Course Identifiers / Eduperson /
Enterprise Services Toolkits /ePortfolios /
Interoperability / ioNode /
MLEs / OKI and OSIDs / Portals /
Sakai / Shibboleth / SIF / Web Services /
A project to further the development of course data elements for higher education.
Course identifier standardisation
Article by Wilbert Kraan for CETIS website, about MACE-course ID.
(eXchanging Course Related Information).
The XCRI project aims to define a generic course description specification for the UK.
EDUCAUSE/Internet2 eduPerson object class.
Sourceforge Project Page for the IMS
Enterprise Software Development Kit.
Sweet.net: Enterprise Web Services Toolkit with Timetable
Extensions for Microsoft.net.
Using the Enterprise SDK to create
a minimal IMS Enterprise web service (Scott Wilson)
Services - the REST version (Scott Wilson)
IMS ePortfolio Specification
ePortfolio Part 1 (Scott Wilson)
ePortfolio Part 2 (Scott Wilson)
Towards interoperability of learner
information: PDP, e-portfolio, transcript
Website designed by Simon Grant of the Centre for Recording Achievement to support the JISC MLES
for Lifelong Learning Projects, and anyone interested in this area.
ELF (E-Learning Framework) website.
The ELF (an initiative by JISC, UK; DEST, Australia; LSAL, US; etc) is a reference model which
breaks up the functions required by educational institutions (e.g. timetabling, assessment, etc)
into separate "services", rather than replicating these functions in large "monolithic" systems
(e.g. VLEs, Student Record Systems, etc).
JISC e-Learning Programme:
Technical Framework and Tools Strand.
JISC e-Learning Focus: supporting the JISC e-Learning
A website with news and articles about the JISC e-Learning Programme.
A non-technical guide to technical
frameworks: Part One (Sarah Holyfield)
A non-technical guide to technical frameworks: Part Two(Sarah Holyfield).
The case for a technical
framework to support MLEs and e-Learning.
Article by Scott Wilson of CETIS, proposing a shift from "giant components" (VLE, Student Records,
Library Management Systems) to a services oriented architecture.
IMS Abstract Framework (PDF)
"The IMS Abstract Framework (IAF) is a device to enable the IMS to describe the context within
which it will continue to develop its eLearning technology specifications. This framework is not
an attempt to define the IMS architecture, rather it is a mechanism to define the set of services
for which IMS may or may not produce a set of interoperability specifications."
Same area, different goals; Sakai and
the JISC Framework Programme.
Article by Wilbert Kraan for CETIS website.
White Paper: a comparison between the
JISC and Sakai Frameworks.
Article by Mark Norton of the Sakai Project.
e-Learning Frameworks and Tools: Is it too late? - The Director's cut.
Paper by Derek Morrison for ALT-C 2004.
Report on the Technical Evaluation of the
JISC funded Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland Managed Learning Environments Programme (SWANI).
Report on the JISC SWANI projects, investigating the transfer of data between systems. Written by Tom Franklin, of
ioNode: A framework for interoperability 1.0.
A white paper written by Selwyn Lloyd (Phosphorix) and John Bigerstaff (SHELL), with contributions
from James Bennett, Wynne Rees and Terry Rourke. ioNode is an open source middleware.
Creating MLEs Infokit
A infokit commissioned by JISC and edited by Sarah Holyfield, full of advice and experience to
assist people developing Managed Learning Environments.
OKI (Open Knowledge Initiative)
OKI is a colloboration between universities and specification organizations to create an open and
extensible architecture that specifies how the components of an educational software environment
communicate with each other and with other enterprise systems.
OSIDs (Open Service Interface Definitions)
OSIDs have been developed by OKI for a range of functions including: Authorization, Authentication, Hierarchy, Scheduling,
Usermessaging and so forth.
uPortal is a free, open source customizable portal developed collaboratively by a number of
Beginners Guide to
A beginners guide to uPortal written by Lee Chamberlain, Margaret Nah Juahkah and Robert Sherratt
for the JISC funded PORTAL project at the University of Hull.
PORTAL Project, University of Hull
The University of Hull's JISC funded PORTAL Project, which uses uPortal software.
A collaboration between the uPortal consortium and the universities of Michigan, Stanford, MIT and
Indiana to create a standards based, open source portal or MLE.
SEPP (Sakai Educational Partners
A support community for institutions adopting Sakai.
Article about Sakai on CETIS website.
An article about Sakai written by Wilbert Kraan, outlining details about the project.
Shibboleth: Connecting People and
Resources (JISC Briefing)
article about Shibboleth on Derek Morrison's Auricle blog.
Installing Shibboleth (article for Ariadne by
SIF (Schools Interoperability Framework)
Workflow and web services (Scott Wilson)
Introduction to Web Services
Article by Lakshmi Ananthamurthy for developer.com.
Web services what web services?
Article by Derek Morrison giving an example of a web service, and containing many useful links.
Derek Morrison's Auricle.
Jon Rowett's Workblog.
Scott Wilson's Workblog.
Stephen Downes' OLDaily.