The Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) is an unique collaborative of schools, districts, regional, territories and state agencies, policy makers, trade organizations and marketplace providers addressing real-world, adaptable, and implementable solutions to growing data privacy concerns. The Consortium also leverages work done by numerous partner organizations but focuses on issues being faced by “on-the-ground” practitioners.
As highlighted in the recent A4L-SDPC Quarterly Newsletter (December 2021), throughout the past few months the A4L Community has proactively sought input on how to best serve members and better leverage our resources.
Based on results from a survey sent to all members earlier this year, as well as a deeper dive conducted by our contracted marketing firm through one-to-one interviews, we are pleased to announce a number of changes will be implemented during first quarter 2022 and beyond.
As a result, the Board recently approved the following:
> Combining both interoperability (A4L) and privacy work (SDPC) vs. splitting our energy and resources. As part of refocusing our efforts and offering one, collective Community, members will have the flexibility of choosing a membership level that best meets their needs.
> Reducing the amount of complimentary support we offer non-members; by providing free accessibility, we actively dissuade more vendors and end-users from becoming members.
The first of several changes being made is set to occur January 1: implementing a new membership structure.
For some members, dues will decrease – such as if they hold dual memberships for both A4L and SDPC. For others, dues may increase – for instance, if they choose value-added subscription services for a premium membership. New membership levels and associated benefits for each are noted below.
While the new structure goes into effect January 1, 2022, membership dues will not increase until a member’s next renewal date. In continuing our renewal notifications 60 days in advance of membership expiration, those members who already have received their notice will remain on the current (2021) pricing structure.
Additional changes set to occur during first quarter 2022 include refreshing our brand, which will change the look of our materials, as well as updating our website so it’s more engaging and content easier to access.
Please watch for many more details in the coming weeks.
COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP LEVELS (2022 onwards)
|NON-MEMBER ACCESS||BASIC MEMBERSHIP||PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP|
Limited SDPC Resource Registry view & search –
|Access to openly developed interoperable, with privacy on the wire, technical Specification||X||X||X|
|Effective practices documentation support for application integration||X||X||X|
|Access to Vendor Marketplace information||X||X||X|
|Access to view SIF Certification Registry||X||X||X|
|Access to White papers||X||X||X|
Basic SDPC Resource Registry view & search –
|Application/Resource Registry Management||X||X|
|Organizational privacy workflow tool||X||X|
|Use of National Data Privacy Agreement (NDPA) and Badges||X||X|
|Use of National Research Data Privacy Agreement (NRDPA)||X||X|
|Developer Sandbox Access||X||X|
|Interoperability and Privacy Guidance||X||X|
|Access and networking opportunities to other global Community Members||X||X|
|Standards Use Case and Privacy Resource Library||X||X|
|Members Identified on Resource Registry Searches||X||X|
|Organization highlighted on Vendor Marketplace||X||X|
|Access to Community Site collaboration area||X||X|
|Be a part of Community Project Teams/deliverables – Developing technical standards, National Data Privacy Agreement, etc.||X||X|
|Access to Staff & Community expertise to resolve privacy and data exchange issues||X||X|
|Ability to run for leadership positions and an equal voice ‘at the table (no matter how large or small your organization)||X||X|
|Community Updates and Reminders subscription||X||X|
Advanced SDPC Resource Registry Functionality
|Premium Member Badge for use plus Premium Member recognition at all events||X|
|Host Marketplace providers ‘Showcase’ webinars||X|
|Access to SIF Test Harness for quality control support & testing||X|
|Unlimited API Management Testing||X|
|Complimentary Certification Program Utilization||X|
|15% off Community Meetings Registration Fees||X|
If you have any questions regarding the membership changes, please contact Penny Murray, Community Director, A4L Community.