New industry association calls on government to support improvements in technical interoperability for school software

7th January 2008

A new industry group, the Suppliers Association for Learning Technology and Interoperability in Schools (SALTIS), is calling on the UK government to support work on better technical standards for interoperability.

SALTIS is being launched at BETT 2008 with 32 industry members and 9 non-commercial partners. It has been formed in response to concern in the industry at the current lack of technical interoperability for software in schools. The group has already started work to improve standards allowing the free movement of learning content, e-portfolios, and student records between different devices, applications and institutions.

At the launch of the new association, SALTIS' Chairman, Crispin Weston, will call for this work to be given unequivocal government support:

"Technical standards need to be sanctioned by government and implemented by industry - too many initiatives in the past have failed through lack of support from one side or the other. There is a strong industry consensus behind the SALTIS programme, which we hope will now also be supported by Becta and the DCSF. Working with other interested bodies, we can together develop the technical infrastructure that is urgently required to underpin flexible markets and the delivery of more effective learning technology to UK schools."

SALTIS will be launched at a press conference at 3 p.m. on Wednesday 9th January, on stand Q32 in the Grand Gallery of the Olympia Exhibition Centre, during BETT 2008.

Notes to editors

SALTIS is a working group of the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA).

For further information, see www.saltis.org or contact Crispin Weston on 07780811806 or at crispin.weston@alphalearning.co.uk.

Last updated: December 31, 2010