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Open Educause

Kevin Roebuck
Director, Digital Experience

It's great to see our friends at the Open Knowledge Initiative showing momentum here at Educause for their Java-based OSID technologies and approach to SOA in education. The guys are demonstrating an OSID connector for Sakai integration to Apple iTunes as well as cool digital repositories such as Hive. The OKI community space in Education Commons is the place to go to join the conversation along with the other couple of projects like the community source student system and VUE II concept mapping tool. with real momentum on our drive to open education. Our friends at Google are showing a nice set of hosted tools for EDU now to that you can check out. Other big topics were the 800 people who showed up to hear Blackboard explain themselves to a very skeptical audience on the issue of their patent lawsuit against Desire2Learn. We're working with D2L now on ideas around technology collaboration and partnership. On the Sakai front I need to track down Chuck today and let him know we're signing up for another year in the Sakai Commercial Affiliates program. We are going to continue to press for a J2EE ready version so we can really take a scalable version to our customers and prospects. We already know that coolthreads/T1 will absolutely make it run best and cheapest on Sun (just like Moodle, Elluminate and Blackboard's LMS). I jumped out of the conference for a minute to join the Second Life Sun Event. Here's a couple of screenshots thanks to Dans' blog:

It was coolit was cool, but some folks couldn't get access so I'm going to try to host a follow up event just for our e-learning friends soon. Speaking of which, Digital Hollywood in LA is coming up in a few weeks as well as a neat invitation from Newton Lee at ACM to attend the American Film Institute 2006 Annual Scholarship awards where Quincy Jones will make a special appearance. Next week it's off to DC to participate in the Sun Technology Day we are hosting for Blackboard and stop off to see our friends at Georgetown and the COE work around open architectures for Scholarly Information Systems. Though I hate tradeshows, it's good to see everyone and the real momentum around opening up and sharing standards, code and content to promote learning around the world. God knows the world needs it right now.

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