Sixth Sakai Notes – Introducing Sakai, by Anthony Whyte

This is one of a series of posts about the sessions I attended at the Sixth Sakai Conference. See Conference Schedule, which has links to the individual presentations. Many of the sessions were recorded, and most of the presentations can be found online.

Here are my notes/impressions for the talk Introducing Sakai by Anthony White, presented Tuesday, 10:45AM.

The presentation can be found in PowerPoinf format here.

I didn’t take detailed notes. Whyte followed the prepared presentation fairly closely. Here are a few observations, with S-3 denoting Slide 3, etc.

S-4: Praxis, “100+ volunteers representing 30+ academic institutions active in test and development”. This is a large community

S-5: 4-6 staffers, Sakai Foundation Annual Budget $1M. Note this is several times the budget of the Apache Software Foundation


S-7: License. Using ECL (Education Common License), OSI-approved, Apache-like.

S-9: “Community Source,” Like Apache, but based on joint collaboration between orgs, companies, institutions.
“Sakai is a hybrid model that relies on the interplay between academic institutions, commercial enterprises, other open-source initiatives and standards organizations to stimulate software innovation and ensure sustainability.”

S-12: Predecessor project. 2003-2005. U Mich, Indiana, Stanford + uPortal and Oki. $4.4M shared staff, $2.7M funding from Mellon (most) + Hewlett grants

S-14: About 100 developers. Strong QA effort.

S-16: Multiple installations, some quite large (Indianca, 100K+ users)

S17 – ff: Future plans, some examples. See charts for details.

Net: Clearly a serious project, well-established, large developer community, many deployments, multiple institutions involved.


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