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Open Knowledge Initiative Announces Developer Support Program

O.K.I. Responds to Developer Demand by Creating Forums for Community Engagement

October 1, 2002

ATLANTA, Georgia, October 1, 2002—The Open Knowledge Initiative (O.K.I.) announced today at Educause 2002 the creation of a program to support developers in integrating O.K.I.’s service architecture. Until the availability of this program, called the O.K.I. Developers Network, developer participation was limited to O.K.I.’s founding partners and collaborators. Through this program, the developer community can now leverage O.K.I. activity and expertise worldwide in making local, standards-based, open-source educational application development more efficient.

Initial components of the O.K.I. Developers Network include access to the O.K.I. technical experts through an online discussion forum, and a series of developer workshops. The first of these workshops will be held on February 3-4, 2003 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

"O.K.I.’s core educational partners have engaged with a growing community of interest over the past two years." said Jeff Merriman, Project Leader for O.K.I. and Senior Strategist for Academic Computing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "We are excited to extend our reach through the O.K.I. Developers Network. This is just a start, but it is an important step in helping others to adopt and use the O.K.I. service framework."

"Through the Open Knowledge Initiative we have brought together some of the best minds in educational technology and enterprise interoperability in higher education today," said Vijay Kumar, O.K.I.'s Principal Investigator, Director of Academic Computing, and Assistant Provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "These individuals are committed to moving O.K.I.'s service specifications forward, and assuring their ongoing adoption in the marketplace. Through the Developers Network this expertise and energy will become more accessible to the broader academic development community."

Participants in the Network can also rest assured that O.K.I. activities are in alignment with the larger educational specifications community. "We are working 'hand in glove' with the IMS Global Learning Consortium," continues Kumar, "which defines and delivers critical specifications for exchanging learning content."

"The way I look at it,' continues Kumar, "O.K.I. is building the infrastructure for sustainable educational transformation, and we are now allowing others to participate in this important effort through the O.K.I. Developer Support Program."

About the Open Knowledge Initiative

The Open Knowledge Initiative (O.K.I.) is defining an open and extensible architecture for learning technology specifically targeted to the needs of the higher education community. O.K.I. provides detailed specifications for interfaces among components of a learning management environment, to be used both by commercial product vendors and by higher education product developers. It provides a stable, scalable base that supports the flexibility needed by higher education as learning technology is increasingly integrated into the education process. Originally funded by the Mellon Foundation, the project is led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in close collaboration with Stanford University, the University of Michigan, Dartmouth College, North Carolina State University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Cambridge. More details regarding participation in the O.K.I. Developer Network will be made available on the O.K.I. web site: http://web.mit.edu/oki.

To reach O.K.I. representatives at Educause, visit the O.K.I. Information Suite at the Atlanta Marriott, Room 4014.

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