Monthly Archives: June 2006

CT at the Show

Campus Technology – Los Altos,CA,USA

Community Matters.
Open source enthusiasts from higher ed institutions around the world converged on Vancouver, BC, this past spring for a week of co-located conferences, including Sakai, OSP, and JA-SIG’s uPortal. Attendees of the Sakai conference heard from keynoter Mitchell Baker (pictured), “Chief Lizard Wrangler” and president of Mozilla, the technology company widely known for its Internet applications Firefox and Thunderbird. Baker’s talk was loaded with perspectives on open source. Her mantra? “The community matters.”

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Red Hat CEO Bemoans State Of Education, Tech Talent Pool

CRN – Manhasset,NY,USA

Red Hat Chairman, CEO and President Matthew Szulik said his ability to find well-qualified candidates in the United States who also embrace the open-source movement’s entrepreneurial values and culture of innovation is extremely limited. Of the 500 people Red Hat hired last year, more than two-thirds came from abroad, he said.

An even more troubling problem, however, is the state of U.S. education at the K-12 and higher-education levels. Szulik recalled a recent conversation with a university official who was considering lowering the requirements for admission to his school’s undergraduate technical degree. Szulik said he wondered if that was a trend U.S. businesses should be supporting.

A better alternative, he said, might be to embrace efforts such as the Sakai Project. Under that initiative, Indiana University, MIT, Stanford University and the University of Michigan are sharing courseware in a collaborative learning environment. “Clearly, our view is that the collaborative process of the open-source process can be applied here, too,” Szulik said.

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rSmart Engineer Selected as Inaugural Sakai Fellow

Business Wire (press release) – San Francisco,CA,USA

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 14, 2006–rSmart Senior Software Engineer John Ellis was awarded a Sakai Fellowship at the 5th Sakai Conference in Vancouver …

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Five Projects Join dev.globus Incubation Management Project

http://news.taborcommunications.com/msgget.jsp?mid=685227

The dev.globus Incubation Management Project (IMP) announced five new projects have joined the dev.globus incubation process.

•OGCE — contact Marlon Pierce, University of Indiana. The OGCE builds computational Grid and science gateway Web ports, Grid client tools, and supporting software. OGCE provides client environments for the Globus Toolkit 4 (supporting both Web Service and pre-Web Service versions), the Storage Resource Broker, and Condor. The portal environment also allows for the integration of collaboration tools and services, such as those provided by the Sakai project. For more information, see http://dev.globus.org/wiki/Incubator/OGCE.

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Oracle joins Sakai as commercial affiliate

http://www.tectonic.co.za/view.php?id=1017

The Sakai Foundation announced Wednesday that Oracle has joined its collaboration and learning environment project as a commercial affiliate.

Oracle plans to assist in the development of the Sakai code, including soliciting requirements and design concepts from the thousands of institutions using Oracle technology and application products.

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