PESC is very pleased to include, as part of its family of PESC Services, the new Common Data Services (CDS) Task Force, which will focus on its first project EDexchange: the establishment of an open, data exchange network for the education community. Leaders within the California Community College System have requested this community development and service through PESC and have submitted a formal Letter of Intent.
"Any provider using these standards and registered in the service network could communicate directly with the appropriate exchange host for a targeted institution," states Tim Calhoon, Director of the Technology Center for the California Community Colleges. "The services would be 'payload agnostic' and while our immediate interest is for transcript exchange, the network could be used for the exchange of other existing or future PESC standard transactions." Mr. Calhoon, who will also serve as Co-Chair of the new CDS Task Force, continued.
As the technological landscape has evolved significantly over the years, web services standards are now available to enable automated directory lookup and efficient machine-to-machine communication in a highly secure transmission environment. The Task Force looks to maximize the use of this new technology to meet the emerging needs of schools, institutions, states and other service provider organizations to exchange student records, accounts and educational data.
The mission as agreed to by the Task Force:
The mission of the PESC Common Data Services taskforce is to improve security, reliability, efficiency and speed in the transfer of all educational data types by developing an open web services network and associated standards to benefit the education of students, streamline processes for institutions, and facilitate the advancement of services offered for education. (12.2011)