ERIC Number: ED224499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: 0
A Report to the Florida Legislature on Developing a Florida Information Resource Network (FIRN).
Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee.
In response to a legislative proviso, this project report presents an introductory development plan for the Florida Information Resource Network (FIRN), which is designed to connect Florida's public schools, school districts, Department of Education (DOE), and Legislature as part of a statewide online interactive educational data retrieval and reporting system. Major sections of the report discuss legislative and DOE activities related to FIRN, current and future levels of functional computing capability in Florida's educational system, and 5-phase FIRN implementation program, and FIRN's anticipated costs. The timing of implementation phases; advisory, policy and staff considerations; security and privacy issues; and proposed methods of evaluation are briefly described. A technical summary of hardware, software, and system configurations in different FIRN implementation stages is provided. Appendices contain diagrams of the management information system model used by Florida's educational information community, and the hierarchy of that community; a list of current computing capabilities of the individual Florida school districts; a draft data element dictionary for FIRN including student, program, staff, and finance elements; and two documents related to available computer network technology and DOE approval of school district data collection activities. A list of FIRN benefits and a glossary are included. (ESR)
Descriptors: Charts, Computers, Data Collection, Databases, Diagrams, Elementary Secondary Education, Government School Relationship, Information Networks, Management Information Systems, Online Systems, Program Development, Public Schools, Recordkeeping, School Districts, State Aid, State Departments of Education, State Programs, Telecommunications
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee.
Identifiers: Computer Networks; Education Data Elements Dictionary; Florida Information Resource Network