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ARTICLE III Purposes and Mission

3.1 Purpose.

The Sakai Foundation is dedicated to the design and development of collaborative, open source code, software efforts that are targeted at supporting education, research and related scholarly activities.

3.2 Mission.

The mission of Sakai is:
a) To deliver the Sakai application framework and associated collaboration, research, and teaching and learning environment tools and components that are designed to work together for education course management, research support and various forms of collaboration;
b) To support research, collaboration and community building around the Sakai application framework and associated research and learning environment tools and components that are designed to work together for education course management, research support and various forms of collaboration;
c) To solicit grants and other funding to permit the development and refinement of the Sakai application framework and associated research and learning environment tools and components that are designed to work together for education course management, research support and various forms of collaboration;
d) To promote economic efficiencies for IT in education and research settings through cooperation, leverage of shared investments and innovation.
e) To engage in such activities permitted under the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act incident or beneficial to the foregoing purposes;
f) To serve as an effective voice for open and community source software for research, collaboration, and teaching and learning environment efforts in education.

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7 Comments

  1. I think the mission as it's here stated seems a little too murky. Perhaps a result of trying to squeeze (in paraphrase) "collaboration, research, education, and related good stuff" into every line. Each bullet point gets buried under its earnest desire to not leave anything out. Could we improve it by separating things out into their respective pieces?

    • deliver the application framework
    • deliver a CLE that leverages this framework
    • to support ongoing development, etc.

    Did a lawyer insist on point (e)? (wink) And maybe that renders my suggestions moot: this is not meant to be read, it's meant to stand up in court.

    1. It's a mix, both meant to be read, and to be something that answers the legal questions correctly when asked. Point (e) did come from the lawyer's suggestions, as much of the outline for this did. One of the audiences of such bylaws is the IRS, who will rule on our tax exempt status (commonly referred to as "501 c3" status, since that is the section of the code we will be applying under).

  2. Overall, I agree with the intent, but I agree with Clay that it could be more succinct. It seems to me that we are talking about two main things here, a) the development and maintenance of code and tools, and b) The community and activities (research, "being a voice") that sustain the tools and code. Only point A directly addresses the shared code you have, Joseph points toward the tools and code. I think we could probably combine the other points (maybe not point e!) to make a strong community/collaboration point.

  3. It may be a trivial point, but I would be inclinded to refer to "an application framework and associated ...." rather than "the Sakai application framework and associated ..." Using the name Sakai begs the question "what do you mean by that?" and I think the only useful definition would be "whatever is in SVN from time to time"

  4. Unknown User (pmcquesten@calstate.edu)

    Responding to "d", I think promotion of open standards is as important, if not more important, to the mission of the Sakai Foundation and its community of educational institutions as the promotion of economic efficiencies for IT. For many institutions, the decision to move to participation in open source communities is driven more by a commitment to move away from proprietary exclusivity toward open standards than a belief of realizing some potential positive economic impact. With such a statement in the mission, the Sakai Foundation would then philosophically link to the broader open education efforts across the globe. That philosophical commitment may also serve as a better platform for sustaining community involvement than counting on a shared belief in doing things more cheaply.

    1. Good point. I think this should be included. Got any particular words to express exactly what you are proposing?

      1. Unknown User (pmcquesten@calstate.edu)

        Okay- here is one possibility. It was harder to capture this in words than I expected and I'm still not satisfied with the result. But the benefit of a platform like this is that others can wordsmith it to be much better. I would list this as a separate item, not combined with economic efficiency.

        To engage in the development and propagation of open standards for addressing IT, data and information needs in education and research settings through cooperation with other similar efforts across the globe