Sakai 3: A proposal

Sakai 3 Screenshot

Sakai 3 Screenshot

As you may have heard, a number of contributors in the Sakai community have begun talking about, and even working on, something being called Sakai 3.  Sakai 3 would be a new version of Sakai representing significant change to the end-user experience and, likely, the underlying technology. The beginnings of this conversation go back to the Paris conference, at least, but have recently begun to take a more specific direction and garner some momentum. It is definitely time, therefore, for me to provide a substantive update about these activities. The group that has been working on this also has a desire for input on the vision and wants to invite participation in both the conversations and the work. And so I’ve pulled together a document with a proposal for Sakai 3.

This is an extremely important time for Sakai, both as a product and a community. Personally, I feel that the vision described by Sakai 3 is compelling and that it is worth a collective effort to move in that direction as quickly as practical. But, as you know, the Sakai Foundation does not control the direction of the Sakai software. So, as always, it is up to the community to determine how quickly we head in which direction.  To that end, we would like to initiate a community conversation about the idea of Sakai 3 and the timing for building/deploying it. While I’ve irresponsibly cross posted, I’d ask that you direct general discussions about Sakai 3 to the advocacy list. Technical topics, of course, can cross post to sakai-dev.

I’ve also built a “Sakai 3 Vision” site on the Sakai 3 experimental server (It contains the same content as the PDF above). It also contains several poll questions about Sakai 3. It would be terrific if you could take a minute to respond to the poll questions (after reading the content, please!). You can find instructions for creating an account and joining the Sakai 3 Vision site on page 10 of the PDF. The pages in the Sakai 3 site are open for comment as well. And, of course, feel free to send me an email if you’d like.

Finally, a few of caveats:

  1. The experimental server for Sakai 3 is a development box.  It doesn’t represent a final design and there are many bugs and unimplemented features. The features and bugs will change on a regular basis. And it could be that this email results in more load on that server that it is ready for :-). Caveat emptor!
  2. If a sufficient group decides Sakai 3 should move forward at the pace described in the document, we are likely to try to pull together a more organized development effort. So stay tuned for more information on what that will look like or, better yet, send your suggestions to the list.  We want feedback from everyone, though, so don’t hesitate to tell us what you think regardless of whether you think you’ll be able to participate in design and development.
  3. The ideas described in the document is not mine. It represents my effort to document the thinking of a group of Sakai community members. As the saying goes: Anything you find compelling is theirs, any mistakes or lack of clarity are mine.

I hope you like the proposal for a Sakai 3. If you don’t like it, though, I certainly hope you’ll tell us why.

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4 Responses

  1. […] Michael Korcuska’s blog, there is a new vision document describing the proposed path for the next major version of Sakai. […]

  2. […] Sakai 3: A proposal « Michael Korcuska Sakai Blog The group that has been working on this also has a desire for input on the vision and wants to invite participation in both the conversations and the work. And so I’ve pulled together a document with a proposal for Sakai 3 […]

  3. More information is available on the managed Sakai 3 project to deliver Sakai 3.0 by the end of June 2011. http://confluence.sakaiproject.org/display/SAKDEV/Sakai+3

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