Monday Jun 13, 2011

Sakai


It's on the road this week to LA for the Sakai Annual Conference. Sakai is many things: A community, a suite of open source software for teaching and learning with more than 350 academic institutions using it and a Foundation which manages it's direction and future. Oracle is a Commercial Affiliate Partner with Sakai also playing as a Reference Implementation for SAIP. This week's goal? Investigating the feasability of a Sakai H/W Appliance sized on SPARC/Solaris, tuned nicely to our fusion tech stack and delivered to the market via partners such as our good friends at Unicon all with the support of the Foundation. So, as the conference tag line says, " Open Opportunities, Endless Possibilities". See you in LA. I love short flights these days.



Tuesday Dec 16, 2008

Sakai 3.0

After a lot of money and time spent making the next great open source learning management system, Sakai struggled a bit in the past few years with usability albeit during a time of great advances in the era of Web 2.0. However, things are looking up as Sakai 3.0 is just around the corner with some nice new direction and feature for the Java-based platform. We're going to put some engineering effort into it along with our partnership with the guys at Unicon for implementations. In the meantime, Michael's new Sakai 3 whitepaper is a good read to get a sense where things are going now.  With some interest brewing for a Wonderland bridge, Sakai 3.0 could be a very compelling platform direction for open source learning in 2009 in both 2-D and 3-D!


  


 


 


 

Monday Mar 19, 2007

Sakai Update

Today's announcement from the Sakai Foundation, notably mentioning that Chuck is resigning and heading back to Michigan, the 2.4 release plan and the new and important focus on the user experience. I just paid up for Sun's 2007 membership in the Sakai Commercial Affiliate Program and Sun EDU will continue to partner with Unicon on campus implementations, consulting and ASP offer. Chuck's parting notes of community focus:

  • Continue to contribute to the core architecture of Sakai, focusing on
    JSR-170, Hierarchy, Bodington transition, and a move to RDF
  • Continue to work on standards at the presentation layer.  I have
    not given up on JSR-168 (yay for JSR-168 support in Sakai 2.4) and I
    have not given up on WSRP (yes even 1.0) - I am going to \*make\*
  • WSRP work one way or another in Sakai - and yes it will even be useful and worthy to be run in production.
  • Continue to work with IMS in the area of Tool Interoperability - For me IMS Tool Interoperability is the \*most important\*
    innovation for the next five years.  IMS TI version 1.0 is a good start
    - but going forward I hope to have the time to invest in IMS TI 2.0 to
    make it truly transformative.  This will require that I build and
    maintain a reference implementation of TI 2.0 and evolve and give
    feedback to the IMS process.

 

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