Open Education API: the open standard for sharing education data From a development technique to a foundation for data exchange, the Application Programming Interface (API) has solidified its position in the enterprise ecosystem. Nowadays it is a common practice utilizing APIs to monetize, reuse and share data and extend the reach of existing services. Still, educational data is mostly stuck in silos, fostered by educational software that makes it cumbersome at best to move data in and out of systems. The solution? The Open Education API, a SURFnet initiative to create a standardized API for sharing educational data. APIs offer a way to unbolt the value of the institutional educational data and make data accessible. Open APIs foster interoperability and create an ecosystem of technology, of developers, of users. The Open Education API was developed by SURFnet in collaboration with various higher education institutions and is set to become the new standard in educational data access.