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What people are saying about Sakai. Public announcements or published articles highlighting Sakai deployments, developments & pilot projects.

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This page is no longer being updated (post-Dec. 2009).
Sakai in the news information is now being updated on the Sakai website using the "Sakai in the News" taxonomy tag. These items can be accessed at the following URL

FYI: I use a Google alert to get automatic notifications of Sakai-related news items (To try and to filter out Japanese film stars and cities, etc., through trial and error I've come up with a search string that filters out most of the "junk"): <sakai AND (open OR Foundation OR learning OR education -Phantasy -Osaka -Noriko -Satoshi -Suomi -Sakai-Government -city-of-Sakai -Compaction-Information)-System -Miyuki -knives -Daniel -Stan -Sony -Rafu -Isamu -Peter-Sakai -Osaka -Takehiko>

You can also use this search string as an ad hoc Google News search:
or a Google Discussions (mail lists) search:
or a Google Blog serach:

Pieter Hartsook

Past News Items


IBM Advances Research through Cloud Computing to Help Solve Real-World Problems

- from Mon. September 28, 2009;

The Higher Education Alliance for Leadership Through Health (HEALTH Alliance), East Africa
The HEALTH Alliance, a consortium of seven universities, is working with IBM and industry experts to extend education through virtual computing labs that students access remotely. Through this cloud, students of the Alliance will have access to the most advanced educational materials, select software applications, and computing and storage resources, without incurring the expense of maintaining and powering full computing environments.

Additionally, while leveraging the IBM Cloud Computing Center in South Africa as an incubator, IBM is helping the Alliance create a solution that will run a cloud computing center without having to actually house the center initially. IBM is partnering with rSmart to deploy Sakai, an open source learning management system, that once powered by Linux on an IBM System z mainframe and IBM Tivoli Services Automation Manager, will provide Sakai learning management services from the IBM South Africa Cloud Computing Center for the HEALTH Alliance to use.

The goal for the HEALTH Alliance cloud solution is to migrate from the South Africa Cloud Computing Center to an on-site cloud hosted at one of the seven participating universities over time, establishing a showcase cloud computing solution aimed at educating the next generation of healthcare leaders and impacting social outcome. The HEALTH Alliance, dedicated to promoting the strategic use of technology in public health training, plans to establish a Public Healthcare Center of Excellence, designed to provide Sub-Saharan Africa readily available healthcare and education services.

The universities included in the Alliance include universities in Kenya, Jimma University, Ethiopia; University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania; and Makerere University, Uganda. The Alliance, legally registered in Uganda, is led by Dr. William Bazeyo, Deputy Dean of Makerere University School of Public Health (MUSPH). For more information on the Alliance's activities, visit .

US Navel Postgraduate School evaluating Sakai

NPS is evaluating Sakai Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE) an open source, web based learning management system which allows Instructors and Students to store and retrieve course material, communicate with each other and track student progress through the course. In addition to course sites the CLE can host project sites where project members can share documents and collaborate. The CLE is accessible from any web connected device using your NPS username and password.

University of Florida Adopts Sakai to be New E-Learning System

- from Teaching with Technology University of Florida Academic Technology Newsletters, Posted on Friday, July 10th, 2009.

After an 8-month evaluation process, the University of Florida has selected the open source Sakai course management system to be the new course management system. By choosing an open source system, UF joins a growing trend among colleges and universities.

click2try(TM) Adds Sakai CLE to Open Source Catalog

Houston, TX, June 9, 2009 — click2try, a community site that makes it easy to try and use Open Source software, today announced it has added Sakai CLE to its online catalog of Open Source applications.

iRubric For Sakai Launches At The Indiana University

Reazon Systems, Inc., a leading provider of education technologies, announced the launching of its iRubric for Sakai integration in collaboration with the Indiana University School of Education for Fall 2009. iRubric Assessment and Standards Management System has been fully integrated with OnCourse CLE, Indiana University's version of Sakai.

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