-- RobAllan - 18 Nov 2004

Since June 2004 we have been funded by JISC to carry out an evaluation of various aspects of the CHEF, Sakai and other related projects that may play a significant role in establishing a Virtual Research Environment (VRE) for the UK.

The work carried out built on e-Science activities at Lancaster and Daresbury, which include software development and hardware deployment for collaborators in the physical sciences, substantive e-Social Science research and social science training and awareness-raising. It built upon the existing collaborations that the project team have with each other and with other university groups in the UK. It is now using existing mechanisms to disseminate the outcomes of the work. Throughout the period of this evaluation we have received clear expressions of interest in working with us from the developers of Sakai (http://www.sakaiproject.org ). This included discussions and presentations at the Sakai Developers Workshop, Denver, USA, 23-27/6/04 and subsequently at the JISC-CETIS workshop, Oxford 4-5/11/04.

The evaluation exercise was greatly facilitated by Lancaster deploying a CHEF implementation (http://redress.lancs.ac.uk ) from day one and later the Sakai RC2 implementation to use as a collaboration tool for developers based at Lancaster and Daresbury.

A report summarises the outcomes and contains the conclusions of the evaluation which covered:

  • Comparing Sakai/ CHEF with Alternative Frameworks for VREs;
  • Establishing the ease of administration (EOA) of Sakai/ CHEF for a VRE;
  • Establishing the feasibility of making existing VRE (Grid) components available via Sakai/ CHEF;
  • Establishing the feasibility of extending the functionality of Sakai/ CHEF particularly to use Web Services for distributed development and deployment.

Full report here: http://www.grids.ac.uk/Sakai/sakai_doc.pdf

Short summary here: http://www.grids.ac.uk/Sakai/short_doc.pdf

Topic revision: r1 - 18 Nov 2004 - RobAllan
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