EuroSakai 2011: Focusing on European Adoption, 26-28 Sept

From Frank Benneker

EuroSakai 2011

Sakai is returning to Amsterdam for 2011 edition of EuroSakai. It will be held on the same beautiful waterfront as the 2007 Sakai conference, the dates are: 26 – 28 September 2011.

The main theme of EuroSakai 2011 is “Focusing on European Adoption”. Over the past years, Sakai has seen increased adoption by institutions and the community has grown steadily. However, the adoption of Sakai in Europe lags behind, particularly in comparison to Northern America. At the same time, higher and tertiary education in Europe are also confronted with budget constraints, and the end of many existing product licenses. A number of European institutions that had previously not considered open source software are now starting to give it serious consideration. Awareness of the benefits and flexibility of open source, and the possibility of collaborating between renowned institutions needs to be fostered in Europe. Meanwhile, policy makers such as the European Commission Digital Agenda are encouraging use of open standards and open source software. All summed up, the conference takes place at a time of great opportunities for Sakai.

Conference Themes

We encourage the presentations to fit within one of the following themes. However, other suggestions are also welcomed.

  • Adopting Sakai, best practices in implementation, support and teaching
  • Expanding in Europe, new audiences
  • Quality Assurance in Code and Practice
  • Internationalisation and localisation
  • Innovation in Education and Technology

The registration fee is 100 EUR for Foundation Members and € 125 for Non-Members.

More Information and a link to the registration are available on sakaiproject.org website: http://sakaiproject.org/news/eurosakai-2011-amsterdam-netherlands

If you are planning to attend this conference please visit the web site and register as soon as possible. We send also an special invitation to all the (South-) African & Middle East Sakai members to join the conference.

About PRESENTATION & WORKSHOP PROPOSALS

Please we need all your collaboration for the conference presentations. If you think you have any good experience to talk about, a new tool to show or any good practice you want to share, please think about doing a presentation in the conference.

Presentation proposals can be sent to the conference e-email address : proposals@eurosakai.nl

Additional information, registration, programme and forms for call for proposals on the conference website (under construction):

http://communities.uva.nl/portal/site/6f062541-29d2-40a0-a9dc-80d1b4a13b1a

More Information: please contact us at: info@eurosakai.nl

On behalf of organizing committee, see you in Amsterdam

Frank Benneker (UvA) & Jaeques Koeman (Edia)

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