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									     The Sakai Project and
       Partners Program
                  Jim Farmer
         Sakai Community Liaison
Online Information and Education Conference 2004
Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, Bangkok, Thailand,
                16 September 2004
   The Sakai Project

 Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation and the four universities
The SAKAI Project
“The University of Michigan, Indiana University,
MIT, Stanford, and the uPortal consortium are
joining forces to integrate and synchronize their
considerable educational software into a pre-
integrated collection of open source tools.”

     The Sakai Project, A proposal to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,
                                                     2 December 2003
The broader goal
 “Integrating these disparate efforts will also
 merge their associated communities of use and
 practice towards a critical mass to have a real
 economic and innovation effect for educational
Sakai is
•   A concept
•   An architecture
•   A four-university development effort
•   An emerging community
The Sakai Vision
We will create an open-source Collaboration and Learning
management system which is competitive with best
BUT at the same time create a framework, market,
clearinghouse, cadre of skilled programmers,
documentation and set of community practices necessary
to enable many organizations to focus their energy in
developing capabilities/tools which advance the pedagogy
and effectiveness of technology-enhanced teaching,
learning, research and collaboration
…rather than each just building another threaded
discussion tool as an LMS.
                                     Sakai Board, June 23, 2004
Sakai: So Whats New?
• New approach to Portal Technology: Application
  Development Platform
• New Approach to web application development:
  Code to work on desktop (someday)
• New approach to Learning Management
  Systems: Not just for classes any more –
  research, collaboration
And, most importantly today:
  • New form of development: “Community
The Sakai architecture
• Services-based architecture
• Open Knowledge Initiative Service Interface
  Definitions (OSID)
• JSR 168 portlet (and, implicitly, WSRP remote
• Open Standards: XML, XSLT, SOAP, SAML
and others as the project progresses
Tool Portability Profile
A set of specifications to be followed when
  developing software
• Sakai services based on the Open Knowledge
  Initiative’s OSIDs (OKI Service Interface
• User interface abstraction for localization
• The JSR-168 portlet specification
Sakai 1.0 Contents (12/04)
• Complete Framework including JSF to Portlet Rendering
  All of the CHEF tools and services in legacy mode
• Three new TPP compliant tools: SAMigo (Assessment),
  and Gradebook
• Ready to deploy as a Learning Management System
  (looks a lot like Michigan’s CHEF 1.2 plus)
• Ready to use as a development platform with rich sample
• Implementation of Sakai APIs, and MIT OSID plug-ins
  Goal: Deployable in production at UM, pilot at the other
  three universities.
Sakai 1.0 Tools and Features
•   Worksite Info   •   My Workspace
•   Schedule        •   Users Present
•   Announcements   •   Tear off windows
•   Resources       •   Multiple roles,
•   Assignments         permissions
•   Discussion      •   Notification, preferences
•   Dropbox         •   Browsable sites list
•   Chat            •   Membership (self join
•   Web Content         sites)
•   News            •   Webdav to Resources
•   Email Archive   •   Public view
                    •   Message of the Day
Sakai 2.0 (May 2005)
• Significant replacement of legacy tools
  – TPP Compliant, using OKI and Sakai APIs
  – Tools will be richer and deeper
  – Each core institution will focus on a set of tools to
• SEPP partners will be involved in new tool
   development based on ability and commitment.
• Sakai organizational structures evolve to expand
   participation while maintaining core
   development focus
Sakai to use JA-SIG’s uPortal
 The Sakai tools will be built to the JSR 168 to
 run in any JSR 168 compliant portal with
 installed services.
                  Joseph Hardin, Sakai Board Chair, July 2004

 uPortal also developed “aggregated layout”
 specifically designed to “push” course Web pages
 to students
What is uPortal?
• Enterprise portal
• Framework for presenting aggregated
  content (channels)
• Personalization
• Role-based access control and layouts
• Open source, collaborative effort
• Java web application
Illinois State University
Denison University
SAKAI product availability
     Basis              Production Version

• CHEF WorkTools         Summer 2005
• Navigo Assessment      Spring 2005
• CHEF CMS               Summer 2005
• Eden Workflow          Spring 2005
  The Sakai Education
   Partners Program

 Funded by the William and Flora
Hewlett Foundation and the partners
Sakai Education Partners
• Participate in the community discussion
  on future direction
• Deploy Sakai-based software
• Develop Sakai-based software, refactor
  current software using the Tool Portability
  Profile, or publish Sakai-based content
• Implement the Sakai architecture
 Based on expressed interests of the community
Sakai founding partners
University of Colorado at    University of California Berkeley
                             University of California, Davis
Cambridge University
                             University of California,
Carnegie Mellon University     Los Angeles
Columbia University          University of California, Merced
Cornell University           University of California,
Foothill-De Anza Community     Santa Cruz
   College District          University of Hawaii
Harvard University           University of Oklahoma
Johns Hopkins University     University of Virginia
Northwestern University      University of Washington
Princeton University         University of Wisconsin, Madison
Tufts University             Yale University
Additional Sakai partners
Arizona State University    Simon Fraser University
Boston University, School   University of Arizona
  of Management             University of Hull
Dartmouth College           University of Lancaster
Florida Community           University of Melbourne
  College, Jacksonville     University of Nagoya
Georgetown University       University of Toronto
Maricopa Community          University of Washington
  College District
Partnership benefits
• Sakai Education Partners Program is for
  administrators [for planning], adopters who will
  need support, and developers who will want to
  contribute tools and services to the higher
  education community.
• Partners will receive early information on the
  Sakai Project, including strategic directions,
  technical design and the initial tool sets for the
  2004 and 2005 releases, and an invitation to the
  semi-annual SEPP meetings.
SEPP support
• Developers to provide technical support for
  partners and liaison with the Sakai Core
  development team,
• Support tools of immediate and specific interest
  to partners, such as a shared knowledgebase,
• Technical documentation and specifications,
• Administrative Support person to aid SEPP staff
  members and partners.
Sakai organization
       Sakai Project                      Sakai Partners

                         Sakai Board
   Joseph Hardin, Chair, University of Michigan
   Bradley C. Wheeler, Indiana University
   Lois Brooks, Stanford University
   Mara Hancock, University of California, Berkeley
   Carl Jacobson, University of Delaware
   Amitava ‘Babi’ Mitra, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
   Jeff Merriman, Open Knowledge Initiative
   Vivian Sinou, Foothill DeAnza Community College District
Sakai Partners
• Educational institutions
• Contribute US$10,000 per year for three
• Participate in Sakai activities
Sakai Partners 2005
• Sakai Project
• Sakai Partners
  – Foothill DeAnza authoring tool
  – University of California Berkeley gradebook
• Sakai related
  – Open Source Portfolio Initiative
  – CREE Project: JISC Library access portlets
  – University of Nagoya multimedia “immersion”
The Berkeley Grade Book
         An example of collaboration
University of California, Berkeley funded development of
  an on-line grade book
• Develop the grade book in collaboration with MIT
• Deploy and test the grade book integrated with local
  student systems
• Re-factor the grade book to Sakai “Tool Portability
  Profile” to support interoperability
The Etudes Project
         An example of collaboration
Hewlett Foundation funded deployment of Sakai
  Collaborative Learning Environment at Foothill-De Anza
  Community College District
• Develop an authoring tool, primarily for faculty
• Deploy and test Sakai as an information service (ASP:
  Application Service Provider) for 48+ community college
• Develop open standards sharable learning materials
The Twin Peaks Project
         An example of collaboration
Sun Microsystems, Inc. funded deployment of a
  citation/link authoring tool by Indiana University.
• Transfer a citation and link from a Web search or
  browser display into a document.
• Integrate into a JSR 168 portlet with an open source on-
  line WYSIWYG editor.
The CREE Project
         An example of collaboration
UK JISC-funded project led by the University of Hull, a
  Sakai partner
• Redevelop search applications as Sakai JSR 168 portlets
• Improve the user interface; explore alternative
  presentations (by role, experience, disabilities)
• Includes Z39.50 (Jafer), Web Services-based SRW/SRU,
  Open URL (BALSA), portal environment (HEIRPORT),
  and Google
• Tested, documented, and made available as open source
        The end

          jim farmer
jxf@immagic.com; jxf@UMich.edu
Publisher’s Note
• uPortal is a project of the JA-SIG Collaborative led by Carl
  Jacobson at the University of Delaware and funded, in part,
  from the Sakai Project.
• im+m has contributed to uPortal, and the Meteor and
  California Electronic Transcript Project prototypes referenced
  in these presentations.
• The author is Chairman of the Board of im+m and Sigma
  Systems Inc., contracted by the University of Michigan for the
  Sakai Educational Partners Program, and volunteers as
  uPortal Project Administrator.
 Sakai and JA-SIG publications are in the public
 domain and can be freely reproduced.
 These presentations may contain material
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