March 17, 2008 09:30 ET

JA-SIG Spring Conference Positioned as Premier Open Source Event for Higher Education in 2008

Community Source Partners Include CAS, DSpace, Fedora Commons, Fluid, Internet2, Kuali, Sakai and uPortal

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - March 17, 2008) - JA-SIG, the non-profit organization focusing on the sharing of open technology in higher education, today announced that its JA-SIG Spring 2008 Conference will be expanded to include partners, communities, and solutions for CAS, DSpace, Fedora, Fluid, Internet2 Middleware, Kuali, Sakai, and uPortal. The conference, to be held April 27-30, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota, promises to be the premier open source event for higher education in 2008. The conference, themed as "Higher Education Solutions: The Community Source Way!", will feature seminars, presentations, panels, poster sessions, and various educational tracks showcasing cutting-edge community source solutions from each of the collaborating projects. Also at the conference will be a number of commercial partners demonstrating their capabilities and experience with community source projects. For more information on the conference or to register, visit:

"This year's spring conference is setting a new benchmark in participation and cooperation between all of the major open source communities that have a strong footprint in higher education," said Jonathan Markow, Executive Director of JA-SIG. "For any academic institution considering open source solutions or wondering about their deployment options, this conference will provide them with numerous detailed implementation examples, strategies, and assistance in making their decisions."

"The Higher Education Solutions conference will be an educational opportunity for all of us," said Barry Walsh, Associate VP of Enterprise Software at Indiana University and a long time advocate and participant in various community source initiatives such as JA-SIG, Sakai and Kuali. "Developers will be able to share technologies across their respective projects, managers will have a chance to discuss implementation and support issues with each other, and campus IT planners will be able to compare views on the role of community source applications within the institution."

Spring 2008 Conference Overview

Presentations, seminars, tutorials, and case studies will focus on the following topics and be delivered in a variety of formats including half-day seminars, one-hour lecture style presentations, roundtable discussions, informal "birds of a feather" discussions, and show-and-tell style poster session demonstrations.

Community Source Management/Governance: These tracks are designed specifically to answer questions and provide answers for C-Level executives. What are best practices for managing community source projects or their deployments on campus? How does one encourage adoption? How does one gain acceptance and campus buy-in? How do you engage your community in the process?

Design and Development: For developers, architects, user interface designers, testers.

Deployment and Integration: Presentations will highlight work that integrates community source projects within the enterprise infrastructure and with each other.

General Interest: Community source application overviews.

Spring Conference Community Partners

CAS - provides enterprise single sign on service.

DSpace - captures data in any format, indexes and preserves it, and distributes it over the Web.

Fedora - provides sustainable technologies to create, manage, publish, share and preserve digital content as a basis for intellectual, organizational, scientific and cultural heritage.

Fluid - helps improve the usability and accessibility of community open source projects with a focus on academic software for universities.

Internet2 - advanced networking consortium promotes and provides leading-edge network capabilities and unique partnership opportunities that together facilitate the development, deployment and use of revolutionary Internet technologies.

Kuali - brings the proven functionality of legacy applications for higher education to the ease and universality of online services.

Sakai - provides an online collaboration and learning environment supporting teaching and learning, ad hoc group collaboration, support for portfolios, and research collaboration.

uPortal - uPortal is the leading open source enterprise portal framework built for and by the higher education community.

About JA-SIG

JA-SIG, Inc., is a non-profit (501(c)3), international consortium of educational institutions and commercial affiliates supporting open source software development and promoting open computing architectures for higher education. JA-SIG has been in operation for over seven years, holding semi-annual conferences and sponsoring open source software applications like uPortal, the enterprise-grade portal solution; CAS, a flexible Central Authentication Service deployed for single sign-on; and HyperContent, lightweight but powerful web content management. For more information, visit the JA-SIG website at

Contact Information

  • Organization Contact:
    Jonathan Markow
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