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  1. 1. Mark O'Neil OSCELOT Open Community, Open Source, Open Solutions
  2. 2. <ul><li>Introduce the Open Source Community for Educational Learning Objects and Tools (OSCELOT) and share the efforts this group is undertaking to lead and support a community of open source developers and users. </li></ul><ul><li>Share ideas for how community developed open source projects and initiatives and discuss how Open Source solutions may benefit your institution </li></ul><ul><li>Show how leveraging the existing OSCELOT community may help bring those projects to fruition. </li></ul><ul><li>About Forward Looking Statements </li></ul><ul><li>We may make statements regarding our organization and service offering initiatives, including the content of future services, organization structure, or functionality in development. While such statements represent our current intentions, they may be modified, delayed or abandoned without prior notice and there is no assurance that such offering, upgrades, updates or functionality will become available unless and until they have been made generally available to the community. </li></ul>Open Community, Open Source, Open Solutions
  3. 3. <ul><li>Started as a mailing list of developers and has grown to a repository of projects and a formal group with a formal governance structure </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporated and 501(c)(3) status </li></ul><ul><li>International and Multi-platform </li></ul>About OSCELOT
  4. 4. <ul><li>OSCELOT is a community that collaboratively creates and supports innovative open source solutions for the challenges facing the eLearning community. </li></ul><ul><li>Collective Resources and Infrastructure: enables free and open source project creation and collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Process and application of protocols provide a repeatable framework to support developers. </li></ul><ul><li>Assurance: lower adoption risks (and TCO) through community development and support. </li></ul>Communities in Education
  5. 5. <ul><li>Growing community – hosting nearly 400 users and over 100 projects </li></ul><ul><li>several projects are in active release totaling over 6000 file downloads! </li></ul><ul><li>growing WebCT community! </li></ul><ul><li>Addition of desktop and web projects. </li></ul><ul><li>501(c)(3) tax exempt status granted January 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Recent Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Welcome module for custom tabs, DLRecorder, Web Appointment Scheduling System, SIMILE Timeline, WebCT ProxyToolbox, Disk Usage Report, My Organizations Module, WebCT and QM Perception integration, CMS quota upload, Question Mark (Bb Vista Powerlink), VCMS QuestionMark (Bb Vista Powerlink) </li></ul>2008-2009 Milestones
  6. 6. <ul><li>Not sure you really want to get involved just yet? </li></ul><ul><li>Visit our websites to learn more about OSCELOT and try out many of the free tools we offer: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OSCELOT Community site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.oscelot.org </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OSCELOT Projects site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://projects.oscelo t.org </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Send email to info@os celot.org for general queries. </li></ul>Smash and Grab
  7. 7. <ul><li>Why not? </li></ul><ul><li>Seriously, Why not? </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Value on Investment </li></ul><ul><li>Total Cost of Ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas and Sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Community of support and collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Discover that another institution is struggling with the same issue as you or has already developed a solution, and take advantage of the needs of the many and the power of scale. </li></ul>Why Open Source
  8. 8. <ul><li>Community support and collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul><ul><li>Open Source Day </li></ul><ul><li>Kindles </li></ul><ul><li>Forums </li></ul><ul><li>Listserves </li></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>www.oscelot.org </li></ul><ul><li>projects.oscelot.org </li></ul>Why Open Source
  9. 9. <ul><li>Recognition and communication with partner institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative development reduces/supplements required tools or FTE </li></ul><ul><li>May be more likely to get internal funding if you can show you are getting matching or in-kind contributions from other institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate partners like Learning Objects and Blackboard </li></ul>Why Open Source
  10. 10. <ul><li>Four Principles: </li></ul><ul><li>Peer Working </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Acting Globally </li></ul><ul><li>Being Open </li></ul>Collaborative Open Source Software Best examples are the Apache and Linux communities <ul><li>Works best when: </li></ul><ul><li>Object is information or culture – low cost of participation and ease of access </li></ul><ul><li>Tasks can be chunked into independent pieces </li></ul><ul><li>The cost of integration (incl. leadership & QC) is low </li></ul><ul><li>OSCELOT provides services which enable this model! </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Benefits for .edu </li></ul><ul><li>Harness external talent </li></ul><ul><li>Keep up with the users </li></ul><ul><li>Boost demand for complementary offerings </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces costs </li></ul><ul><li>Shifts the locus of competition </li></ul><ul><li>Takes the friction out of collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Developing social capital </li></ul>Collaborative Open Source Software
  12. 12. <ul><li>Want to do a little more? </li></ul><ul><li>Join a project... </li></ul><ul><li>Don't consider yourself technical? </li></ul><ul><li>Projects need people to suggest functionality, test </li></ul><ul><li>beta versions, design nice graphics, write user </li></ul><ul><li>documentation in plain English... </li></ul>Dipping your toe in the water
  13. 13. <ul><li>Become a member (it is free!)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>OSCELOT is looking for sponsors and participants of all shapes and sizes </li></ul><ul><li>Start a new project </li></ul><ul><li>Donate existing code or ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Join projects that are under way </li></ul><ul><li>Code, documentation, support are all important contributions </li></ul><ul><li>Help plan the next Open Source Day event </li></ul><ul><li>Help improve and manage our technical infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Help us determine community needs/direction </li></ul><ul><li>Host an OSCELOT Event! </li></ul><ul><li>Join a Committee </li></ul>Participate!
  14. 14. More of a people person? Want to learn more? Discuss project ideas? Join with like-minded people at an OSCELOT event: Open Source Day (OSD) Actually 2 days, OSD 4.0 is being run immediately after the Developer's Conference Regional Events (Kindles) Organised on an ad hoc basis, often in response to local demands. Meet Face to Face
  15. 15. <ul><li>You are.... </li></ul><ul><li>Community Collaboration offers the same key benefits of Open Source </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration produces tools which meet the needs of more institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration develops a support network for developers and end users </li></ul><ul><li>We learn from each other </li></ul>Who is OSCELOT?
  16. 16. Jan Day, Blackboard, Inc., USA Paul Erickson University Nebraska-Lincoln, USA Patricia Goldweic, Northwestern University, USA Derek Hamner, Learning Objects, Inc., USA Malcolm Murray, Durham University, UK Mark O'Neil, Dartmouth College, USA Stephen Vickers University of Edinburgh, UK Board Advisors Santo Nucifero, Seneca College, CA Board Members For more information v isit our websites: OSCELOT Community site http://www.oscelot.org OSCELOT Projects site http://projects.oscelo t.org Or send email to info@oscelot.org Thank You!