After spending the last few months focused on putting our Blackboard efforts on solid ground, this week it's the other side of the market with the 6th Sakai conference in Atlanta. There seems to be some great things happening with Sakai in a conceptual sense, but some real growing pains with technology adoption for the community in another. Many objectives of getting folks into production with a scalable tuned system have not been met. Last time I attended one of these things they had more t-shirts and sweatshirts for sale than a Brittany Spears concert. Not this year. Turns out building enterprise class software and supporting it is a non-trivial exercise. Jim Farmer gave a great quote yesterday that i'll be keeping in mind, "Blackboard is cheap. It is less than 1/10th of 1% of the cost to educate a child to K-20." (cleverly noting that our Georgetown project # is .006)
I had a great meeting with Oracle yesterday. We're going to look at some collaborative efforts to ensure Sakai-on-Oracle and Sun implementations are in focus and well supported. The schedule looks good today and i plan to hit Chuck Severance's overview talk on Sakai and mostly sessions on implementations versus futures. The lunch session on the patent discussion should be really interesting though I don't really have a dog in this fight. Maybe just some criticism of the US patent office is all.
Meanwhile, I got put on the virtual reality and gaming working groups with Mediagrid.org which should be really interesting. Other cool news is VX30 has written an open interface to allow their live broadcast solution to be integrated into social networking sites. Last is really looking forward to visiting Brewster and Kristine at Archive.org. I just love their charter message, "Universal access to human knowledge".
Off to to the sessions.