I'd appreciate your clearing a couple of issues up for me. The OpenSIF project evidently died.
How much headway did they make is implementing the standard?
How much headway has SIIA made? What authority or backing exists for their standard?
I'm concerned about SIIA having control over anything, especially compliance with a standard.
If I can have them go away and replace their standard with the Z39.50 how would the schools accept that?
Enough momentum exists right now for funding Open Source solutions that we can possibly recall SIIA.
What kind of hurdles do we face?
Hi Tom,The only question I see with regard to the database in schools deals with security. XML and OpenSSL creates a tunnel. Also, with regard to simultaneous connections, I would want a Certificate of Authority (CA) styled after the Globus Grid.I would assume that the connection would be HTTPS (provided by Apache and SSL) to ensure a secure channel for XML exchange. This is what I am developing for, since it is quite easily done with the perl LWP module.I start to wonder if we'll see US Federal standards required at the school level as we're starting to see at the State and Local Government level. The NCLBA has already demanded a uniform reporting standard. How will states roll-up their testing results from districts with disparate database vocabularies? This evolving digital convergence doesn't seem to be going backwards. IMHO, DC has progressed faster than someone of us thought. Simple queries and reports in plain text may soon become obsolete.Yes, they'll become obsolete, replaced by an XML format backed by schema. XML is the new "plain text".Maybe, I'm getting ahead of myself but as students get access to computers in schools, how do we know they won't hack the main databases? Or have someone hack them on their behalf?By building secure servers with minimal services which only connect to certain databases, only run on a secure VPN channel between LANs, etc. The sky is the limit, depending only on your paranoia level and size of bank account. IMO, paranoia is good. As part of any server deployment, disaster recovery plans should be in place. Les Richardson Open Admin for Schools