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In Summer 2012, at the Sakai North American Conference, a brainstorming session with users about desired mobile capabilities for Sakai helped define the specific programming work necessary to mobilize Sakai. This work was defined as: 1) upgrading the entity broker to enable communication and integration across all Sakai CLE Core tools; 2) enhancing existing Core tools to take advantage of improved Entity Broker capabilities; c) enhance selected Contrib tools (i.e. Mneme, Melete) as identified by contributing institutions. Subsequently, Flying Kite, an Australian consulting firm and a Sakai Commercial Affiliate already involved with the mobile effort on a voluntary basis, was invited to further define the necessary programming effort and to prepare a cost proposal. That proposal was submitted in August 2012.

The Project Manager subsequently contracted with Flying Kite the SCA to complete the defined work. All code written under this project is being submitted to the Sakai Project as open/community source code under the standard operational models of the Apereo Foundation.

Costs & Fundraising: 

$45,000 (AUD) to complete all projected programming work identified above.

The University of Florida has agreed to fund the base programming for this project, providing $50,000 (USD). The Project Manager, with support from the steering committee, the Sakai Foundation and Board, along with any other volunteers, will solicit any additional, sustainability funding from other institutions, as needed.

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Many of these details are already posted at the Mobile Sakai project site [https://confluence.sakaiproject.org/display/MOBILE/Home], so I will not repeat them here. Perhaps most importantly, the Steering Committee has selected Flying Kite, a Sakai Commercial Affiliate in Canberra Australia [https://www.facebook.com/flyingkiteAU] to handle the programming for this project, so knowledge of and familiarity with Sakai are obviously not a concern. I should also note that all code developed under Project Keitai will be contributed to the Sakai Foundation and will become part of he generally available code base.

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“On the ground” things have moved much slower than I would like; to a great extent because Project Keitai was caught up in the broader currents of the Apereo merger. As a result, legal review and approval of the Memorandum of Understanding took about 3 months and the contract between the Sakai Foundation and Flying Kite is still pending, but should be resolved within a few days. I know some work has been done on the mobile code; but as of yet, full-scale production is not happening. Furthermore, I have been in contact with a couple schools and institutions (Oxford, Samoo) that have already done some mobile code work on the CLE and are willing to contribute; so that will expedite overall progress. In fact, Samoo (www.samoo.es) has committed up to 200 hours of programmer time to this effort; so grateful thanks to Diego del Blanco Orobitg and his colleagues

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