Dave Lambert, Charlie Leonhardt and the team at Georgetown University were kind enough to stop by the Sun briefing center yesterday to spend some time talking about key projects that will drive the agenda at our new Center-of-Excellence. The central vision is described in terms of a scholarly information systems architecture starting with the very core reference data model and building towards a service model built around the ideas of the open education framework as created by stuart and advocated by influential groups such as the JISC in the UK. (http://www.jisc.ac.uk/elearning_framework.html).
The first projects will be an open development effort to integrate access models between Sun's ID system and Shibboleth, a hosted version of the Shibboleth connector for Blackboard for Internet2 and a learning object repository built around Harvestroad's powerful Hive application utilizing the OSID model from MIT's Open Knowledge Initiative.
All these projects are open and posted now Education Commons. Here's the Georgetown site which for now is hosting our press release, but soon will be posting some very important work to contribute to education in the participation age.
MIT OKI: http://educationcommons.org/projects/display/OKI/Home