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Title: The RAMP Project: Authorisation and Activityflow for eResearch James Dalziel Professor of Learning Technology, and Director, Macquarie E-Learning Centre Of Excellence (MELCOE) Macquarie University


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The RAMP Project Authorisation and Activityflow
for eResearch James Dalziel Professor of
Learning Technology, and Director, Macquarie
E-Learning Centre Of Excellence
(MELCOE) Macquarie University james_at_melcoe.mq.edu
.au www.melcoe.mq.edu.au Presentation for
EDUCAUSE Workflow CAMP, Burlington, Vermont, 29th
June, 2006
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Overview
  • Background MAMS and LAMS
  • RAMP Project
  • More on LAMS
  • Introducing RAMS
  • Sample eResearch Activityflow Use Cases
  • Early demonstrations
  • Why?
  • Future plans - activityflow

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Background
  • MELCOE Research centre for next generation IT
    infrastructure for eLearning and eResearch
  • Major projects
  • MAMS Identity and access management
  • Special focus on repositories
  • Leading Australian Shibboleth rollout 500,000
    identities
  • Developing Sharpe and Autograph
  • LAMS eLearning workflow system
  • Re-usable sequences of collaborative learning
    activities
  • V2 beta release next week separate core and
    tools
  • ASK-OSS National advisory service on OSS for HE

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RAMP project
  • RAMP (Research Activityflow and Middleware
    Priorities) is a new Aust Gov funded eResearch
    project (2.9M)
  • Part 1 Authorisation
  • Development of a generalised authorisation
    library using XACML, focus on implementation for
    repositories (esp Fedora)
  • Builds on MAMS work SAML XACML Alternative
    to DRM
  • Part 2 Activityflow
  • People-based workflow for eResearch
  • Especially concurrent multi-actor multi-step
    workflows
  • Demonstrator of re-usable activityflows (builds
    on LAMS 2 core)
  • Theoretical review of workflow standards and
    concepts
  • Part 3 Authorisation/Activityflow fusion
    exploration

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More on LAMS
  • LAMS project over 4 years old, widespread
    adoption for next generation e-learning
  • Fundamental driver Any teacher could create and
    run
  • Web application, J2EE Flash, open source (GPL)
  • Based on new field of Learning Design
  • IMS Learning Design specification as a starting
    point
  • Core concepts of LAMS are not e-learning specific
  • Concurrent multi-actor, multi-step workflow
    system
  • BPEL expert Who are you guys?
  • LAMS Community for faculty sharing LAMS sequences
    and discussing their use (1300 members)
  • 100 end-user created, shared and adapted
    eLearning workflows

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More on LAMS Example
  • Online learning for trainee teacher students
  • Step 1 Each student answers What are the
    qualities of an effective teacher?, then
    considers collated responses
  • Step 2 Each student votes on the top 2 qualities
    from a list, then reflects on collated votes
  • Step 3 Group debate about the most important
    qualities of an effective teacher, based on
    outcomes of (1) and (2)
  • Step 4 Review of literature on effective
    teachers
  • Step 5 Group discussion of how the debate in (3)
    relates to literature in (4)
  • Step 6 Reflective report on the original
    question, based on own ideas and those of the
    group, including any changes in own views

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LAMS Authoring example What are the qualities
of an effective teacher?
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LAMS Learner example What are the qualities of
an effective teacher?
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LAMS Monitor summary What are the qualities of
an effective teacher?
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LAMS Monitor detailed What are the qualities of
an effective teacher?
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LAMS Monitor detailed What are the qualities of
an effective teacher?
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LAMS Community View of various communities
forums
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LAMS Community Repository Summary
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LAMS Community Detailed view of individual
sequence
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More on LAMS V2
  • LAMS V2 provides a modular architecture for
    building different kinds of people-based workflow
    systems
  • Separation of workflow core engine from activity
    tools
  • Agreement between core and tools via Tools
    Contract
  • Core requirements
  • Admin
  • Author
  • Monitor
  • Learner / Participant

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LAMS V2 Wiki (www.lamsfoundation.org/wiki)
Tools Contract
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Introducing RAMS
  • The Research Activity Management System (RAMS)
    builds on the LAMS V2 workflow core ( new
    eResearch features)
  • A new suite of activity tools appropriate for
    people-based eResearch activityflows
  • Plus multi-purpose tools that apply across
    eLearning and eResearch
  • The result is two different domain-specific
    applications (LAMS for eLearning RAMS for
    eResearch) that draw on a common workflow core
  • Everything is open source

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Introducing RAMS
Teachers
Researchers
LAMS Application
RAMS Application
eLearning specific tools
Multi-purpose tools
eResearch specific tools
Education Workflow Engine (LAMS core new
RAMS development)
Admin
Author
Monitor
Author
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Sample eResearch Activityflow Use Cases
  • High level use cases from RAMP proposal
  • Managing the research enterprise lifecycle (from
    grant planning to grant submission, to project
    initiation, to project lifecycle management, to
    research outcome dissemination),
  • Implementing auditable evaluation processes for
    assessing research quality (RQF assessor
    workflows, journal/conference peer review
    management, etc),
  • Designing and tracking article submission
    processes for Institutional Repositories,
  • Flexibly configuring and running online research
    collaboration processes (such as staged
    collaborative analysis and discussion for
    PhD/Postdocs around raw data, leading to
    interpretation, visualisation, and ultimately
    publications), and
  • Process-oriented research data collection from
    human subjects (such as in the humanities, and
    social and cognitive sciences).

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Use case 3 Institutional Repository submission
workflow
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Use case 2 RQF assessor evaluation process
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Use case 4 Example of weekly research group
meeting
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Use case 4a Alternative example of weekly
research group meeting
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Why?
  • Greater standardisation of common or repeatable
    research processes, leading to higher quality
    outcomes and improved efficiency
  • The ability to share descriptions of common
    research processes both within institutions, and
    between institutions including the ability to
    adapt and localise shared research processes
  • Greatly improved accountability and audit for
    processes involving multiple actors across
    multiple steps such as for research assessment
    (eg, RQF assessor workflows), as well as for
    research itself (eg, as a deterrent to academic
    fraud) and
  • Providing a process-oriented checklist to ensure
    the ordered completion of relevant research tasks.

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Future plans - activityflow
  • Development of RAMS activity tools core
    additions
  • Eg, branching, conditionality, grouping, tool
    data in/out, edit on the fly
  • Demonstrators for iterative requirements
    gathering
  • Sharing of good practice activityflows for
    review, re-use, adaptation
  • Community website for discussion sharing
    activityflows (based on experiences from the LAMS
    Community)
  • Workflow theory review (Dr Yoichi Takayama)
  • Initial exploration of activityflow/authorisation
    fusion
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