Create a collaborative framework for higher education institutions to jointly develop and enhance mobile solutions as open source projects that can be shared and distributed to universities worldwide.
The rapid growth of mobile device usage by students, faculty and staff in universities around the world makes it imperative that information is available effectively to mobile device users in and around university campuses. The rapid introduction and upgrades of new mobile devices as well as new platforms makes this task challenging especially given the current economic environment. Market research shows that the mobile devices market will continue to remain fragmented for the foreseeable future with continued competition between mobile platform vendors such as Apple, Research In Motion, Google, Microsoft, HP and Nokia. Adding to the complexity is the competition between mobile carriers that forces exclusivity for many mobile platforms.
The iMobileU seeks to address these challenges by creating a collaborative framework for higher education institutions to jointly develop effective mobile solutions that meet the needs of communities in universities. The iMobileU will provide member institutions a customizable mobile application framework that can be cost-effectively deployed to each user community. The mobile applications will address information access, learning management, collaborative systems and others in the form of mobile web application and native applications for the strategic platforms.
The iMobileU will use the MIT Mobile Web Open Source Project as the basis for developing web and native mobile applications that can be shared across member institutions. Member institutions are expected to contribute to the development and collaboration to create and refine applications that fit the needs of the group.
2010-05-03: Andrew Yu, Creator of the MIT Mobile Framework and Project Lead for the MIT iPhone app leaves MIT to create his own company, Modo Labs http://www.modolabs.com
2010-04-16: MIT announces intent to open source the iPhone app it released in February, 2010.
2009-05-13~15: Common Solutions Group (CSG) Meeting: Call for the iMobileU Initiative
- Continue and expand the development of the MIT Mobile Open Source Project to include the needs of the member institutions
- Provide documentation
- Release applications
- Provide support for application deployment
- Provide a forum for member institutions to communicate and collaborate on mobile solutions
- Gather requirements for new features, applications and services
- Offer shared services that allow cost-effective implementation of mobile application deployment and maintenance
- Communicate shared mobile-related needs of member institutions to vendors and influence vendors to make appropriate changes beneficial to the higher education community.
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