SOURCE: OpenEAI Software Foundation

December 10, 2007 13:30 ET

OpenEAI Project and the University of Illinois Recognized by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Award Given for Collaborative Development of Open Source Software Tools for Higher Ed

CHAMPAIGN, IL--(Marketwire - December 10, 2007) - The OpenEAI Software Foundation, a non-profit corporation organized to develop and promote open source enterprise application integration, today announced that the University of Illinois (U. of I.) has received the 2007 Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration (MATC). The award honors not-for-profit organizations for leadership in the collaborative development of open source software tools with particular application to higher education and not-for-profit activities. The University of Illinois was recognized for its past contributions to the development of the open source OpenEAI software and for a project proposal intended to further the development of the OpenEAI software platform for enterprise application integration.

Accepting the award on behalf of the U. of I. was Douglas Vinzant, senior associate vice president for planning and administration. "The University of Illinois is honored to receive this prestigious award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation," Vinzant said. "The software has enabled us to work more easily with vendors and other units within the university, and the distribution of the software and documentation under an open source license also benefits many other organizations working to integrate their applications and implement a service-oriented architecture."

"We appreciate the support of the University of Illinois and we are very pleased to see the university and the OpenEAI Project recognized by the Mellon Foundation and the distinguished award committee," said Tod Jackson, president of the OpenEAI Software Foundation.

The awards were presented at the Fall Task Force meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information ( in Washington, DC on December 10, 2007, by Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, Director of the World Wide Web Consortium and the inventor of the World Wide Web. The recipients will be selected by the MATC Award Committee, which included Berners-Lee, Mitchell Baker (CEO, Mozilla Corporation), John Seely Brown (former Chief Scientist, Xerox Corp.), Vinton G. Cerf (Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google, Inc.), John Gage (Chief Researcher and Director of the Science Office, Sun Microsystems, Inc.), and Tim O'Reilly (Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media).

The University of Illinois will use the award to fund research assistantships for graduate students in Computer Science and other information technology related fields.

About the MATC

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is a philanthropic organization with offices in New York City and Princeton, NJ. The MATC awards are a project of the Foundation's Program in Research in Information Technology (RIT). More information about the MATC awards, including the full content of this release, is available at

About OpenEAI 4.0

OpenEAI 4.0 provides an open source architectural framework and development platform that includes a comprehensive set of software APIs, utilities, reference implementations, and other administrative tools designed to enable mission critical data integration between enterprise applications. The software is a set of foundational APIs for application development and implementing service-oriented architectures. It includes reference implementations of core enterprise services that constitute an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB). It also contains a comprehensive set of runtime management and monitoring scripts and documentation for managing deployed services and application gateways or connectors. OpenEAI also provides complete reference implementations of typical applications that use these core integration services to request information from other applications and synchronize data changes. Critical infrastructure applications such as message routers, message proxies, point-to-point destination polling applications, and testing applications are also maintained and documented by the project.

The OpenEAI Sample Enterprise includes the OpenEAI ESB along with a pre-developed set of gateways and open source applications packaged to provide immediate functionality and a ready-made environment for testing, prototyping, and pre-deployment evaluation. Sample Enterprise applications include uPortal, Sakai, CAS (Centralized Authentication Service), self-service portlets, self-service client/server applications, a data warehouse, and sample ERP systems among others. The sample enterprise includes scripts, documentation, and on-demand demonstrations to walk users through the integrations implemented for these applications.

About the OpenEAI Software Foundation

Founded as a membership-based, non-profit corporation in October 2002, the OpenEAI Software Foundation's mission is to build and sustain the OpenEAI Project by providing organizational, legal, and financial support for the OpenEAI project and closely-related endeavors. The foundation was created with the assistance of the University of Illinois and Open Integration Incorporated.

About the OpenEAI Project

The OpenEAI Project is an open source project dedicated to discovering and documenting the controlling dynamics, principles, and practices of enterprise application integration and to present, implement, and promote those findings to its members and community through the open source licensing of its software. The Project is comprised of six distinct, but closely-related departments, which address OpenEAI Methodology, Application Foundation APIs, Message Object API, Message Definitions, Reference Implementations, and Deployment and Administration that together comprise the core services of the OpenEAI ESB. The development, availability, and evolution of open source Enterprise Application Integration software is important to IT managers at enterprise corporations within all industries. More information about the OpenEAI Project software, documentation, and licensing information is available at:

About the University of Illinois

The University of Illinois ( enrolls 70,000 students at its three campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield. It has an annual operating budget of $3.9 billion. The university employs more than 23,000 faculty and staff and has more than one-half million living alumni.

The Urbana campus is a pioneer in high-speed computing and houses the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. In August of 2007, the National Science Foundation awarded the center with a $208 million grant, to be used over a 4.5 year period, to develop the world's most powerful "leadership-class" supercomputer that will go online in 2011.

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