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The Sakai Project

The Sakai Project is a community source software development effort to design and build Collaboration and Learning Environment (CLE) software. The goal of the Sakai Project is to deliver interchangeable tools and components, built at different places, that all work together. The first Sakai software was released in July 2004.  

The Project, which has a budget of $6.8M, was founded by the University Michigan, Indiana University. MIT, Stanford, the uPortal Consortium, and the Open Knowledge Initiative (OKI), with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon foundation.  

The Sakai Educational Partners' Program (SEPP) extends the Sakai project, focusing on the needs of other academic institutions around the world that wish to adopt Sakai tools or develop tools for inter-institutional portability. SEPP is supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and SEPP member contributions.


Sakai Project releases version 1.5
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Sakai Project releases version 1.5 of its Collaboration and Learning environment (CLE) software

ANN ARBOR, Mich.---On March 5, 2005, the Sakai Project released version 1.5 of its Collaboration and Learning environment (CLE) software, with many improvements for faculty, students, and technical support staff. The long list of changes includes new tools, new capabilities in existing features, system improvements, and bug fixes.

Sakai 1.5 has already been in use at IU since the beginning of January, and there has been extensive quality and assurance testing by the Sakai community. Faculty reactions to the new software point to encouraged optimism --they like what they see in the practicality of the teaching tools and look forward to more tools in future versions. Robert Appelman, IU Professor of Education, has been teaching with Sakai 1.5. He observed that "Sakai offers me the opportunity now to have a course working environment that is much more integrated than before. This integration specifically allows linking and gaining access to resources and methods used in other classes that before were possible, but simply impractical."

SEPP 2005 Summer Conference Announced
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Don't miss the boat!

Plan to attend the SEPP 2005 Summer Conference during Community Source Week 2005, June 8-14 in Baltimore, Maryland.

SEPP Conference dates:
June 8th Pre-Conference
June 9-10 Conference

--Other meeting and event information will be announced soon.


SEPP 2004 Winter Conference Report
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SEPP 2004, Winter Conference Report by Jim Farmer, Sakai Community Liaison

The vibrant red and black of the New Orleans’ W was the right place to begin the transition from reporting on the Sakai Project to developing the future Sakai Partners community. 210 attended; 167 from the U.S., 43 from 11 other countries. --full report

Community Source-- Community Investments for Community Outcomes in the Open Source Tradition.
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