ARCHIVED: IU's involvement in the Sakai Project
As a founding member of Sakai, Indiana University is collaborating with the University of Michigan, MIT, Stanford, and the uPortal consortium to develop open source software for the needs of higher education. IU previously developed a number of local systems that served the university well, and the university could change them as needed; however, IU alone was responsible for all ongoing maintenance and upgrade costs. The Sakai software (called Oncourse at IU) allows IU to maintain flexibility to make changes as needed, but to share the maintenance and upgrade costs with the other universities. In sum, IU gets a better cost of ownership while still being able to innovate for the needs of IU students, faculty, and staff.
Additionally, by leveraging the functionality of the IU Knowledge Base, IU is delivering a knowledge base for Sakai, which includes all the information in the Sakai Help tool.