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

Darren Cambridge dcambrid at gmu.edu
Thu Jun 4 11:50:08 PDT 2009

Congratulations to Jan, Noah, and John. While I've had to step away from 
working actively to Sakai and OSP over the last 18 months to deal with 
the unpleasant business of getting tenure, I'm glad to hear the project 
is recognizing the talent within our community and am excited about the 
possibilities of supporting eportfolio composition and use in Sakai 3, 
to which I hope to contribute as soon as I'm free to get back to more 
meaningful work.


janice.smith wrote:
> 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 w >
> Janice A. Smith, Ph.D.
> 2009 Sakai Fellow
> Three Canoes Consulting
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> janice.smith at threecanoes.com <mailto:janice.smith at threecanoes.com>
> jasmith at mm.com <mailto:jasmith at mm.com>
> ____________________________________________________
> Subject: [Announcements] Sakai Product Council
> From: Michael Korcuska <mkorcuska at sakaifoundation.org 
> <mailto:mkorcuska at sakaifoundation.org>>
> Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 19:25:36 +0200
> To: Sakai Announcements <announcements at collab.sakaiproject.org 
> <mailto:announcements at collab.sakaiproject.org>>,
>     Sakai-Dev Developers <sakai-dev at collab.sakaiproject.org 
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> ------------------------- Contents -------------------------
> 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 e
> 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
> usability.
> 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 <http://www.rsmart.com/>), 
> a Sakai Commerical
> Affiliate. Nate previously led web communications at Portland State 
> (http://www.pdx.edu <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
> Univers r clear="none">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 -- demic 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 popul 
>  >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
> education.
> Max Whitney -- Max is the technical team lead for enterprise academic
> servic versity 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.
> Be ne">
> Michael
> -- 
> Michael Korcuska
> Executive Director, Sakai Foundation
> mkorcuska at sakaifoundation.org <mailto:mkorcuska at sakaifoundation.org>
> phone: +1 510-931-6559
> mobile (US): +1 510-599-2586
> skype: mkorcuska
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Darren Cambridge
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