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Uportaluob

  1. 1. uPortal – Bristol Fashion UoB Portal Team
  2. 2. Why uPortal? <ul><li>No software budget so needed to be “free” to us </li></ul><ul><li>Long list: Blackboard, Zope+CMF, Oracle Portal, uPortal </li></ul><ul><li>Short list: Oracle Portal, uPortal </li></ul><ul><li>Extended San Diego State University's Rubric for Rating Commercial Portal Vendors ) </li></ul><ul><li>OP & uP scored the same but hardware footprint & Exit Strategy swung it </li></ul><ul><li>Zope will be our CMS </li></ul>
  3. 3. What are we using it for? <ul><li>Pilot Institutional Portal by July 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Initial focus – post-graduates </li></ul><ul><li>Now broadened to student administration </li></ul><ul><li>And broadening to integration with VLE </li></ul><ul><li>Ambitions – Library and existing Web apps </li></ul>
  4. 4. Implementation I <ul><li>Information Processes & System Plan (From Desktop to Webtop) </li></ul><ul><li>Portal Steering Group (26) </li></ul><ul><li>Portal Team (10) </li></ul><ul><li>Portal Development Team (3) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Portal = MLE = VLE + CMS fundamentally content-free Content Management System (CMS) Portal Managed Learning Environment (MLE) Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Student Information System (SIS) Digital Library eTools
  6. 6. From Desktop to Webtop An Information Systems Strategy? Many readers, some writers Multiple views, depending on role Operational processing Maintrix CARB PIMS Dolphin Coda User Aleph Envision Sports stellar DataHub Corporate information eclipse DataHaven Information deployment fsb Web Application server IRIS VIOLET Show Room http://www.bris.ac.uk Back Office https://www.bris.ac.uk HERO Prospective employee The Portal Prospective student Casual visitor HESA HoD Staff Student
  7. 7. Implementation II <ul><li>Phase 0 – startup </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 1 – user requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 2 – PDT uPortal immersion </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 3 – authentication + authorisation </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 4 – CalPoly Blackboard Access Channel </li></ul><ul><li>Phases n – Channel (n – 4) </li></ul><ul><li>Phase x – migrating a channel to Oracle Portal </li></ul>
  8. 8. Problems & Successes <ul><li>No Project Board yet </li></ul><ul><li>Drifting project definition </li></ul><ul><li>New Director not in post until July 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>The project can’t fix bad processes </li></ul><ul><li>Central vs. Local data </li></ul><ul><li>Scepticism – track record </li></ul><ul><li>Anxiety – cuts across turf </li></ul><ul><li>Blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>IRIS, Contact Directory, personinfo, Law Intranet, SOBS Intranet, VetSci Portal, etc </li></ul>
  9. 9. Blackboard issues <ul><li>We risked two portals </li></ul><ul><li>Provoked decision about BB Enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>CalPoly BB Access Channel is all or nothing </li></ul><ul><li>Will BB Building Blocks allow us to cherry pick features? </li></ul><ul><li>Looking at open source alternatives </li></ul>
  10. 10. Issues <ul><li>Delivering high-performing, resilient and scalable portal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Load balancing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How does the UK give to, and not just take from, the uPortal/JASIG community? </li></ul><ul><li>“ If it's not done in Java it's not worth doing” </li></ul>
  11. 11. Questions <ul><li>What methods are available to achieve single sign-on to multiple apps? </li></ul><ul><li>How stable have the pioneering sites found uPortal? </li></ul><ul><li>How have sites dealt with developing against constantly changing uPortal code? </li></ul><ul><li>When will Web Services be supported? </li></ul><ul><li>What strategies are being used to develop channels? </li></ul><ul><li>What about channels being available to existing web sites? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Suggestions <ul><li>Formation of product-based consortia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CMS (Zope) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VLE (Blackboard) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SIS (SITS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library (Aleph) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Formation of technology-based consortia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Authentication (AD, LDAP) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Load balancing (Cisco, Foundry, Linux Virtual Server) </li></ul></ul>

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