The CompreHensive collaborativE Framework (CHEF) project is developing a flexible environment for supporting distributed learning and collaborative work, and carrying out research.
This project is staffed by members of the University of Michigan School of Information, Media Union and Medical School. The developers are working closely with and are contributing to the OKI reference architecture from the Mellon Foundation and are collaborating with other groups interested in open source collaboration standards.
Target user communities include those involved in the scholarly activities of teaching, learning and research at the University of Michigan, and their students and colleagues involved in teaching, learning and research that are outside of the Michigan community.
CHEF is aimed at making available a set of functional elements that can be easily configured by users to accomplish a wide variety of activities. This framework supports existing and emerging capabilities, and seeks to make the integration of new functionality as easy as possible. It provides organization for the disparate functionality used to support research, collaborative and learning activities and combines locally developed, commercial off the shelf and free off the shelf components including various tools which have been found to be widely useful.
There is much commonality in the needs and tools used by people in the communities identified and the CHEF developers have seen the emergence of frameworks for user configurable toolset delivery. CHEF mobilizes that experience in the effort to develop a comprehensive framework to support these activities, and to make this framework available for wide use.
The following table shows some existing projects using CHEF:
|in the UK|
|InfoPortal v3.0||Daresbury||migrating tools|
|e-HTPX||Daresbury||evaluating and developing portlets initially as JSPs|
|NGS||Daresbury||porting HPCPortal and OGCE tools|
|in the USA|
|CMCS||PNNL||using with Ecce meta-data tools|
|Alliance Grid||Indiana||using with Xportlets|
|NPACI Grid||Texas||using with HotPoage GPIR|
|U. Michigan||WTNG and CTNG tools migrating to Sakai|
|MIT||tools migrating to Sakai|
|Stanford||tools migrating to Sakai|
|Indiana||tools migrating to Sakai|