Sakai Amsterdam 2007: The State of the Union

Michael Feldstein, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Jun 19, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Michael Feldstein takes the pulse of the Sakai project (Sakai is an enterprise level Java based open source learning management system (and more)) and concludes, "I can honestly say that I have never been more hopeful about the future of Sakai than I am today." This conclusion is not so much an assessment of the state of the technology (which can change rapidly) but of the community. "The Sakai community seems to have suddenly shifted into a different gear," he writes. Among the major changes: a commitment to transparency, a sense of ownership from non-developer stakeholders, openness to change, and commitment to usability, quality and standards support. These are exactly the things I pointed to when I reviewed Sakai a bit more than a year ago, so this report is heartening.
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