Relaunch of Sakaiproject.org

I’m extremely pleased to announce the re-launch of the Sakai website. It’s the product of a great deal of hard work over the past several months. There is still a good deal of work to do in terms of adding content and improving what is already there, so don’t hesitate to send us your feedback and suggestions for improvement (a jira is appreciated). Still, we feel it is a big improvement and are happy to be going live with a few issues and gaps remaining.

Of course, we always need more hands to create content and improve the visual appeal of the site. In particular, we’ll be asking for organizational and individual profiles–you can see where they will go on the “Community” tab. We’d love to see as many organizations represented as possible and we’ll be sending out a template you can use to create one–for your organization or for yourself. This would also be a good time to check to see if you’re on the Sakai map. If not, send an email to Anthony Whyte.

In addition to being a big improvement over the previous site, the new site is built on Sakai itself (2.5.x). This, and a lot of the content, is thanks to Anthony. While Sakai isn’t designed to be a content management system, it has worked fairly well for our purposes. Moreover, our goals included both understanding Sakai’s limitations as a content authoring platform and, if possible, improving Sakai itself. Anthony has ably demonstrated the flexibility that Sakai offers and has built a simple new “markup” tool (in contrib) that makes it fairly easy to add HTML content.  Please join me in congratulating and thanking him for the new Sakai website!

I hope you’ll take a look.

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