Educause: Open Source Innovation Showcase

Earlier this year the JA-Sig conference in St. Paul Minnesota brought together members from a variety of different Higher Education Open Source communities, including Sakai, D Space, Fedora Commons and Kuali. The Executive Directors of these project have stayed in touch and have been talking about different ways to work together.

Well, I’m happy to say that we’ll all be at Educause and will be participating in what is shaping up to be a very nice event on Wednesday, October 29th from 10:30-12:30: The Open/Community Source Innovation Showcase. From the session description:

Over the past few years, we have been hearing more from open source and community source projects and partner institutions about how this approach to software development will affect our institutions. This session will focus on addressing key issues and challenges facing campus decision makers about the role of open source and community source applications at academic institutions. Executive directors from five higher education open source and community source communities will respond to questions posed by the moderator and members of the audience.

You’ll notice that the event is 2 hours long. We won’t simply be talking at you for two hours, though. After brief opening remarks and a few questions from the session moderator (Barry Walsh from Indiana), we will split up by project. This will allow a smaller group of attendees to ask questions, discuss issues and maybe even see demonstrations. There should be time for you to visit at least 2 of the projects if not more.

So please consider putting this on your agenda. It will be a great way to meet other folks in the higher ed open source communities and to learn about several projects at one. Again, Wednesday at 10:30 in Room Room W208A-C (don’t ask me what that means!).

For a full schedule of Sakai events at this year’s Educause see our website or download this flyer.

And don’t forget to RSVP for the Open Source Reception on Wednesday evening…

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