EduERP Alliance

EduERP & OneRoster Alliance

IMS Alliances are for the purpose of ensuring interoperability in practice and keeping implementing organizations current on the evolution of a specific set of IMS standards. Alliances were established at the request of the IMS members. IMS members wanted support to make reliable interoperability a reality and wanted to avoid the need for every implementing organization to reinvest in the tools, processes, and interactions to integrate with every platform. In the Alliance, IMS provides this support at a fraction of the cost and, most importantly, steps in on an ongoing basis to resolve issues that arise.

Under the Alliances, IMS provides extensive support to implement conformant products. When testing is completed, IMS issues a conformance certification mark that IMS stands behind. What this means is that IMS will get involved directly in any issues that arise and work across organizations to resolve. 

Joining in the Alliance and working through the process in the only way to achieve official IMS conformance. Conformance seals are only issued to and maintained with current IMS Alliance, Affiliate, and Contributing Members. IMS does this in order to deliver on interoperability in practice on an ongoing basis. This benefits large and small organizations alike in creating and maintaining a vital, innovative, and open marketplace for educational technology products! 

LIS - the information architecture for learningThe Information Architecture for Learning

The aim of the Learning Information Services (LIS) specification is to enable learning application interoperability. The key objectives are to enable the management and manipulation of:

  • Information about People - to provide data exchange about people who are participating in learning;
  • The enrollment of People on Courses - to control the exchange of information for people attending courses;
  • Organizational structures - to control the exchange of information for people attending courses;
  • Course structure information - to provide data exchange for information about taught courses;
  • Grade-book information - to provide data exchange for outcomes information;
  • Batch processing - to provide initialization and synchronization transfer of very large amounts of data.
OneRoster® is designed to be a subset of the full Learning Information Services standard that focuses on a school's needs to exchange roster information and grades. The standard includes both SOAP and REST-based bindings make it quicker and easier to implement the exchange of information about people, membership, courses, and outcomes. In addition to the standard, we have included a format for CSV files that are typically exchanged between the school and the vendor to populate the roster information needed to gain access to learning tools, portals, and learning environments. 

EduERP Alliance Activities

The EduERP Alliance has been created as a high-value community for product and service developers wanting to be compliant with OneRoster and Learning Information Services standards. The Alliance delivers selected services to the public, but further services are available to subscribed participants with the annual subscription fee varying according to the size and nature of the organization.

Benefits of Alliance Membership

  • Ability to apply for OneRoster and Learning Information Services conformance certification.
  • Promotion of compliant products and services in the online product and services catalog for organizations that join and maintain membership in the Alliance.
  • Use of an approved product mark for appropriately tested products in accordance with IMS guidelines.
  • OneRoster and Learning Information Services news updates.
  • Listing of support on the IMS web site.
  • Ability to use relevant IMS trademarked terms on your web site and marketing materials with prior approval from and in accordance with IMS guidelines.
  • Notifications of new test cases and changes.
  • Opportunity to participate in EduERP Alliance presence at conferences and exhibitions.
  • Discounted registration fees for the Learning Impact Leadership Institute Conference.
  • Online support for end-user organizations in including requirements for open standards in writing RFPs, tenders, and procurements.
  • Technical support for end-user organizations implementing standards from IMS staff and other IMS members via online forums.
  • Online support to resolve integration and interoperability problems encountered with compliant products.
  • Receipt of the IMS Members Dispatch, a members-only monthly newsletter.

Join the EduERP Alliance

Join the EduERP Alliance and begin taking advantage of the benefits described above. Sign up now online

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Benefits of Certification


  • Buyers trust IMS as the neutral arbiter of truly interoperable products and content 
  • IMS certification designates passing a set of tests that will guarantee interoperability across the widest range of integrations - across a growing range of  100s of certified products
  • Certification requires extensive testing and is much better than claims of “compliance"
  • The IMS Certification process connects your organization to an community of technical resources making implentation of the standard easier
  • IMS certificaton provides a specific registraton number for a product to be used in responses to requests for proposals 
  • IMS certified products are backed by IMS technical support to troubleshoot any technical issues that may occur 
  • Organization achieving IMS certificaton can use the IMS certification logo in product and general marketing 
  • The IMS certification Alliance community provides continuous updates and involvement in the evolution of the standard and conformance testing 
  • Certification is included as a benefit of IMS membership: any number of products can be certified at no additional cost for each Alliance category or all categories for Affiliate or Contributing Members of IMS 
  • The IMS web site provides high traffic marketing exposure as the authoritative source for IMS certified products