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IBM awards Rice $700K for shared university research project


Rice University and IBM announced that they will collaborate on the development of an open-standards-based, service oriented architecture (SOA) that will help higher education institutions tie together their increasingly diverse academic software applications. Rice University and IBM will collaborate to design an SOA for Rice's Open-CLE. This SOA will allow individual educational and research applications to "talk" with each other. Rice's largest open standards applications today include Sakai - a leading open source course management system; OwlSpace, powered by Sakai and operating as the framework for Rice's web-based Collaboration and Learning Environment; Connexions, a collaborative, educational web-based environment composed of independent teaching modules that can be used alone or connected into larger courses; and DSpace, a digital repository system that captures, stores, indexes, preserves, and distributes digital research material.

The complete text of the announcement is available from Rice University News and Media Relations.