OSCON Keynote: inBloom Vision and Impact on Education

Up next was Sharren Bates from inBloom, a not for profit interoperability company that works with schools in the US. inBloom is getting in to open source to enable the sharing of data between all systems in schools – they’re not there yet – but they’re nearly there. This will get inBloom a lot of things (enthusiasm, expertise and more from community members) and it will let them share a lot of things (their knowledge of schools, education, etc).

I think this particular project is on that libraries need to make note of – especially open source library systems.


  1. Libraries and librarians ought to be very wary of the violations of privacy involved in inBloom — and the sharing of personal student data without parental consent.

  2. I’ll admit that I have not done all of my homework yet as I just got back from the conference, but my understanding was that inBloom offered a way to allow all of the tools in the school to communicate to each other and share info … not to share info widely (aka outside of the school system). The idea behind it being that schools are using multiple systems that all need the same data and the schools shouldn’t have to re-enter that data for each tool.

    If I’m wrong and there is literature that you have read that contradicts what I was thinking please do share it with me.

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