three components aim to make Ed-Fi Data Standard adoptions and implementations easy, seamless and successful.

“We believe the most effective way to positively impact K12 education is to drive adoption of the data standard. This is what is going to be a game-changer in how our nation’s teachers and administrators approach education and leverage technology,” said Troy Wheeler, president, Ed-Fi Alliance.  “In order to do this effectively we are constantly looking for ways to drive out cost and complexity from real-world implementations and migrations, which is why we are launching the MappingEDU tool, enhancing the ODS/API and promoting community contributions to the Ed-Fi Exchange.  These are critical tools that our community can begin using immediately in their work.”

MappingEDU is a web-based system designed to simplify data mapping, a common and time-consuming integration task. This is a powerful tool that will enable data analysts and technical staff to more quickly and effectively create mappings between data sources.

The Ed-Fi ODS/ API v2.1.1 provides a simpler, more cost-effective way of connecting and maintaining systems. Its puts the user in control of the data, enabling freedom to choose best of breed applications. In addition to a number of enhancements and bug fixes that improve stability and performance, the latest release introduces API Composite Resources. Composites can alleviate the need to make multiple API calls to receive common sets of data. The release provides two useful API Composites, one for enrollment data and another for assessment information.

Finally, the Ed-Fi Exchange is a technology hub for community contributions aligned to the Ed-Fi Data Standard. All members of the Ed-Fi Alliance community can contribute solutions to the Ed-Fi Exchange that may be downloaded by other Ed-Fi Licensees. Ed-Fi Exchange contributions may take the form of extensions to the Ed-Fi Data Standard, the Ed-Fi ODS and API, and Ed-Fi Dashboards in the form of plugins. In addition, conceptual documents such as technical white papers and implementation project overviews may be contributed to assist other licensees planning to leverage Ed-Fi technology. Recent contributions include:

The goal is to make the Ed-Fi Community greater by openly sharing innovations aligned to the Ed-Fi Data Standard.

“We are thrilled to launch the MappingEDU tool as a direct result of community feedback. This tool was only a concept a year ago and through the recommendations of our community we knew that there was a real need for this type of capabilities,” said Chris Moffatt, Technology Director, Ed-Fi Alliance. “Our goals with all three enhanced tools is to help our community grow and equip them with the technical resources they need to be successful.”

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About the Ed-Fi Alliance: Ed-Fi Alliance, LLC, is dedicated to empowering educators with real-time, actionable education data on every student in their classrooms, schools, districts or states. Ed-Fi technology consists of a blueprint for connecting data systems combined with practical tools designed in collaboration with educators and ed-tech professionals in the field. This community continually updates the components and features of the Ed-Fi solution, and the organization actively solicits feedback and input from licensees and education technology leaders to make sure its technology makes a real difference in improving student achievement and teacher satisfaction. The Ed-Fi Alliance is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and is headquartered in Austin, TX.