Southern Europe is suffering a very cold spell indeed. If I walk outside now in Amsterdam then the temperature is -4 with a wind chill factor that makes for effective temperatures below -10. The weather is great for the children as car driver’s ride slowly by only to get snow balled (Alan say's as he hides a snowball behind his back).
The cold weather motivates me to sit for longer and warmer behind the computer. However, luckily I am taking time to eat home made apple tart and drink warm drinks of various levels of non alcoholic content, hic.
It was a busy December with projects targeting both the internal Sakai community and outreach to those who haven't yet decided to adopt Sakai. We got a lot done, but a number of these projects carry over into the new year.
Michael Feldstein just posted some great information on tracking the Sakai Foundation activities on his blog. I also wanted to point out that I've started a "Sakai Foundation Goals and Activities" wiki page that (hopefully!) provides a framework for putting a lot of the particulars into context. It certainly needs more work and I will invest the time to make it easier to understand -- if people find it useful, that is.
Several members of the Sakai community, including Ian Boston, Brad Wheeler and Chuck Severence have made excellent comments on the Chronicle of Higher Ed article regarding Melllon's folding of the RIT program into the Scholarly Communication program. If you're interested in the story I encourage you to check them out.
As you may have read by now, the Mellon Foundation is merging its Research in Information Technology Program (RIT) with it's Scholarly Communications program. David Wiley published an excerpt from the email Mellon send to current grant recipients on his blog:
Christian posted this update to the Sakai User Experience and Developer mail lists. Exciting progress on Hybrid mode...
"I assume that you've all seen the video from Lance  which showed some of the work we've done on the Sakai 2+3 hybrid mode. During the last few weeks we've made some changes which should make the overall experience better for the user."
Development was starting to slow down for me on the Sakai2+3 Hybrid Mode, so I needed to turn my primary focus elsewhere. Michael Korcuska and I had decided previously that the next focus point would be to develop a working prototype that would allow someone to take a zip file exported from Sakai 2’s Site Archive tool and import the content into Sakai 3. Initially the scope would be limited to just the content contained within the Resources tool (a.k.a.
Nice article about what sets Sakai apart from other LMS solutions from by Larissa Biggers of the University of North Carolina in Learning Solutions Magazine.
Most Learning Management Systems (LMSs) are intended to support traditional (instructor-led) teaching models. Sakai, however, is a Collaborative Learning Environment. It is intended to support group work, and offers unique features for researchers, faculty, and learners. Learn about Sakai in this brief but informative article...
A number of Sakai Community members are participating in the formation of a Sakai maintenance team in order to better address issues in the Sakai code base as well as provide a mechanism by which institutions can reclaim a portion of their development resources after the delivery of production-ready code. Insitutional contributions involve pledging a named contributor or a set of hours for a specified period of time.