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Title: Winter Conference 2005

Winter Conference 2005
  • Technical Description of 2.1- 3.0 Dev Contrib
  • OSP Sessions
  • Pedagogy, eScience Sessions
  • Sakai Foundation Update
  • Election Results
  • Line Dancing

Deep In The Heart of Sakai Austin, Texas -
December 7-9
Community Source Projects NGA
  • (Non Gag Agreement)
  • By attending this briefing you acknowledge that
    the participants in the project want you to tell
    others anything that you learn here. You are
    encouraged to share any and all information,
    insights, questions, kudos, and concerns with
    anyone, any company, and any project. This
    project encourages you but in no way obligates
    you to download, use, improve, and share any of
    the projects software or materials that may help
    meet your institutions needs. We encourage you,
    at your discretion, to disclose with anyone any
    investments of time, staff, or money that you
    make in community source projects.

Sakai and the Higher Education Community
Snapshots of the Road Ahead
Educause 2005 Orlando October 21, 2005 Amitava
Babi Mitra Academic Media Production
Services MIT Sakai Foundation Board
Member Joseph Hardin School of
Information University of Michigan Sakai
Foundation Board Chair
KYOU / sakai Boundary, Situation
What is Sakai?
  • A projectan initial grant for two years
  • A communityan emerging group of people and
    resources supporting the code and each other,
    realizing large scale Open Source efficiencies in
  • An extensible framework for building
    collaborativeprovides basic capabilities to
    support a wide range of tools and
    servicesteaching and research
  • A product with
  • A released bundle of the framework and
  • A set of toolswritten and supported by various
    groups and individualswhich have been tested and
    released as a unit

Sakai Project Jumpstart
  • The University of Michigan, Indiana University,
    MIT, Stanford, the uPortal Consortium, and the
    Open Knowledge Initiative (OKI) are joining
    forces to integrate and synchronize their
    considerable educational software into a
    pre-integrated collection of open source tools.

Sakai Project receives 2.4 million grant from
Sakai Funding
  • Each of the 4 Core Universities Commits
  • 5 developers/architects, etc. under Sakai Board
    project direction for 2 years
  • Public commitment to implement Sakai
  • Open/Open licensing Community Source
  • So, overall project levels
  • 4.4M in institutional staff (27 FTE)
  • 2.4M Mellon, 300K Hewlett (first year)
  • Additional investment through partners

Why All the simple reasons
  • These are core infrastructures at our
  • Economic advantages to core schools, partners
  • Higher ed values open, sharing, building the
    commons core support for collaboration tech
  • We should be good at this teaching, research
    are our core competencies collab essential
  • Maintains institutional capacity, independence
  • Ability to rapidly innovate move our tools
    within/among HE institutions rapidly
  • Based on goals of interoperability -
  • Desire to harvest research advances and
  • faculty innovation in teaching and
    research quickly

Industry Shakeout
In a way, the Sakai Project was just a step in
the evolution of a Community Supported Open
Source CLE. The Sakai Foundation now evolves.
The Sakai ProjectClose coordination for two
years to quickly build the critical mass for open
source enterprise Collaboration Learning
EnvironmentAt the same time building larger
communityPartners Program,Commercial
AffiliatesThe Sakai Open Source Community
Sakai Partners
Albany Medical College Arizona State
University Australian National University Boston
University School of Management Brown University
Carleton College Carnegie Foundation for
Advancement of Teaching Carnegie Mellon
University Ceritos Community College Coast
Community College District Columbia
University Cornell University Dartmouth
College Florida Community College at
Jacksonville Foothill-De Anza Community
College Franklin University Georgetown
University Harvard University Hosei University IT
Research Center Indiana University Johns Hopkins
University Lancaster University Loyola
University, Chicago Lubeck University of Applied
Sciences Maricopa County Community College Marist
College MIT
Monash University Nagoya University New York
University Northeastern University North-West
University (SA) Northwestern University Ohio
State University Portland State
University Princeton University Rice
University Ringling School of Art and
Design Roskilde University (Denmark) Rutgers
University Simon Fraser University Stanford
University State University of New York Stockholm
University SURF/University of Amsterdam Syracuse
University Texas State University - San
Marcos Tufts University Universidad Politecnica
de Valencia (Spain) Universitat de Lleida
(Spain) University College Dublin University of
Arizona Universit of California, Office of the
Chancellor University of California
Berkeley University of California, Davis
University of California, Los Angeles University
of California, Merced University of California,
Santa Barbara University of Cambridge,
CARET University of Cape Town, SA University of
Colorado at Boulder University of
Delaware University of Hawaii University of
Hull University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Un
iversity of Melbourne University of
Michigan University of Minnesota University of
Missouri University of Nebraska University of
North Texas University of Oklahoma University of
South Africa (UNISA) University of Texas at
Austin University of Toronto, Knowledge Media
Design Institute University of Virginia University
of Washington University of Wisconsin,
Madison Virginia Polytechnic Institute/University
Whitman College Yale University
Sakai Commercial Affiliates
The Sakai Educational Community License is
BSD-like and allows complete flexibility in terms
of the creation of and licensing of derivative
works. This allows different commercial
companies to interact in differentways without
any limitations imposed by license.
Sakai Collaborators
  • Open Knowledge Initiative (OKI)
  • IMS Standards
  • Tool Interoperability (TI) standard
  • Common Cartridge (CC) standard
  • Open Source Portfolio Initiative
  • JA-SIG / uPortal

Sakai Conferences
  • Provide a forum for the core and the SPP to
    interact and for the SPP members to interact with
    one another
  • June 2004 Denver Colorado (180)
  • December 2004 New Orleans (230)
  • June 2005 Baltimore (430)
  • Community Source Week
  • uPortal, Sakai, OSPI
  • December 6-9Austin, TX

The Sakai ProductA Collaborative Learning
EnvironmentSuitable for use in teaching and
learning, research collaboration, and ad Hoc
group communication
Placing the Sakai Product
  • A Collaboration and Learning Environment

Teaching and Learning
Collaboration (including eResearch)
Teaching and Research Collaboration
  • Requirements Overlap

Grid Computing Visualization
Quizzes Grading Tools Syllabus SCORM
Physics Research Collaboration
Teaching and Learning
Data Repository
Chat Discussion Resources
Earthquake Research Collaboration
Large Data Libraries
Sakai 2.1 Tools
Announcements Assignments Chat Room Threaded
Discussion Drop Box Email Archive
Gradebook Melete - Content Editor Message Of The
Day News/RSS Preferences
Presentation Profile / Roster Resources TwinPeaks
- Repository Search Samigo - QTI Assessment
Schedule Section Management Syllabus Web Content
Worksite Setup WebDAV
Open Portfolio - Sakai Tool
Twin Peaks - access to library resources from
within editing environment(s) in Sakai
Student View Navigation,Licensing - Authoring
Navigation is created automatically
Authors can license their content
Support Teaching and Learning
Support Distributed Research
Bringing the lab to the classroom
Open Grid Computing Environment Example Submitt
ing a job to the GRID.
Note research computing tools added on left.
NEESgrid interface
NEESgrid Simulation
Overlapping Communities Synergies Available Here
Sakai in Production
Sakai - Ctools at UM
Current Stats - CTools
  • 2645 - Current Fall 05 class sites
  • 4588 - Total project sites (note)
  • 848 - GradTools student sites
  • 20,000 unique users on a busy day

Sakai Adoption Plans
Stanford University University of California,
Berkeley University of California, Merced
University of Cape Town, SA University of
Lleida, Spain University of Missouri
University of Virginia Whitman College
  • Boston University School of Management
  • Carleton
  • Columbia University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Lubeck University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Northwestern University

Type Sakai Adoption Plans into Google
The Sakai Framework
  • The need to satisfy the often conflicting goals
    of ease of use, ease of expansion, configuration
    flexibility, environmental portability and
    rock-solid production reliability suitable for
    enterprise deployment.

Sakai Foundational Technologies
Java 1.4
Apache - SSL, mod_jk, WEBISO, virtual hosting
Sakai consists of technologies chosen to be
common in Java Enterprise Environments.
Sakai Tomcat 5.5 Spring Hibernate Java Server
Faces Velocity (legacy)
MySql 4.1
Service Oriented Architecture
Presentation Code
Service Interface (i.e. API)
My Monolithic Code
Service Code
Sakai Applications and Framework
SAFPresentation Services
Tool Layout (JSP)
Tool Code (Java)
Service Interface (i.e. API)
Application Services
SAFCommon Services
Sakai Web Services
Web Services Client (PHP,.NET, Java, VB, etc...)
Jakarta Axis
Web Svcs
Web Services End Point
Service Interface (i.e. API)
Application Services
SAFCommon Services
Web Services and Web Applications
WS Client
Tool Layout
Web Svcs
Tool Code
WS End Point
Service Interface (i.e. API)
Application Services
SAFCommon Services
Architecture Goals
  • Provide solid, robust framework
  • Support native tool development in Java
  • Ease integration of 3Ps tools (Perl, Python,
    PHP) capture local innovation
  • Allow for locally-chosen levels of integration
    and use of new tools
  • Encourage distributed support, development open
    source community

Reflecting on Our Efforts
  • Open Source Projects are crucial to supporting
    innovation in higher ed
  • We have some examples now of for higher ed, by
    higher ed OS efforts
  • A literature is developing around the dynamics of
    open source communities
  • What can we learn from experience and add to our
    common stock of knowledge we are learning
    institutions, after all

Open Source Community in HE Awakening
  • Sakai enterprise framework, core tools
  • OSP active community, close cooperation
  • LAMS, Moodle pedagogy, learning activities
    design naturals for collaboration, rapid growth
  • Merlot,OCW we are engines for generation of
    educational objects, courses linking efforts
  • Institutional repositories, libraries working
    on integration, collaboration DSpace, Fedora,
  • VRE, eScience, eResearch funding, efforts
  • Not to mention the whole Kuali effort, which will
    grow rapidly over next year and find
    intersection points, like the SIS opportunityand
    solidify the OS argument
  • And think internationally here JISC, SURF

Future - Present TenseSakai Evolution
  • We are transitioning from the first stage of the
    project, where a core of workers ran as hard as
    we could to get the base of software built and
    running, in production, to
  • A more distributed organization with many, many
    contributors and processes that capture the
    energy of a full open source community
  • Goals here are vibrant development, and long
    term, sustainable organization

Sakai Foundation
  • Formed as a non-profit corporation to support,
    sustain, and promote Sakai.
  • Initial foundation board is the current Sakai
    project board, with open nominations (right now),
    elections next month for three retiring Sakai
    board members. Ten on Board.
  • Annual budget of 1M from member contributions
  • Will have 4-6 staff positions funded by the
  • Support staff, core architecture and framework,
    release process
  • Two conferences per year, no cost to members
  • Membership fee is 10,000 per year for
    educational institutions, non-profits, or
    commercial partners (5,000 for smaller schools).

Sakai Project Sakai Foundation
  • Continuity, stability and openness critical as we
    transition to the community-driven Foundation
  • Open discussion and inputs into formulating
    bylaws and governance process
  • Community polled on specific bylaws
  • Sakai Foundation incorporated as non-profit,
    applying for 501(c)3 on October 16, 2005
  • Three members rolling off the existing Sakai
    Board so that new Board members can be elected
    from the community

Sakai Project Sakai Foundation
  • Election Committee formed
  • Election process posted
  • Nominations invited, 15() nominations to date,
  • Nominations close by 500 pm EDT TODAY,
  • Discussion, Voting during October, November
  • Results will be announced at the Austin Sakai
    Conference, December 7th
  • New Sakai Foundation Board constituted, and the
    experiment continues, moves on

Sakai More Information
  • Main site
  • Bugs
  • Sakai-wide collaboration area

Sakai/OSP Conference 2005
  • Technical Description of 2.1- 3.0 Dev Contrib
  • OSPortfolio Sessions
  • Pedagogy, eScience, UI, User Sessions
  • Sakai Foundation Update
  • Election Results
  • Line Dancing

Deep In The Heart of Sakai Austin, Texas -
December 7-9
Amitava Babi Mitra Joseph
Hardin Visit us at
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