The ASAE Data Standards Task Force announced the release of a draft standard for expressing constituent records in XML. This standard will serve as a core for expanding into other data representations.
This first set of standards is absolutely critical for establishing industry-wide standards that all of the AMS vendors and other technology partners can adhere to. These standards will go a long way to making integrations from AMS packages to websites to other third-party services (think job banks, online registration, and grass roots).
So go to http://www.asaecenter.org/datastandardsreview and review the standards, and provide ASAE with feedback.
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