Established in 1997 at the National Center for Higher Education and headquartered in Washington, D.C., PESC is an international, 501 (c)(3) non-profit, community-based, umbrella association of data, software and education technology service providers; local, state/province and federal government agencies; schools, districts, colleges and universities; college, university and state systems; professional, commercial and non-profit organizations; and non-profit associations and foundations.
Through open and transparent community participation, PESC enables cost-effective connectivity between data systems to accelerate performance and service, to simplify data access and research, and to improve data quality along the Education lifecycle.
PESC envisions global interoperability within the Education domain, supported by a trustworthy, inter-connected network we call EdUnify - built by and between communities of interest in which data flows digitally and seamlessly from one community or system to another and throughout the entire eco-system when and where needed without compatibility barriers but in a safe, secure, reliable, legal, and efficient manner.
While PESC promotes the implementation and usage of data exchange standards, PESC does not set (create or establish) policies related to privacy and security. Organizations and entities using PESC Approved Standards and services should ensure they comply with FERPA and all local, state, federal and international rules on privacy and security as applicable. For more information, see www.PESC.org.
This document was prepared by PESC in celebration of its 10th Anniversary, celebrated at the Fall 2007 Data Summit in Montreal. The first 2 pages were written by PESC President & CEO Michael Sessa, while the next 3 pages were written by PESC's 1st Executive Director Betsy Bainbridge. The rest of the document consists of the original notes, agendas, and meeting artifacts leading up to and including the milestone meeting on August 17, 1997 that founded PESC.
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