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CETIS launches Enterprise SIG

For Immediate Release

Bangor, Wales, 12 March 2003 - the CETIS project is starting a new Special Interest Group (SIG) for everyone interested in implementing or learning more about IMS Enterprise and related specifications.

So far, the CETIS Learner Information Profile SIG also had Enterprise in its remit, but rapid developments in both the IMS Learner Information Profile (LIP) and Enterprise areas mean that both specs need their own groups.

Specifically, the CETIS LIP SIG's work on an IMS LIP compliant version of the UK Learner Profile looks set to take off in a major way, following the lifelong learning recommendations in the UK Department for Education and Skills' Dearing Report and Further / Higher Education White paper.

At the same time, IMS Enterprise, as one of the earliest IMS specifications, has had considerable uptake in UK colleges and universities. It is used to store and exchange student record data between systems like Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs), library systems, Management Information Systems (MIS) and dedicated student record systems. Two major JISC projects, SHELL in South West England and NIIMLE in Northern Ireland are looking at extending enterprise integration beyond the one institution, into a range of colleges and universities in a particular region.

The fit between Enterprise and LIP is one issue that will be discussed on the official launch of the new Enterprise SIG in Salford on Friday, March 14th 2003. Other discussion topics will include Implementing Enterprise. There will also be presentations by experts on the Enterprise specification itself and on implementing it in tools.

A full agenda and other details for the launch event are available at

The new Enterprise SIG already has a web presence at

About CETIS:

CETIS represents UK Higher and Further Education on international educational standards initiatives including:

  • The IMS Global Learning Consortium, developing specifications for learning technology interoperability including metadata, content management, enterprise systems, learner information and profiling, accessibility, question and tests. IMS is based in the USA and includes many major IT companies, publishers, universities and government agencies.
  • PROMETEUS, a European Commission initiative to gather requirements for learning technology standards and involving a large number of signatories to a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in this effort.
  • CEN/ISSS, a European standardisation body mandated to develop a work programme for learning technology standards development.
  • IEEE, the international standards body now with a sub committee for learning technology
  • ISO, the International Standards Organisation, now addressing learning technology standards
CETIS advises Universities and Colleges on the strategic, technical and pedagogic implications of educational technology standards, including the Further Education Managed Learning Environment Programme.

CETIS manages UK Implementation groups examining IMS specifications, including:
  • metadata
  • content management
  • question and test
  • enterprise
  • and learner information.
CETIS disseminates information on learning technology standards via:
  • Workshops
  • Conferences
  • Publications
  • Forums
CETIS is funded by JISC, the Joint Information Systems Committee of the Higher and Further Education Funding Councils, and is managed by Bolton Institute, in partnership with the Open University and the University of Wales, Bangor.

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