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10 ways to make a good Sakai release


Lots of people have been contributing to Sakai from the beginning with the following goal: making it better for local and general use. Whether you're using Sakai, doing support, training, maintenance or other tasks on a local implementation, providing functionality, asking for new features, contributing or willing to contribute any other way, this presentation will give you at least 10 ways to contribute to the improvement of Sakai.


Jean Francois Leveque (UPMC), Aaron Zeckoski (Unicon), Anthony Whyte (University of Michigan)

About Presenters

Jean-François Lévêque has been involved in IT for Teaching and Learning at UPMC since 2003 running proprietary software first and then Sakai for
2.5 years to this day. Jean-François is UPMC's only Sakai technical officer working almost full time on Sakai with the help from the non-technical support and training teams. Jean-François is currently involved in diverse Sakai activities such as internationalization and localization, release management, maintenance branch management, quality assurance and Multi-Institutional Survey Initiative.

Aaron Zeckoski is a software engineer and open source software developer. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in the Sakai open source collaborative learning environment. His nine years of experience include work both as part of a university team and as an independent consultant. An experienced systems architect, Aaron has demonstrated his programming expertise in all aspects of web application development; he is a major contributor to projects such as the Sakai CLE, DSpace 2 repository, and Opencast Matterhorn. He is also experienced and interested in technical documentation, development of tools for programmers, and developer training. He is an active member of the Sakai, Opencast, and DSpace developer communities. In his spare time, he dabbles in PHP and Python and is an advocate of ReST and open source. He seeks challenging work involving web applications and service oriented architectures.

Anthony is a Senior Applications Programmer/Analyst based at the University of Michigan and the technical liaison for the Sakai Foundation. Anthony is currently involved in release management, tool development, site administration (,, community relations and advocacy. Prior to joining the Sakai, Anthony served as a developer, lead developer and ultimately Director of Systems for Strategic Interactive and Novations Learning Technologies, where he helped design, build and implement commercial learning management systems for Fortune 100 companies. A Fulbright scholar, Anthony was educated at Michigan State University and Princeton University. He is an avid cyclist and woodworker.

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