Open Source Solutions


Open Source CMS Drives Academic Initiatives in Cal State System

Charged with providing logistical, process, and developmental support for the massive California State University system, the Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) is a big advocate of technology usage, both in and out of the classroom.

New Module Connects Moodle to Oracle Student Information System in Real Time

Moodle, the widely deployed open source learning management system, now has the ability to communicate in real time with Oracle's student information system, the Student Administration Integration Pack, thanks to new features developed by Moodlerooms.

FairShare Allows Content Creators To Track Content Use

A new site called FairShare allows users to track how their online work is being used by others. Developed by Attributor in collaboration with Creative Commons, the free service allows bloggers and individual content creators to understand how their work is shared across the Web.

He Who Hesitates Fears Cost

He Who Hesitates Fears Cost

It's time to reconsider voice over IP: Benefits abound, drawbacks are fading and, in the long run, VoIP is cost-effective.

DOA: The Open Cloud Manifesto

The Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum (CCIF) publicly launched its "Open Cloud Manifesto" Monday, but the document, which advocates open standards and interoperability between cloud platforms, generated few sparks after a spokesperson indicated that the CCIF isn't vouching for it.



USC Deploys New Version of Apache Jetspeed

The University of Southern California (USC) has deployed the new version of Apache Jetspeed, the open source enterprise portal that is maintained and serviced by Hippo, on which it has run its staff intranet since 2006.

MIT Faculty Adopt Open Access Policy for Scholarly Articles

MIT's faculty members last week decided on a new policy to make all of their scholarly articles available free to the public online. Articles will be disseminated using an open source platform called DSpace, which was developed by the MIT Libraries and HP.

Reactions Mixed over IBM's Possible Sun Acquisition

Reports on Wednesday that IBM is in talks to acquire Sun Microsystems drew mixed views as to what Big Blue would gain from absorbing the struggling supplier of servers, open source software and Java.

ACU and Embanet Develop Moodle ePortfolio

Abilene Christian University and its online learning services integrator, Embanet, have developed a new ePortfolio system for use with ACU's Moodle learning management system.

ePortfolio: There's No 'There' There

Many educators and administrators have caught the ePortfolio bug. But where does this bug lead them? It leads, seemingly, in many different directions. And here's why: ePortfolios mean differing things to different people.