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8th CETIS Enterprise SIG Meeting

The 8th CETIS Enterprise SIG Meeting will be held in London on Friday 3rd December from 10.30am until 4.00pm. The meeting is free, all are welcome, and lunch is provided.

Meeting registration form.

The meeting is being hosted by Sun Microsystems, and held in the Sun Customer Briefing Centre, Regis House, 45 King William Street, London. EC4R 9AN. Meeting location map (click on "map and direction" under London Customer Briefing Centre).

Draft agenda

10.30 11.00: Tea and coffee

11.00 11.15: Vashti, CETIS: Introduction

11.15 11.45: Jon Rowett, Brockenhurst: SWEET.Net

Jon will discuss implementing the IMS Enterprise Services Web Services (ESWS) Spec on the .Net
platform, and getting it to interoperate with Java; and will also discuss extending ESWS to
store and retrieve timetable information. SWEET.Net is a JISC ELF (e-Learning Framework Project).

11.45 12.00: Questions to Jon

12.00 12.45: Greg McClure, NIIMLE: Delivering student and course data through uPortal using ESWS

12.45 1.00: Questions to Greg

1.00 2.00: Lunch

2.00 2.45 Julia von Klonowski, Sun Microsystems: GELC (Global Education and Learning Community) - on and Open Source/Community Source

Founded on the principle of open collaboration, the GELC plans to address a variety of issues of great importance to the education community, including teaching and learning new technologies, vocational retraining, bridging the digital divide, and achieving full global access to top education materials and courses. To make this happen, Sun is convening education stakeholders and decision-makers, including ministers of education, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) ministers, K-12 and higher education institutions, as well as partners such as independent software vendors, standards boards and humanitarian organizations.
The centerpiece of the GELC is the dedicated Education and Learning Community portal on Java.Net. The portal, a premier, Web-based, open community, will serve as the central access point for collaboration, enabling the sharing of best practices and establishing a set of standards that will provide nations and academic institutions with universal access to services, curriculum and training. Most importantly, the portal will serve as a catalyst for driving the dialog and networking among this community of peers, which is critical to advancing innovation and forward momentum in the education industry.

2.45 3.00 Questions to Sun

3.00 3.30 Scott Wilson, CETIS: MAMS (Meta-Access Management System)

MAMS is a DEST-funded project which Scott has been working on in Australia; investigating critical issues in middleware which affect educational institutions. The initial phase has been investigating access management (authentication and authorization), both within an institution (e.g. single sign-on), and between partner institutions ('federations').
Other relevant work in this area has included a US 'Internet 2' project called Shibboleth, and the Liberty Alliance initiative within the e-business community. The MAMS project is looking at the potential of these and other technologies to be effective and practical solutions for education, and investigating how they integrate with the key educational applications within libraries, e-learning and e-science.
Scott will discuss what MAMS is investigating (including the current MAMS reference model for inter-institutional access management), what they plan to deliver, and how that could be of practical value to institutions.

3.30 3.45 Questions to Scott

3.45 4.00 Tea and coffee

Date: 03 December, 2004
Venue: Sun Microsystmes Customer Briefing Centre, London
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