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IMS gets Real

Kevin Roebuck
Director, Digital Experience

Although Sun will be leaving IMS next year simply because the economics don't support our membership fee's in a specifications body that does not directly impact our product stack, we are still enthusiastic about supporting IMS efforts like the new Global Affiliates Program and the first site signing at our Center-of-Excellence at Georgetown University that Scott announced with Dave Lambert at WW ERC this past year. In order to lower costs and promote inter-operability, it's critical that specifications are implementable and certifiable to promote global adoption. Now, we go off and run the apps on an OpenSolaris, Glassfish and Identity Manager infrastructure.

Here's the press release details. Congrats to Charlie, Peter and the team.

IMS/GLC Announces Georgetown as First Global Academic Affiliate

Georgetown Center Will Focus on Certifying
Interoperability Between Commercial and Open Source Products

Lake Mary, FL – 20 September 2006 – The IMS
Global Learning Consortium announced today the launch of a new program to
partner with a select set of educational institutions worldwide in order to
accelerate the impact of learning technology. Georgetown University has stepped
forward as the first participant in the Global Academic Affiliates program.

IMS anticipates that approximately twenty
institutions will be selected for affiliate partnerships. Each affiliate will
have a unique charter for pursuing an aspect of research or testing that is
closely connected with IMS’s mission of addressing global learning industry
challenges through community development of standards, innovation, and best
practices. Each affiliate will work closely with IMS to perform research or
applied implementations that will feed back to the IMS community.

The Georgetown / Sun Center of Excellence in
Scholarly Information Architecture will work closely with IMS on providing a
testbed for verifying that products which vendors claim adhere to standards and
are interoperable are in fact plug and play. In addition, Georgetown will play a
leadership role in a new IMS work group focused on driving best practice
implementations of enterprise content management, based on open interoperability
standards. This new group will be developing best practices and solution
recommendations for managing interoperable content coming from three sources:
course management systems, publishers, and new media formats, such as podcasts.
The Georgetown / Sun Center of Excellence in Scholarly Information Architecture
will include partnerships with IMS Contributing Members Sun Microsystems and
Apple. Georgetown is a Blackboard customer and a Sakai affiliate.

"The best way to prove interoperability is in
real implementations, as witnessed by the customer," said Rob Abel, CEO of IMS
Global Learning Consortium. Abel added, "Georgetown will play a key role in
helping IMS test interoperability and collect feedback on interoperability from
customers. In addition, Georgetown will contribute to the development of
recommendations for the many institutions that are currently challenged to
manage several sources of digital content in a way that enhances program quality
and faculty effectiveness."

"At Georgetown we are interested in enhancing the
learning experience of our students and the teaching experience of our faculty",
remarked Charles Leonhardt, Principal Technologist at Georgetown. "We believe
this is best achieved through a combination of new media and a combination of
best-of-breed products that cross commercial and open source initiatives. We
have found that IMS has created a unique atmosphere for collaboration in service
to the best return across all sources of innovation."

About IMS Global Learning Consortium
IMS/GLC is the leading advocacy
group encouraging the growth and impact of learning technology worldwide.
IMS/GLC is a global, nonprofit, member organization that provides leadership in
shaping and growing the learning industry through community development of
standards, promotion of innovation, and research into best practices. For more
information visit

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