While we do everything we can to make sure you are delighted with us, we also know that being “stuck” with a specific vendor for any part of your ecosystem isn’t what’s best for schools, or for kids. In order to stay true to our mission, we have committed to using open standards whenever possible, furthering the work of open standards organizations and helping software developers bridge the gap between their current tools and open standards for data exchange.
Our commitment to open standards includes staying up to date on all the various education data standards so we can support implementation of the most useful standard to meet your needs. Whether that’s SIF, Ed-Fi, OneRoster, CEDS, LTI, or PESC... we know the standards inside and out and can help you plan a project that will ensure the best use of the right set of standards to ensure long-term success and business continuity.
Cedar Labs also actively participates in the ongoing development of standards, devoting resources to standards community projects and to helping lead standards organizations. We currently serve on the management and technical leadership boards of Access for Learning (A4L), the organization that governs the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) standard and the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC).
Similarly, we are leading the effort to further the SIF standard to support grades passback, and supporting the work of the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) to establish a shared set of privacy objects. We also participate regularly in the Ed-Fi community, and implemented a first-of-a-kind project translating data in real time between SIF and Ed-Fi.
Because of our commitment to standards, combined with our “meet them where they are” approach, we’ve helped vendors and software developers move from clunky, expensive, and insecure (think CSV full-data file exchanges) to seamless, efficient, and secure (with deltas-only RESTful standards-based APIs). This approach improves the security and stability of your entire ecosystem by promoting best practices across all its participants. We talk the talk and walk the walk.