Welcome to the OneRoster™/Learning Information Services Alliance

LIS - the information architecture for learningThe Information Architecture for Learning

The aim of the Learning Information Services (LIS) and OneRoster specifications are to enable learning application interoperability.

The key objectives of LIS are to enable the management and manipulation of:

  • Information about People - to provide data exchange about people who are participating in learning;
  • The enrolment 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.


The OneRoster™ standard is designed to be a subset of the full Learning Information Services standard that focuses on the Schools 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.


OneRoster/Learning Information Services Alliance Activities and Resources

The OneRoster/Learning Information Services Alliance has been created as a high value community for product and service developers wanting to be compliant with LIS.


OneRoster/Learning Information Services Resources and Conformance Test Suites– Offers tools to both implementers and users in adopting the LIS and OneRoster specifications.

OneRoster/Learning Information Services Alliance Forum -This is one of the primary interaction points between IMS staff and the IMS member community. Covered in these forums are topics that include support for Learning Information Services and conformance.

Members of the LIS Alliance will have early access to the K12 SIS Open Rosters Standard as well as the ability to apply for conformance certification to the standard.


Benefits of OneRoster/Learnng Information Services Alliance Membership

  • Attendance at testfest events.
  • OneRoster/LIS news updates and discussion forum.
  • Listing of support on IMS GLC web site.
  • Use of LIS Alliance logo on web and in literature.
  • Notifications of new tools.
  • Opportunity to participate in LIS Alliance presence at conferences and exhibitions.