Peter--to clarify, there is no requirement for either Sakai institutional
adopters or commercial organizations offering services of potential interest
to Sakai adopters to join the community as dues-paying members. Those who
do choose to join the Sakai community as a partner--over 100 academic
institutions, non-profits and commercial affiliates as of the end of
2005--do so in order to participate directly in helping determine Sakai's
future as a provider of open source collaboration and learning software.
Indeed we at Sakai recommend that potential community partners first
evaluate the Sakai application framework and its suite of tools as well as
discuss their needs with current members of the Sakai community before
considering making the financial commitment to become a Sakai partner.
Since the formation of the Sakai Foundation in December 2005 we have been
working to open up discussion forums hitherto reserved for members of the
old Sakai Educational Partners Program (SEPP). These lists will now operate
much as our Sakai-Development and Sakai-User discussion groups have always
operated--as public forums were the emphasis is on innovation and problem
solving irrespective of community affiliation.
As an open source framework one could deploy, maintain and extend Sakai at
the enterprise level using local resources or a third-party contractor as
well as our public lists without recourse to a formal community partnership.
The software is made available on the basis of the Education Community
License, a variant of the BSD license. It is designed to encourage a wide
range of use including the production of derivative work in the commercial
space. However, should an institution who adopts Sakai calculate that it
has a strategic interest in Sakai's evolution, both as a software
application and as a community, then joining the community formally in order
to help define requirements, determine priorities, shape the culture and not
least, help do the work is a step worth considering.
I hope this brief outline helps answer your question. If not feel free to
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Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2006 19:15:50 -0600
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