2 July, Introduction A collaboration between: Objectives: –To provide a working VRE demonstrator, based on the Sakai portal, to introduce the concept, capabilities and benefits to scientists. –To engage with scientist by providing a frequently updated VRE environment to: Play, learn and gain experience, Support projects. CCLRC Daresbury Rob Allan University of Reading Mark Baker University of Oxford Mike Fraser Lancaster University Rob Crouchley
2 July, Sakai VRE Portal Demonstrator Recent Work
2 July, Daresbury Public demonstrator (http://rhine.dl.ac.uk:8080/por tal) - login -- guest:guest Demonstrator running on Oracle hosted by NGS. WSRP consumer developed and tested (see ). Communication with Microsoft Exchange being tested. Tool under development for conference paper management (upload, edit, review). Sakai is hosting content for a number of projects and approx 200 users.
2 July, Lancaster Lancaster Blogger Tool: –Version 1 of the blogger has been released to the Sakai community for site testing: https://source.sakaiproject.or g/contrib/blogger. –It can be checked out of Sakai Subversion repository. –When the blogger has been tested at enough Sakai sites it will be moved from the contrib area to the live area and will be an active part of every default Sakai installation in the world. –More information or for a trial Adrian Fish or Miguel Gonzalez at Lancaster
2 July, Lancaster Video Conferencing Tool: –A single tool offers audio and video conference, distributed whiteboard, share your desktop and broadcast movies. –The conferencing tool is approaching a first release stage. –Most of the features that we want are in and we are now eliminating bugs and writing developer and user documentation.
2 July, Oxford Integrated WebAuth with Shibboleth. Documented the integration: –http://wiki.oss-watch.ac.uk/ShibbolethInstallNotes. –http://wiki.oss-watch.ac.uk/SakaiVre/ShibbolethWebAuthIntegration. Installed SAKAI. Documented SAKAI configuration: –http://wiki.oss-watch.ac.uk/SakaiNotes. Working on Shibboleth SAKAI integration: –http://sakai-vre-demo.oucs.ox.ac.uk/portal. Investigating user attributes for searching: –Allows us to make educated guesses about what kinds of things users are likely to be searching for, what kinds of tools and vocabularies they're expecting to be able to use to search.
2 July, Reading Integrating Legacy Applications into a Portal: –Investigated whether script-based Web applications, such as PHP can be used in a J2EE environment, –Investigated how PHP applications can be reused as portlets, –Deployed and tested a number of PHP applications as portlets, –Will add useful tools to the Sakai Demonstrator, –Report on experiences can be found at:
2 July, Reading Bridging Technologies: –JSR-223: Allows Java to communicate objects with script-based languages and vice versa, To be included with the next release of Sun JDK “Mustang”. –PHP-JavaBridge: Described as a XML-based network protocol, Allows communications between Java and PHP, Provides a suitable environment to execute PHP scripts under Apache Tomcat. –PortletBridge-Portlet: Renders Web pages into a JSR-168 portlet, Proxies links and other external resources contained in a Web page, Can load multiple instances, with different configurations.
2 July, Reading
2 July, Summary All partners making good progress. Deploying and supporting Sakai at a number of sites. Beginning to more fully understand the needs of the VRE user community. E-Social Science “Use Case” study underway: –Want to understand exactly what tools and services the user community need. Keen to get user groups and the wider community engaged and gather more feedback. Organising Portals and Portlet workshop next week at NeSC: –http://www.grids.ac.uk/twiki/bin/view/EResearch/PortalsPro gramme