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e-Framework newsletter February 2008

Last modified 21 Feb, 2008
Published 21 Feb, 2008
The latest news from the e-Framework for Education and Research Initiative.

News from the Initiative

The full newsletter is available here.

The e-Framework partners — JISC, DEEWR, the New Zealand Ministry of Education and the SURF foundation — met in Wellington, New Zealand from 30 October to 1 November 2007.

New "Getting Started" resource page is gateway to e-Framework website content

The e-Framework website now offers a better way for different target audiences to access the information that is most relevant to their needs and interests. The site's revised navigation menu shows how the content is organised and makes is easier to go directly to the desired material.

Partner's Update

Australian's DEST becomes DEEWR

"A new Government led by the Leader of the Australian Labor party, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP, was sworn in by the Governor-General on 3 December 2007”.

Ministry of Education, New Zealand – New Ministers for Education

Late in 2007 there was a Cabinet reshuffle, resulting in a new Minister of Education, Hon. Chris Carter, and a new Minister for Tertiary Education, Hon. Pete Hodgson.

Summit on Innovation in Learning Technology – Queenstown, NZ

The inaugural New Zealand Summit on Innovation in Learning Technology was hosted jointly by the Ministry of Education and IMS Global Learning Consortium, Inc. from 7 - 9 November 2007 in Queenstown.

New Director on Board for IMS Global Learning Consortium, Inc.

Murray Leach, senior manager in New Zealand’s Ministry of Education, has been elected to the Board of Directors for IMS Global Learning Consortium, Inc.

Updated "soa Animation" Frames

To further realize the benefits of the JISC funded soa Animation, a revised ending storyboard is being compiled.

Mapping Security SUMs to the e-Framework

JISC has funded a 6 month project which is to map existing security work to the e-Framework.

Standards and Technical News

Developing interoperability standards for SURFshare

The SURFshare programme intends to create a common infrastructure that will facilitate access to complex research information objects and make it possible for researchers to share and use such information in collaborative ways.

Enterprise Architecture approach to service oriented development

The JISC and SURF have been focusing efforts on the Enterprise Architecture approach to service oriented development at the institutional level.

PILIN - “Strengthening Australia's ability to use global identifier infrastructure”

The PILIN (Persistent Identifier Linking Infrastructure) project has been successfully completed and the final report can be found on the project website or directly as a PDF document.

Launch of OASIS’s IDtrust

The OASIS IDtrust Member Section introduces IDtrust, a community gathering place and information resource for identity and trusted infrastructure standards including the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), Digital Signature Services (DSS) OASIS Standard, Enterprise Key Management Infrastructure (EKMI), Extensible Resource Identifier (XRI), and other related specifications.

Events and Reports

Report from the JISC CETIS Conference 2007: Beyond Standards

The JISC CETIS conference: "Beyond Standards - Holistic Approaches to Educational Technology and Interoperability" was held on 20 and 21 November 2007 at the Lakeside Conference Centre, Aston, Birmingham.

Open Repositories Conference 2008

JISC is sponsoring the third international conference on open repositories in Southampton, UK, in April 2008.

IMS Global Learning Impact Awards - Austin, Texas

New Zealand has three finalists competing in the annual IMS Global Learning Impact Awards to be held in May 2008. Annual Open Forum for Metadata registries – Sydney

This Open Forum is the eleventh annual forum in a series of international conferences about topics related to metadata, registries, interoperability, and semantics.

OASIS – Open Standards 2008 “Composability within SOA Symposium”

The OASIS Technical Advisory Board announced the program for the consortium's annual symposium, Open Standards 2008, which will be held in Santa Clara, California, 28 April - 1 May.


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