The original Sakai VRE Demonstrator project was funded by JISC from 2005-2007. It will finish in June 2007 and changes will be made to this site. We are already developing plans to sustain this work, both to continue working with the Sakai development team on framework improvements (WSRP and JSR-168) and tools and to extend its user community.
In order for this work to continue therefore, Sakai will be deployed as the principal portal framework to establish a Virtual Research Environment for the following communities:
The rest of this page documents the current project.
Sakai VRE Project Final Report [PDF]
VRE Movie JISC video showing Sakai used in VRE-1 Programme. You will need to download this and play it using a suitable application.
Sakai v2.4.0 has been released. The Sakai VRE Demonstrator will be upgraded to this version very soon.
Sakai 2.3 User Manual [PDF]
New Web site for the Agora Conferencing Tool http://agora.lancs.ac.uk
JA-SIG Sakai/ uPortal Conference, Atlanta. Christian Frenau and Miguel Gonzalez will both make presentations on their work.
NGS Portal v1.0 has been released. The Sakai VRE Demonstrator will link to the new portlets soon using WSRP.
JSR-168 and WSRP Workshop - held in Portsmouth 18-19th
Sakai Conference, Austin, Texas - 6/12/05
Some extensions to the Sakai collaboration and content management framework were proposed. Information is provided in published papers.
Sakai Framework and Tools
The major part of this work is concerned with porting open source tools into the Sakai framework for user evaluation as a Virtual Research Environment. Some extensions to the framework are also included here. These include: Shibboleth Integration; Web Services for Remote Portlets; Agora Communication Technology; JSR-168; Web Bridging Technologies; and Groupware Bridging Technologies. See tools page.
Sakai e-Research Community
The Sakai Alliance is a loose collection of individuals interested in Sakai and tools development and related portal frameworks for research-related purposes. See background here.
Additional funding has been provided by ESRC for use of Sakai in the ESRC e-Infrastructure.
Sakai Portal sites
The partners in the JISC-funded Sakai VRE Demonstrator project are Lancaster, Daresbury, Oxford and Portsmouth. The Sakai project home site is at University of Michigan.
We are hosting a public demonstrator on the server rhine.dl.ac.uk (see below) currently using Sakai 2.3.0 under the "Sakai Demonstrator" area. To see demonstrations you can also log on using account "guest" and passwd "demo". More tools are currently being tested and will be added in soon. N.B. This is a live production portal with around 250 users, and not just a demonstration site!
To log onto the Reading GridSphere demo please use id=demo, passwd=sc06demo
We also administer some collaboration tools for the e-Research programme as a whole, namely a Sakai worksite, a Wiki and a JISCMAIL list.
|Sakai e-Research site||http://collab.sakaiproject.org|
Some other portal sites are also listed where we are contributing.