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Personas and Test Data

I was reviewing the excellent work Unicon’s Gary Thompson has done in developing personas related to uPortal (really they seem applicable across Higher-Education), which jogged my to write about some thinking: leveraging well-developed UE personas to build a suite of synthetic test-data. User Experience is often not fully integrated within other aspects of the software ...

JA-SIG Projects in Action

John Lewis from Unicon talked about open-source in Universities. Higher Ed has an extremely complex, dynamic, organizational structures. uPortal has grouping and other mechanisms which are more sophisticated than other projects, battle tested for large and sophisticated higher-ed deployments. CAS was one of the first systems, has features like Proxy Auth that no one else ...

GPL Java

http://www.infoq.com/news/2006/11/open-source-java It has finally happened. Sun today announced that Java SE, Java ME, and Glassfish are being open sourced under the GNU General Public License v2 (GPLv2) with Sun today releasing an early build of the Java SE 7 HotSpot JVM, the javac compiler, and JavaHelp in the new OpenJDK project at Java.NET which will be the project ...

uPortal Community Vision Building & Requirements Gathering

I wish uPortal did X. How do I (as a deployer/user) ensure uPortal evolves to better address my needs? How does the uPortal community uncover user needs, especially those specific to higher-education? The uPortal community has attempted to answer these questions via an open, ongoing process. This presentation provides an overview of the uPortal Requirements ...

Events

I’m interested in topics like Open Source Communities, Development Methodology, Enterprise Portals, User Experience/Interface Design, Instructional Technology, and Identity Management and try to make it to relevant conferences and meetings when possible. Upcoming Limited events coming, though I’ve become pretty involved in the local Meetup Community in NYC. Past Portlets 2009 @ Canada EDUCAUSE 2009 ...