[Portfolio] Congratulations to Noah Botimer on his new membership on the Sakai Product Council!

janice.smith janice.smith at threecanoes.com
Thu Jun 4 11:19:35 PDT 2009

Dear OSP Community

Let's hear a round of congratulations from the OSP community for our own Noah Botimer on his appointment to the Sakai Product Council! Noah has offered consistent creativity, talent, and inspiration to our community on both technical and functional matters. We know him as a collaborative and caring community member and one that will represent OSP needs intelligently and creatively in his new role on the Product Council. I am excited about the chance to work with Noah in diagloging with the larger Sakai community about the core portfolio functions we hope to see in Sakai 3.0. 

Congratulations also to all the new Product Council members, especially Nate Angell and John Lewis, both of whom have offered continuing support for portfolio functionality in Sakai. The OSP community looks forward to working with you!


Janice A. Smith, Ph.D.
2009 Sakai Fellow
Three Canoes Consulting
1204 Laurel Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104, USA
207-841-6262 (cell)
janice.smith at threecanoes.com
jasmith at mm.com

Subject: [Announcements] Sakai Product Council
From: Michael Korcuska <mkorcuska at sakaifoundation.org>
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 19:25:36 +0200
To: Sakai Announcements <announcements at collab.sakaiproject.org>, 
	Sakai-Dev Developers <sakai-dev at collab.sakaiproject.org>

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The Sakai Foundation is pleased to announce the formation and 
membership of a Product Council to ensure exceptional quality and 
cohesiveness of Sakai product releases in support of varied teaching, 
research and collaboration needs. The formation of the Product Council 
is the result of over 5 years of success and learning of the Sakai 
community in effectively developing community source software that 
enhances learning, research and institutional effectiveness. 
The Product Council has two important roles: determining which 
components will be included as part of each product release, and 
informally advising projects as they progress from R&D to production- 
ready maturity. As a community-developed open source project, 
components of each product release are contributed from many different 
institutions, companies and individuals. The Product Council is the 
coordinating body for each release, and will work to assure the 
product's evolution continues to meet the needs of the educational 
community in terms of functionality, production worthiness, and 
More information about the Council structure may be found on the Sakai 
wiki at http://confluence.sakaiproject.org/confluence/x/m4RDAw 
The members of the Product Council are: 
Nate Angell -- Nate works with clients in education and open source 
communities for rSmart (http://www.rsmart.com), a Sakai Commerical 
Affiliate. Nate previously led web communications at Portland State (http://www.pdx.edu 
) and at the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (http:// 
www.omsi.org). Nate holds an MA in film, television, and digital 
media studies from Brown University. 
Noah Botimer -- Noah is the ePortfolio Technical Lead for the 
University of Michigan. He is an open source and open education 
advocate. Before joining Michigan, Noah helped establish a campus-wide 
Sakai course and ePortfolio environment at Saginaw Valley State 
Eli Cochran -- Eli joined UC Berkeley and the Sakai community two 
years ago as a user experience designer and Javascript programmer on 
the Fluid project. After more than twenty years experience in 
interface design and development, Eli feels that successful systems 
must be more than understandable and usable, they must also be 
beautiful and fun. 
Michael Feldstein -- Michael is Principal Product Manager, Academic 
Enterprise Solutions at Oracle and the author of the e-Literate 
weblog. He is a frequent invited speaker on instructional technology 
and has been interviewed about e-learning by media outlets including 
The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Associated Press, and U.S. News 
and World Report. 
David Goodrum -- David is Director of Academic and Faculty Services 
for University Information Technology Services at Indiana University. 
In addition he chairs the functional requirements committee as well as 
the support and implementation team for IU's implementation of Sakai. 
John Lewis -- John is the Chief Software Architect for Unicon and a 17 
year veteran of the software engineering industry. His passions 
include open source and agile methods. John is active in several 
higher education open source communities, including uPortal and Sakai, 
and serves on the Board of Directors of Jasig. 
Stephen Marquard -- Stephen is Learning Technologies Co-ordinator in 
the Centre for Educational Technology at the University of Cape Town, 
where he leads the team responsible for the University's popular and 
widely-used Sakai deployment known as Vula. Stephen is a Sakai Fellow 
and serves on the Sakai Board of Directors. 
John Norman -- John is the Director of the Centre for Applied Research 
in Educational Technologies and 'Head of e-Learning' at the University 
of Cambridge. CARET provides infrastructure and support to the campus 
for the use of technology in teaching, learning and research, 
including the deployment of Sakai campus-wide. Prior to this he had 
experience as an engineer and medical devices entrepreneur on 3 
continents. John chairs the advisory board for OSS-Watch and is an 
advocate for open standards and open source software in higher 
Max Whitney -- Max is the technical team lead for enterprise academic 
services in ITS at New York University and an active member in the DIY 
technology communities in New York. She has managed the Blackboard 
implementation at NYU since 2001, most recently acting as the 
technical lead for an enterprise upgrade impacting 45,000 users. She 
also led the Sakai pilot at NYU in 2007. She holds her M.S. in 
Computer Science from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences 
at NYU. 
Additionally, the soon-to-be-hired Product Manager will sit on the 
Product Council. 
We thank all of those involved in the nomination and selection 
process, and look forward to the contribution of this important 
council in continuing to enhance the academic and scholarly success of 
institutions across the Sakai community. 
Best regards, 
Michael Korcuska 
Executive Director, Sakai Foundation 
mkorcuska at sakaifoundation.org 
phone: +1 510-931-6559 
mobile (US): +1 510-599-2586 
skype: mkorcuska
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