Open ICT Infrastructure
Just one which might give yu an idea of how the moustrap builders talk. (and help me keep things together). This one's from the Internet2 meeting last week. It comes from a session called "Unravelling the Pain of Collaboration", which i thought would appeal to you.
OERu is a "virtual organization" in their eyes. http://events.internet2.edu/speakers/speakers.php?go=people&id=3045 You'll notice on slide 13 & 14 there's a split between "what to do", and not. So it gives you an idea of the split between the "parrallel universes".
So far as credentials, the only ones I'd want are the ones which you might like to issue. "Community manager/digital journalist" is the one I'd love to get credentialized, and no second guesses for who i'd want as my teacher.
Re: the open source. Obviously the OS is the ideal. But the NREN guys are coming around to the idea they they should be brokers between "their" communities and service providers. At the moment they usually do this on a National basis, so 30% off the institutional price is fairly common. But if we can get the Remco's and others to collaborate on a continental basis i think we can encourage "joint research" relationships (between NRENs associations, like terena and internet2, and Service providers). So we'll see how that pan out as we go. Obviously this will come down to how people like Jim and Steve see the best use of their time, in setting up a combination of (federated) services on various (OERu)domains (IP addresses).
I see you're looking at developing a prop with a feb deadline. You'd apprecaite that my interest is centered on this call. (I'm pointing you at Peter's presetation as he's my main man at terana) So i guess another six months will have to go by. But if someone wants to consider leading a bid, I'd love to work though the prop. (this is new to me)
Lastly, as a suggestion to getting into the euro space; obvioulsy the OUUK or OUNL would be interested in this "platform" development. But you see at OCWC that Drs. Anka Mulder, sec-gen@ Delft uni is also the pres of OCWC. I would hope we might see a parrallel to what OERu is doing. All the best.
We don't have European based anchor partners -- so I agree, best to approach OUNL or OUUK on this one -- an open solution will benefit everyone on the planet.
What is the status of suitable XML standards for student information interchange? Towards the ideal of freedom of choice wrt to platform with freedom to share student information among institutions via standard protocols. (not to mention sharing of learning resources with such 'standards'!)