2008 Sakai Fellows!

In case you didn’t see the announcement on the email lists, the 2008 Sakai Fellows have been selected. We had a large set of qualified nominees, a real testament to the size, quality and diversity of the community.

In alphabetical order, the Sakai Fellows selected for 2008 are:

  • Alan Berg, Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Nuno Fernandez, Universidade Fernando Pessoa
  • David Horwitz, University of Cape Town
  • Beth Kirschner, University of Michigan
  • Maggie Lynch, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Stephen Marquard, University of Cape Town

None of these names come as a surprise to anyone who is involved in the Sakai project. I’m particularly impressed with the breadth of selections this year. Software engineering, teaching & learning, portfolios, quality assurance, localization and system administration are all represented among the fellows. And the fellows come from North America, Europe and Africa. Finally, you’ll notice that two fellows come from Cape Town. While this is an individual and not an institutional award, I do think this is a testament to the leadership University of Cape Town has shown in the past year, especially around the 2.5 release.

The entire pool of nominees was excellent and deserving of their nomination. There was no established criteria for the nominees this year, but the committee members each articulated the principles behind their selections. A summary of those reasons are posted on the 2008 Sakai Fellows wiki page. In the future, it is likely that some of these principles will become formal rules or selection criteria.

The 2008 Sakai Fellows Committee members are (were?):

  • Kate Ellis
  • Clay Fenlason
  • David Haines
  • Peter Knoop
  • Michael Korcuska
  • Seth Theriault
  • Anthony Whyte

Congratulations to all the nominees and, of course, the current group of Sakai Fellows!


One Response

  1. I just wanted to say that I think the recognition of both Stephen Marquard and David Horwitz reaches back to the beginning of Sakai’s history, and their leadership in Sakai 2.5 is only the latest example. UCT has played a singular role in Sakai’s quality from the beginning (do a JIRA search for either of their two names), they have established an authoritative voice in technical matters (ditto for sakai-dev) while at the same time championed causes of teaching and learning. Their breadth and depth of commitment – and what the Sakai community owes to them in return – is nothing short of remarkable. Pound for pound, UCT staff have done as much for Sakai’s success as any other institution.

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