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Unicon Enlisted by Youngstown State University for Development of New Open Source Sakai Tool and Sakai Services

Services Include Sakai 10 Implementation and Custom Content Conversion
Gilbert, AZ – November 18, 2014— Unicon, Inc., a leading IT consulting, services, and support provider specializing in open source for the education technology market, today announced that it has been enlisted by Youngstown State University (YSU) for Sakai services. These services include the development of an auto-rostering tool, Sakai 10 implementation, and custom content conversion. The auto-rostering tool will be contributed back to the open source community for other institutions and organizations to use and customize. The tool* pulls data from the YSU student information system (SIS) and sends that information to Sakai. Sakai then uses RESTful endpoints to take the data and create sites (and term codes for sites) and users. The tool can then automatically enroll and remove users from course sites based on the information it receives from the SIS.

“We believe the auto-rostering tool will be very advantageous to the new YSU Sakai 10 environment,” said Ken Schindler, Associate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, YSU. “Contributing this tool back to the community will ensure that it is used to its greatest potential by helping other institutions that face similar IT challenges.”

In addition to building this new tool, Unicon will also implement the latest version of Sakai. Sakai 10 features two new tool contributions to Sakai core, better support for audio and video using HTML 5, infrastructure improvements, about 50 security fixes, performance improvements, a number of new features, and close to 2,000 fixes. Once implemented, Unicon will also be performing custom content conversion work on Sakai.

Unicon services for Sakai include consulting, hosting, performance testing, software engineering, solution delivery, systems integration, training, and user experience. Unicon provides enterprise commercial support and consulting for select open source projects, including Sakai, through its Open Source Support program. This SLA-driven program is backed by an accountable team of open source experts, each possessing deep experience within the select open source projects.

Learn more about Unicon services for Sakai at www.unicon.net/opensource/sakai.

About Youngstown State University
Youngstown State University, an urban research university, emphasizes a creative, integrated approach to education, scholarship, and service. The University places students at its center; leads in the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge; advances civic, scientific, and technological development; and fosters collaboration to enrich the region and the world. Youngstown State University now consists of the School of Graduate Studies and Research and six undergraduate colleges: the Williamson College of Business Administration; the Beeghly College of Education; the College of Fine and Performing Arts; the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services; the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; and the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Degrees offered range from the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s to a doctorate in educational leadership and the Doctor of Physical Therapy. Learn more at www.ysu.edu.

* Additional Information: The auto-rostering tool does not “pull” information from the SIS. Rather it accepts JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) sent from a custom application that Youngstown University is developing internally, which contains enrollment, site, user, and term data, depending on the endpoint utilized.

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