European Sakai conference 7th Feb 2014

Message from Alain Mayeur (ESUP-Portail) and Ian Dolphin (Apereo Foundation)

The ESUP-Portail Consortium and the Apereo Foundation are pleased to invite you to their conferences, taking place on 6 Feb and 7 Feb 2014, respectively, on the campus of the Paris Descartes University (France).

This joint event is further evidence of the growing collaboration between Apereo and ESUP-Portail, providing an opportunity to discover more about current activities, and to help plan the future. The conference schedule and registration are available from –

In addition to the conference sessions, a reception will be held on the evening of Thursday 6th, offering a unique opportunity to network with other conference attendees in a casual and friendly atmosphere.

Should you have any questions about this event, please feel free to contact us at or

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Apereo OAE Phoenix (nee Sakai 3) is now available!

The Apereo Open Academic Environment (OAE) project team is pleased and excited to announce the first release of the Apereo Open Academic Environment; OAE Phoenix. This release consists of the first production ready release of Apereo OAE and focusses on providing support for various forms of academic collaboration.

Apereo OAE is designed as a multi-tenant platform that can be run at large scale, allowing for a single installation to support multiple institutions at the same time. OAE Phoenix is a first and important step and attempts to provide a basic, but solid foundation that can be used as the basis for many more collaborative scenarios.

We’d like to invite everyone interested in Apereo OAE to get involved during these early and exciting times and help drive contributions, adoption and direction.

Try it out

It is a project goal to make a community instance of Apereo OAE available for everyone to sign up to and play with or even use for real collaborations. We are currently targeting for this instance to be available by the fall, informed by the gathered production experiences.

In the meantime, OAE Phoenix can be seen and tested at, where anyone can sign on. Note: this environment is also used for QA purposes, and will be wiped and re-deployed every night, so no data retention and some downtime is expected.

The source code has been tagged with version number 0.2.0 can be downloaded from the following repositories:



Documentation on how to install the system can be found at

The repository containing all deployment scripts can be found at

Get in touch

The project website can be found at The project blog will be updated with the latest project news from time to time, and can be found at

The mailing list used for Apereo OAE is You can subscribe to the mailing list at

Bugs and other issues can be reported in our issue tracker at


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Apereo (Sakai) Conference Call For Proposals

Inaugural Apereo Foundation Conference
Opening Minds to Open Solutions
June 2-7, 2013
San Diego Westin – San Diego, CA


Deadline for Proposals: March 4, 2013

Mark your calendars, set aside your beach towel, and get ready to share your success stories at our first Apereo conference in San Diego, CA!  If you haven’t heard the news, Jasig and Sakai, two of the pioneers of open source software in higher education, have consolidated into a newly-formed organization called the Apereo Foundation. We invite you to submit a proposal to this year’s conference!

Come to learn about – and share your experience with – the Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment to support a variety of approaches to teaching and learning; uPortal to present a unified view of campus services; CAS to offer single sign-on to multiple online resources; or Bedework to deliver a robust calendaring solution. Engage with the dreamers and designers of uMobile, a framework for innovative mobile solutions.  See the latest release and contribute to the vision of the Sakai Open Academic Environment, a next-generation approach to promote effective learning, teaching and research online. Share your successes on, and ask your peers about, raising campus awareness and ultimately adoption of open initiatives through “The 2-3-98 Project.”

We welcome your proposals. Don’t forget, the deadline for submissions is March 4, 2013.  Share your great work with the community and spark new developments through a track presentation, showcase night demo, or birds of a feather event.

The Apereo conference in San Diego is a global networking point for practitioners. There will be opportunities during and around the conference for meeting, sharing, and learning from others in our global community. Join us in Opening Minds to Open Solutions!
We look forward to your proposal.


Ian Dolphin, Executive Director, Apereo Foundation
Patty Gertz, Associate Director, Apereo Foundation
Jim Helwig, Planning Committee Chair
Alan Regan, Program Committee Chair


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Sakai Foundation and JASIG vote to merge

From Ian Dolphin:

I would like to report the results of the recent ballots on the merger of the Sakai Foundation and Jasig.

Sakai: 58 Members voted for the merger, 3 voted against, and 3 abstained. 13 Members did not register a vote.


Jasig: 40 Members voted for the merger, 1 voted against, and 1 abstained. 5 Members did not register a vote

Thanks to organisational representatives in both organisations who took the time to appreciate the issues and cast their vote. Minutes of the teleconferences which took place last week, together with a voting record, will be made available shortly.

We will now proceed with the remaining legal steps to bring the two organisations together as the Apereo Foundation. Further announcements of progress will be made in coming weeks.

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EuroSakai in Paris 28-30 Jan 2013

From Ian Dolphin:

I am pleased to announce the 2013 EuroSakai Conference, in association with ESUP and Jasig. The event will be hosted by University P.M. Curie (UPMC-Sorbonne Universités) at its Jussieu Campus in Paris between January 28th and 30th.

An ESUP Days event will follow on January 31st, at University Paris-Descartes, only 900m from the EuroSakai event.

An early web site is available at

Watch out for more details in coming weeks!

Recently added:

The call for papers for the 2013 European Sakai and Jasig Conference, held in conjunction with ESUP Days, is now available at

The deadline for submissions is December 7th, 2013, and the conference itself takes place in Paris between January 28-30th.

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2013 Sakai Conference announced

I am pleased to announce that the 2013 Sakai and Jasig Conference will take place at the  Westin San Diego, California, between Monday 3rd June and Thursday 6th June 2013. Sunday 2nd June is reserved for pre-conference workshops, project and other community meetings. Limited space is available on Friday 7th June for similar meetings.

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Jasig and Sakai Announce Name for Proposed Foundation and Membership Vote on Merger

Shortly after the 2011 EDUCAUSE Conference, Sakai and Jasig announced a community naming process for the new, merged organization we proposed a year before. We wanted suggestions for Foundation names that were memorable and reflected the core values of the merged organization which we previously articulated in the “Value of a Common Foundation”. In announcing the outcomes of this naming process today, it is important to emphasize that the new organization will have a strong focus on existing software communities and project brands. Names such as Sakai and uPortal won’t go away, they will remain an essential element of reaching constituents old and new.

The Founding Board, which was elected by the Jasig and Sakai Foundation Boards in October (2011) to take the lead on merger decisions, is excited to announce that the name of the new organization we are proposing will be the Apereo Foundation (listen to pronunciation). The name is a combination of community suggestions, and represents the fusion of two Latin words, “aperto”, which means “open” and “mereo”, meaning merit. Given the importance of openness and meritocracy, in all its forms and flavors, to both organizations as well as the larger open-source movement, the merging of these Latin words to form Apereo resonated with the Founding Board. Combining the suggestions was also helpful in securing the domain name.

We will begin to use Apereo as the name of the proposed new organization in our communication moving forward. However this is not intended to indicate the merger is complete; nor assumed as, most importantly, a majority vote by our collective membership is required to gain approval. To this end, the announcement of the proposed Foundation name is being used to launch a larger communication initiative. Over the coming four weeks we will release additional information, the first of which will be posted the week of March 26th, and create opportunities for conversations about the path ahead. These will include discussion lists, webinars, and other opportunities for community engagement on issues related to the merger. This will culminate in a membership vote to approve the merger which will take place in late-April 2012.

Finally, those who suggested the names we selected have generously donated the prizes we were offering to participants in our forthcoming June conference. We’ll come up with some exciting ideas to put them to good use at the event!

If you have questions or comments on the name please post them to the Jasig-Sakai Collaboration Google Group (subscribe at:

Joshua Baron

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Call for Entries for the 2012 Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award

The Sakai Teaching and Learning community is seeking entries for the 5th annual Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award (TWSIA) competition. The award recognizes innovation and excellence in technology-supported teaching, academic collaboration, and student engagement. Since the first call for submissions in 2008, educators from institutions around the world have submitted their entries in the annual competition.

New this year is the creation of a separate category for portfolio sites, which will be judged by updated criteria. The other award categories are: “Higher Education: Face-to-face,” “Higher Education: Fully Online or Hybrid Course,” “Primary and Secondary Education (K-12),” and “Project Sites & Other Uses of Sakai.” We look forward to entries from those using the Sakai CLE and also those pioneering the Sakai OAE (Open Academic Environment).

Entries are now being accepted on the Open Ed Practices, which provides information for applicants on how to enter the competition, including a description of the award categories, and the rubrics and definition of innovation used to judge entries.

The closing date for entries is March 2, 2012. Winners will be notified May 1, 2012 and may have their expenses paid to Atlanta, Georgia to present their winning entries at the Jasig/Sakai Conference, June 10-15, 2012 .

To apply for the award, and for more information, please go to

Contact: 2012 TWSIA Committee Chair:

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Teaching & Learning with Sakai Webinar

Using the Sakai Melete Tool to support skills acquisition – Thursday 29 March 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. UK time

Presented by Dr Anji Gardiner, Head of Department of Health Professional Studies, University Teaching Fellow, University of Hull

More details and registration to follow

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Sakai Conference 10-15 June 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia

We are pleased to announce the first Joint Jasig/Sakai Annual Spring Conference which will be held from Sunday, June 10 until Friday, June 15, 2012 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia.

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