[Xerte] Re: The Future of Xerte
"Thomas R. Müller"
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Mon Sep 22 18:16:55 BST 2014
as an avid lurker of the list, I wonder whether this may mean that -
sooner or later - it would no longer be open source?
Hope I'm wrong.
Am 22.09.2014 um 15:03 schrieb Julian Tenney:
> Dear All,
> I am really excited to be able to announce that The Xerte Project has
> been accepted as an incubating project at The Apereo Foundation
> (https://www.apereo.org/). This is a fantastic opportunity for the
> project – as you know, The University of Nottingham has led the
> developments over the years. Over the last few years, with increasing
> contributions from a growing community of developers it is fair to say
> that Nottingham's contribution is now a much smaller percentage of the
> total than it once was. This reflects the growing volume of work,
> rather than a dwindling commitment on our part, and we remain
> dedicated to the project as an important platform for innovation, and
> for the creation and delivery of high quality content to learners here
> at the University.
> As the project has grown, we have turned to questions around its
> sustainability. We have spent a lot of time over the last eighteen
> months or so exploring various options: we know that sustainability is
> a key issue for those looking to adopt the technology in other
> organisations and we understand that the current situation raises some
> questions for potential adopters: there is a sense that the project
> has a single point of failure. As priorities have changed here at the
> University, and the shape of my team has changed over the years, we do
> have fewer resources to put into the project than we used to have. We
> also appreciate that the current situation makes it hard for the
> project to achieve its full potential. As the only open source tool in
> its class it really deserves to increase its reach into new sectors
> and to find ways to generate and use revenue. Also, as the developer
> community has grown, it is increasingly important to ensure that the
> project continues to develop within a rigorous framework.
> Over the last 18 months we have carefully explored all the options
> available to us, and we have chosen Apereo for its solid presence in
> educational technology and its excellent cultural fit with The Xerte
> Project. I’m really excited about this opportunity, and I’m really
> looking forward to working with Apereo through the incubation process.
> My thanks go to all our users, contributors and developers, without
> whom the project could not have reached this significant milestone.
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