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Oxford, Cambridge, UHI and Hull announce Tetra Collaboration


Last modified 13 Oct, 2006
Published 13 Oct, 2006
Yesterday the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Hull, and the UHI Millennium Institute announced the formation of the Tetra Collaboration which will: "work together on projects that address the needs of education, research, technical infrastructure, service oriented architectures (SOA), federated systems, and application frameworks....(and) will demonstrate the potential of the JISC's e-framework".

Full Press Release

Announcing the Tetra Collaboration

http://www.bodington.org

and: http://bodington.org/tetra.php

University of Oxford

University of Cambridge

UHI Millennium Institute

University of Hull

The Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Hull, and the UHI Millennium Institute announce the formation of the Tetra Collaboration [1], the outcome of a series of meetings and a major summit held at the University of Oxford on the 25th-26th September 2006.

The goal of the Tetra Collaboration is to coordinate activities across the member organisations so as to more efficiently develop and deploy open source enterprise applications of use to UK and European universities and colleges. By working together we can share common solutions to better serve the needs of students and academics, and each of the institutions named is committed to making tangible contributions into the collaboration. [2]

The Tetra Collaboration will work together on projects that address the needs of education, research, technical infrastructure, service oriented architectures (SOA), federated systems, and application frameworks.

Tetra will demonstrate the potential of the JISC's e-framework [3], will be built on open standards and IMS specifications, and is committed to developing sustainable community source solutions for education [4].

One of the first Tetra projects will be to continue the work of the Bodington [5] open source learning management system to produce Bodington - Next Generation or Bodington NG. This will combine elements of the Sakai open source framework with the pedagogically strong Bodington toolset. A major design goal of Bodington NG is to develop and implement an SOA enterprise e-framework.

It will provide a smooth transition for existing Bodington users to the Bodington NG platform, preserving and extending the trusted enterprise functionality used daily by these institutions. The Tetra Collaboration is open to working with other institutions who wish to join this exciting effort.

Tetra will both maintain and evolve the Bodington user interface as well as making the Bodington toolset available to Sakai users. The joint effort between Sakai and Tetra will then begin collaboratively to merge the Bodington toolset with the Sakai framework, as well as extend the latter to accommodate the full range of Tetra's pedagogical and institutional requirements.

"This is an exciting development for the Sakai community. Tetra's Bodington NG effort will be a significant enhancement to Sakai - many of the features needed by Bodington NG, and already available in Bodington, have been high on the list of needed Sakai features around the world."

Charles Severance, Executive Director, Sakai Foundation

"Tetra is an exciting development for Bodington, Sakai, and open source collaboration and development in UK higher and further education."

Randy Metcalfe, Manager, OSS Watch

"It will be exciting to see the Bodington tools and pedagogy to continue to evolve and to be made available to the broader Sakai community."

Jon Maber, Bodington designer

"We see in Tetra a vehicle for realizing an important institutional objective of developing and deploying an eFramework enterprise solution."

Sean Mehan, Head of e-Frameworks, UHI Millennium Institute

"Oxford is pleased to be part of the Tetra Collaboration and to continue its support of the development of tools in response to the needs of UK University teachers and students, which can be freely used by others"

Stuart Lee, Director, Oxford University Computing Services

"We are looking forward to working closely with UHI, Oxford and Hull in the Tetra Collaboration. Tetra offers a model for sustainable development of software solutions that address the special requirements of scholarship in academia for our institutions and the wider world."

John Norman, Director, CARET, University of Cambridge

"The Tetra collaboration offers a significant opportunity to pool expertise and help to realise the potential of a flexible, service-oriented approach for Higher Education enterprise software. This will better enable the partner institutions to meet the needs of learners and staff into the future."

Ian Dolphin, Head of eStrategy and eServices Integration, University of Hull

References

[1] The four signatory institutions are represented on the Tetra Collaboration Board, whose members are Stuart Lee (Oxford), John Norman (Cambridge), Alun Hughes (UHI) and Ian Dolphin (Hull).

[2] Relevant technologies deployed by the signatory institutions include Bodington, Sakai, uPortal, DSpace, Fedora

[3] http://www.e-framework.org

[4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_source

[5] http://www.bodington.org - Bodington was initially developed at Leeds University and is currently in production use at the University of Leeds, the University of Oxford, and UHI Millennium Institute.

Via Stuart Lee

 

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