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Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium The ESUP-Portail project Pascal Aubry Consortium ESUP-Portail / University of Rennes 1
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium History How the project began, how it grew to its present size
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium The very beginning May 2002: 4 projects selected –EEPUN (partner Microsoft) –Monte-Cristo (partner SCT) –ENCORA (partner Sun) –ESUP-Portail (no industrial partner, open-source based) Funded by the French Ministry of Education –about $8M for the whole project –development and investment Of the four, one is still operating: ours
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium Our operational goals Create an open-source portal for universities Adopt an existing solution or build a new one Distribute the final product
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium Our numerous other goals Explore new technologies –for providing access to digital resources and services Encourage the use of IT –by integrating IT technologies in a single environment Enhance the cooperation between institutions –by adopting common standards Expand the ESUP program –to reach a wider public
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium Our numerous other goals (cont.) Implement tools for independent learning within the LMD (Licence, Master, Doctorat) framework Propose up-to-date tools for a modernized pedagogy Soften the line between on-line education and traditional in-class education Develop new kinds of relationships –between students and their professors –between students and the services proposed by their institution
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium Our numerous other goals (cont.) Promote mobility throughout Europe via inter-institutional exchanges and/or internships Provide organized and controllable access to institutional applications Simplify administrative procedures Improve information quality Organize new modes of communication for different university activities
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium Our strategy and targets Strategy –Schéma Directeur des Environnements Numériques de Travail (SDET) Architecture, authentication, interoperability Targets –digital universities –regional digital universities –thematic digital universities
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium Our preferences for implementation Consideration of existing technologies Open-source software A solid, well-understood technological base and architecture –J2EE, uPortal, CAS A flexible, modular and evolving system –adaptable to the institutional strategy Respect of standards –directory: SupAnn (French standard that extends eduPerson) –authentication, authorization and SSO: CAS & Shibboleth –interoperability: XML, Web services, JSR-168 (portlets)
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium Our preferences for implementation (cont.) Specific components in addition to the usual portal tools –e-learning platforms –pedagogical services –documentation modules –administrative Information System applications –system applications The coherent deployment of services
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium Our path towards to the solution Choosing a portal –a home-made solution was planned –uPortal was finally chosen Choosing an SSO –several solutions were evaluated –CAS was quickly selected for its permanence security portability ease of uPortal integration Adding services
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium The architecture Information System Central Authentication Service portal students and staff services from the administrators point of view, Information System-centered from the users point of view, user-centered
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium A typical Information System for a French University Staff (Apogée) LDAP Students & courses (Harpège) Accounting (Nabuco) Misc services
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium The ESUP-Portail community More than 1,000,000 users predicted by Dec 2007
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium The initials members 5 universities –university of Valenciennes (coordinator) –university of Nancy 1 –university of Nancy 2 –university of Rennes 1 –ENSEEIHT Sept 2004: 72,000 users 20 full-time developers (one year) –only a few Java developers
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium Our deployment partners A few test sites –to validate the proposed portal prior to its widespread distribution In 2004/2005, most of these sites use the solution in production
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium The official members 76 institutions –universities –regional digital universities (9 out of 11) –Hautes Ecoles Most sites using the portal by Sept 2007 Today: 300,000 users
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium Our organization An operational coordinating committee composed of the project leaders in the original member institutions communication strategy meeting organization A technical coordinating committee composed of the engineers responsible for the main sub-projects technologies frameworks integration QA
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium International relations Study of or participation in international projects –JA-SIG –Sakai –Mille (Canada) –university of Geneva –Slide We are not native English speakers…
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium The role of the consortium today Supporting the community through mailing lists (30) Developing new applications Integrating contributions Documenting the project Publicizing project activities
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium Communications ESUP-Days –2 meetings a year –2-days conference, 220 participants in last June –on technical and logistical aspects –to obtain feedback Papers and conference presentations –in France: JRES –in Europe: EUNIS, TERENA
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium Papers and presentations In English –EUNIS2006 – ESUP-Portail helpdesk: user support at establishment-level –EUNIS2006 – Open-source Identity Federation with Shibboleth –EUNIS2004 – ESUP-Portail: open source Single Sign-On with CAS –EUNIS2004 – ESUP-Portail: a pure WebDAV-based Network Attached Storage In French –ESUP-Days 1 & 2 –TutoJRES2006 – Distribuer un developement (in French) –CSIESR2006 – inJAC ESUP et OAI-PMH – Le CMS ESUP-Portail –JRES2005 – ESUP-Portail Helpdesk : le suivi des demandes des utilisateurs à l'échelle d'un établissement –JRES2005 – Utilisation de WebDAV dans ESUP-Portail –CSIESR 2005 – le socle de lENT ESUP-Portail –CSIESR2005 – Expérience sur la mise en place d'un ENT (démarche) –CSIESR2005 – Authentification SSO, CAS –CSIESR2005 – Connecteur entre socle et briques applicatives –CSIESR Problématique notion de « profils » –JRES2003 – Les Espaces Numériques de Travail –JRES2003 – ESUP Portail, un ENT universitaire –JRES2003 – Single Sign-On open-source avec CAS –JRES2003 – INJAC
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium Training 20 training programs already organized to –bring teams up to standard XML, XSLT, Java, … –show local administrators how to deploy uPortal (-esup) CAS some applications (helpdesk, …) –show developers how to write channels
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium In the future More than 1,000,000 users but very few contributions… Constitution of a legal entity for the Consortium in order to allow –funds to be collected from members –the consortium to become a well-known interlocutor (Ministry of Education, JA-SIG…) –the project to continue in the future
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium The ESUP-Portail sub-projects The services offered by the ESUP-Portail environment
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium The ESUP-Portail sub-projects Incubator –immature projects –no guarantees Repository –completed projects –guarantees system integrity: security fixes permanence: functional fixes coherence with the other projects (lib conflicts) Moving from the incubator to the repository requires that the project –attain the right scale –be in operation for one year in two establishments or two years in one repository incubator discontinued projects
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium Developments around JA-SIG products –uPortal-esup: a pre-configured portal for the French university community –uPortal-quick-start –client librairies:, perlCAS (CRU), pam_cas-esup, mod_cas-esup –v2 utilities: CAS Generic Handler, CAS quick-start –v3 French translation
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium Services for all users Communication tools –Horde IMP webmail, Sympa Mailing list manager –calendar, planning –helpdesk –announcements, phpBB forums, intranet Data storage –Slide-based WebDAV repository –storage quotas information Documentation –online publications –access to outside libraries User tools –bookmarks, online help, LDAP searches System tools –printing quotas information –network status information
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium Services for students Course offerings Homework uploads (Moodle) Administrative files access –grades –exam dates
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium Services for faculty and staff Faculty –course offering data entry forms –homework downloads (Moodle) Administrative staff –printing credits management –storage quotas management –helpdesk Faculty and staff –administrative files access Career status, traveling expenses refunds
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium The uPortal-esup package A pre-configured uPortal installation Easy configuration –by setting properties –by running ant tasks A pre-filled database –restrictions on group permissions WAI effort –integratedModes.xsl, siteMap.xsl, … French translations Full-page channels (from project Mille) Automatic generation of statistics –user connections –channel usage
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium uPortal-esup add-ons Automatic user creation from LDAP requests Group and permission management with XML files Esup-monitor –to see how blades are used in a cluster Esup-cas-test –to test CAS authentication and PGT retrieval Esup-group-ids –to make the correspondance between group names and ids easily Esup-portal-ws
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium uPortal-esup statistics
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium uPortal-esup patches (1) Add Deep linking for guest users Add LDAP redundancy –LdapServerImpl, LdapServices (UP-713) Add support for LDAP groups in PAGs –LdapGroupPersonAttributeDaoImpl Remove unnecessary (and numerous) LDAP requests when a user is not found in the LDAP directory –CachingPersonAttributeDaoImpl (UP-1617) Add read permission to everyone in the group hierarchy –GroupsManagerDefaultPermissions
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium uPortal-esup patches (2) Solve problems when calling the group manager in servant mode –CGroupsManagerServantFactory Hide unauthorized channels, hide exceptions on logout –AggregatedUserLayoutStore, UP-1354 Hide exceptions when users are not in the LDAP directory –PersonAttributesGroupStore, UP-1596 Create a column automatically when creating a tab, hide columns for Mille navigation –AggregatedLayoutManager
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium Internationalized developments Not very many… –phpCAS –CAS Generic Handler and CAS quick-start –Slide-based WebDAV server Quotas handling –CAS-ified Horde IMP –Esup-helpdesk –Esup-print –Esup-diskquota Maybe more in the future (see esup-commons)
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium esup-commons A development framework for the ESUP-Portail project
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium Esup-commons in a few words Open-source free software Based on standards only –Spring, JSF, Hibernate, Xalan/Xerces, Lucene, Axis, … Portlets and servlets –same code for both using the MyFaces MVC –choice of deployment type by setting properties –a less complicated development environment –stand-alone applications (quick-starts) Native i18n support Integration with the Information System –CAS authentication, LDAP searches, uPortal group and user attribute retrieval
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium Esup-commons in a few words (cont.) Enhanced exception handling –exception reports sent by A taglib to simplify JSF pages SMTP capabilities Version management –insure that the versions of the database and the application are the same (especially important in clustered environments) Deep link handling and URL generation Hibernate pagination esup-blank –a blank application to show how to use esup-commons
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium The layers web rendering web controller domain services data service data persistence bean management data batch commandsweb requests batch controller web.beans domain beans database web LDAP service portal service URL service i18n service cache service data access taglib auth. service
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium Esup-portal-ws A web service for interrogating uPortal about group and attribute information ws-server SOAP application database, LDAP, … ws-client PortalGroup group = portalService.getGroupById("local.10"); List values = portalService.getUserAttributeValues( "paubry", "departmentNumber");
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium
EUNIS2007 – Innovation for a European ERA – Grenoble, France Copyright © ESUP-Portail consortium The ESUP-Portail project on the way to 1,000,000.
EUNIS2008 – Visions for use of IT in higher education – Aarhus, Denmark Copyright © ESUP-Portail consortium uPortal-based software and community.
9th Sakai conference, 1-3 July 2008, Paris France Copyright © ESUP-Portail consortium uPortal-based software and community Pascal Aubry Consortium.
Copyright © 2006 ESUP-Portail consortium The ESUP-Portail project (in a few words) Pascal Aubry Consortium ESUP-Portail / University.
Copyright 2009 © Consortium ESUP-Portail JASIG Spring Conference, Dallas, Texas, March 1-4, 2009 esup-helpdesk: a mature portlet for uPortal Pascal AUBRY.
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