AuSakai 2011 – Call for papers (reminder)

The Australian National University is pleased to announce AuSakai 2011 ‘Towards an Open Academic and Collaborative Environment’. The conference will be held on the 13-14 of September in Canberra and will be open to all universities and organisations that are using or considering using Sakai.

Call for presentations are now open, and will close on the 27th of May 2011.

This conference arrives as the community is experiencing significant growth and innovation. Exciting new development projects are underway with collaboration from designers, developers, and faculty members. Our community is expanding rapidly with new adoption of Sakai, new investment in Sakai, and emerging partnerships with other higher education communities. Our collective knowledge of the practices and pedagogies that enable us to improve learning and collaboration through the use of technology has never been greater.

We are also very excited to announce our international keynote speakers for this conference: Ian Dolphin, Lance Speelmon, Josh Baron and David Goodrum.

We encourage you to submit a presentation and be a part of this growing community.

When and Where:
Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 September 2011
The Australian National University, Canberra
Networking Dinner: 13 September 2011

For further details, and presentation template please visit: http://ausakai.anu.edu.au

Call for papers poster (pdf): AuSakai2011_Call_For_Papers

ANU rolls out new skin for Sakai

As part of an institution wide brand refresh, the Australian National University has rolled out an updated skin for Sakai, as well as a number of portal, kernel and tool updates and modifications. The next phase of our Sakai implementation is an upgrade to Sakai 2.8 which we will be undertaking later in the year.

Our installation, dubbed Alliance is available for public use (however you must be invited to a site) and we host a number of sites for the Sakai community including the AuSakai User Group.

You can see the new skin in action here: https://alliance.anu.edu.au/portal

For any detailed information on our upgrade, toolset or modifications, please feel free to contact me directly.

Profile2 1.3.15 released

I am proud to announce a new release of Profile2 in the 1.3 series.

Version:
Profile2 1.3.15

Description:
Profile2 is a complete re-design and re-development of the existing Profile tool in Sakai. It gives you more of a Facebook style interface for editing your profile.
In addition you have a comprehensive set of Privacy controls to allow you to choose who can see what part(s) of your Profile.

With Profile2 you can post updates (integrated with Twitter), search for people with common interests, view their profiles, view their connections,
add them as a connection, and much more.

Profile2 can be run seamlessly alongside the existing profile in Sakai and integrates with the Roster tool.

Works with:
Sakai 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8

Database upgrade:
There is no database upgrade required that is specific to this release. However, there have been two previous database upgrades required for the 1.3.x release series. You should ensure you have applied both the 1.3.x-1.3.9 and 1.3.x-1.3.14 upgrade scripts, located in the docs/database directory, or here if you are using a binary deployment: https://source.sakaiproject.org/svn/profile2/tags/profile2-1.3.15/docs/database/

Please note that a bug exists in the Oracle version of the 1.3.x-1.3.9 upgrade script which is present in 1.3.9. This has been fixed so you should use the version bundled in the 1.3.10 release or later.

Availability:
SVN: https://source.sakaiproject.org/svn/profile2/tags/profile2-1.3.15/
Binaries: https://source.sakaiproject.org/maven2/org/sakaiproject/profile2/

Deployers running Sakai 2.7 should perform the following steps to upgrade:

  1. Update the in $SAKAI_SRC/master/pom.xml to 1.3.15
  2. Remove profile2-help-.jar and profile2-api-.jar from $CATALINA_HOME/shared/lib
  3. Rebuild/redeploy the core-deploy project to fetch the new release and install it into Tomcat
  4. Apply any database patches as necessary

Deployers building from source should perform the following steps:

  1. Checkout the 1.3.15 tag using the SVN link above
  2. Remove profile2-help-.jar and profile2-api-.jar from $CATALINA_HOME/shared/lib
  3. Build and deploy the 1.3.15 tag
  4. Apply any database patches as necessary

Highlights:
This is a maintenance release which fixes an issue identified in the 1.3 branch, related to the display of remote profile images in other tools such as the Roster and Clog. It also fixes a socket exception associated with the same issue, when a Sakai instance is served via SSL and a remote profile image is requested.

For full details of the features and fixes in this release, see:
http://jira.sakaiproject.org/secure/IssueNavigator.jspa?reset=true&pid=10500&fixfor=12308

And as always, for full installation and configuration instructions, see:
http://confluence.sakaiproject.org/display/PROFILE/Profile2

Known issues:
If a user has no profile image, and the Roster integration is activated, then the Roster will show the default image ‘No Official Photo is Available’ even if official photos are not being used. This text could be misleading to some. The fix is to simply replace the image that Roster ships with to be the generic ‘no image’ from Profile2. This may be addressed in a future release.

Acknowledgements:
Thanks to the following Sakai community members (in no particular order) for their involvement in this release:

Jean-Francois Leveque
Raad Al-Rawi

License:
Profile2 is released under the Educational Community License Version 2.0

Sakai runs in Tomcat 7

Good news, everyone! Sakai runs in Tomcat 7. And no modifications to Sakai are required.

As of Tomcat 6, the old common/lib, server/lib and shared/lib have been collapsed into one /lib directory. However it’s possible to restore that old layout so that applications can run in the newer servlet containers without having to be updated themselves.

Heres what you need to do:

  1. Build and deploy Sakai into a Tomcat 7 install.
  2. Open the Tomcat 7 conf/catalina.properties file.
  3. Find the line that starts with common.loader= and append to the end:
    ,${catalina.base}/common/lib/*.jar
    That is, we’ve appended the old classloader location for the common jars to the end. Make sure you only append and not replace, you need to keep the existing configuration.
  4. Find the line that starts with server.loader= and replace it with:
    server.loader=${catalina.base}/server/lib/*.jar
    That is, we’ve restored the old classloader location for the server jars.
  5. Find the line that starts with shared.loader= and replace it with:
    shared.loader=${catalina.base}/shared/classes,${catalina.base}/shared/lib/*.jar
    That is, we’ve restored the old classloader location for the shared jars.
  6. Save and close.
  7. Start Tomcat.
  8. Enjoy!
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AuSakai 2011 – Call for papers

The Australian National University is pleased to announce AuSakai 2011 ‘Towards an Open Academic and Collaborative Environment’. The conference will be held on the 13-14 of September in Canberra and will be open to all universities and organisations that are using or considering using Sakai.

This conference arrives as the community is experiencing significant growth and innovation. Exciting new development projects are underway with collaboration from designers, developers, and faculty members. Our community is expanding rapidly with new adoption of Sakai, new investment in Sakai, and emerging partnerships with other higher education communities. Our collective knowledge of the practices and pedagogies that enable us to improve learning and collaboration through the use of technology has never been greater.

We are also very excited to announce our international keynote speakers for this conference: Ian Dolphin, Lance Speelmon and Josh Baron.

Call for presentations open on the 31st of March and close on the 27th of May, and will be targeting the themes of Collaboration, Education (Academic) and Technical.

We encourage you to submit a presentation and be a part of this growing community.

When and Where:
Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 September 2011
The Australian National University, Canberra
Networking Dinner: 13 September 2011

For further details, and presentation template please visit: http://ausakai.anu.edu.au

Call for papers poster (pdf): AuSakai2011_Call_For_Papers