The September 24th issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education is
running it's Information Technology column as a special pull out
section focusing on Open Source issues in the university IT
enviornment. They include a catalog of 18 open source projects - a list
that leaves out some of the most interesting areas of development (e.g.
blogging, instant messaging, p2p collaboration, etc).
The list of articles in the section can be found at
The articles and catalog, alas, are NOT open source but require a
subscription to the Chronicle. If you are interested in a particular
article, drop me email, and I'll send you a PDF file suitable for
framing ... er ... printing :)
18 open-source projects in higher education
+ moodle : http://moodle.org : A software package to help professors
build Web sites for their courses. Its developers say Moodle is better
suited than other course-management systems to help foster a "social
constructionist" style of teaching, which focuses on having students
learn actively or teach one another by working in groups. The
software's interface is available in 40 languages.
+ Pachyderm : http://www.nmc.org/projects/lo/pachyderm.shtml : A
software package designed to help users build flashy online "museum"
exhibits or course Web pages. The resulting Web pages can be used
within course-management systems like Blackboard or Sakai.
+ Sakai : http://www.sakaiproject.org : A comprehensive software system
to help professors build course Web sites. The project is led by four
universities: Indiana University, the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and Stanford
University. It is supported by a $2.4-million grant from the Andrew W.
Mellon Foundation. Sakai's leaders have formed a partnership with
uPortal, so that programmers for both projects will try to make their
software work together seamlessly.
Libraries and Archives
+ DSpace : http://www.dspace.org : Software for setting up digital
library collections on the Web. DSpace is used mainly by universities
to create "institutional repositories," where research by an
institution's faculty members is stored and usually available free to
others. Library officials hope such repositories will offer an
alternative to traditional scholarly publishing in high-priced
+ E-Prints : http://www.eprints.org : Allows users to create their own
online archives of data, called "self archives," to be shared with
+ Fedora : http://www.fedora.info : A digital-repository management
system developed by Cornell University and the University of Virginia
supported by $2.4-million in grants from the Andrew W. Mellon
+ Kepler : http://kepler.cs.odu.edu : A system designed to help build
small archives of academic papers or other documents in a way that is
easily searchable by library search engines. Developed by Old Dominion
University Digital Library Research Group, with a grant from the
National Science Foundation.
+ Digital Document Assembly Kit : no URL yet : A tool to create and
view electronic books that include images and other rich media. Being
developed at the University of Southern California's Institute for the
Future of the Book, with a $1.4-million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation. Expected in fall 2005.
+ uPortal : http://www.uportal.org : Software that helps colleges set
up customized campus portals, which are Web gateways for students and
professors. A typical campus portal gives students a one-stop Web page
to access information on their courses, transcripts, financial records,
campus announcements, notices of events, and links to other campus
resources. A nonprofit organization called the Java Architectures
Special Interest Group, known as JA-SIG, which promotes the use of the
Java programming language in higher education. The software was
developed with a $770,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
uPortal's leaders have formed a partnership with Sakai, and programmers
in both projects will try to make their software work together.
+ CampusEAI 'Portlets' : http://www.campuseai.org : A set of modular
software plug-ins for campus portal software, called "portlets," which
add features to existing campus Web services. The abbreviation in the
name stands for Enterprise Application Integration.
+ Open Source Portfolio Initiative (E-Portfolio) :
http://www.theospi.org : The framework for an institution to offer
students or others a tool to build personal portfolios of their work on
the Web. It is designed as a way for college students to track and
showcase their academic and extracurricular work so that prospective
employers and graduate schools can review the candidate's output. Being
developed by the University of Minnesota, the University of Delaware,
and the R-Smart Group, a Phoenix-based company that offers technical
support for users of open-source software.
+ Chandler :
A personal-information manager that provides and integrates e-mail
browsing, calendar, contact management and task management, notes, and
instant messages. Being developed by the Open Source Applications
Foundation, a nonprofit group developing open-source software that was
begun in 2001. The project has won a $1.5-million grant from the Andrew
W. Mellon Foundation and $1.25-million from the 25 colleges and
universities that are part of the Common Solutions Group, an informal
organization supporting technology in higher education.
+ LionShare : http://lionshare.its.psu.edu/main : A peer-to-peer
file-sharing network that allows organizing and searching of academic
information within groups. From the Pennsylvania State University, with
a $1.1-million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
+ Kualu : http://www.kuali.org : A financial-information system for
colleges designed to help an institution manage accounting, billing,
e-commerce, budgeting, and other campus functions. Expected in 2006.
+ Shibboleth : http://shibboleth.internet2.edu : Provides
"authentication" for Web sites, the mechanism that asks users for an ID
and password and allows only authorized users to gain access to the
+ Pubcookie : http://www.pubcookie.org : Creates a common
authentication system for different Web-server platforms. Being
developed by the University of Washington, with support from Carnegie
Mellon and the University of Wisconsin, as well as an Internet2 grant.
+ Signet : http://middleware.internet2.edu/signet : Works with
authentication software to help determine how much information on a Web
site each registered user should have access to. From Stanford
University and the National Science Foundation's National Middleware
+ Globus : http://www.globus.org : Provides technologies needed to
build computational grids that allow software to integrate instruments,
displays, and computational and informational resources. Argonne
National Laboratory's Mathematics and Computer Science Division, the
University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute, the
University of Chicago's Distributed Systems Laboratory, the University
of Edinburgh in Scotland, and the Swedish Center for Parallel
Section: Information Technology
Volume 51, Issue 5, Page B5