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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

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


  1. Continue and expand the development of the MIT Mobile Open Source Project to include the needs of the member institutions
  2. Provide documentation
  3. Release applications
  4. Provide support for application deployment
  5. Provide a forum for member institutions to communicate and collaborate on mobile solutions
  6. Gather requirements for new features, applications and services
  7. Offer shared services that allow cost-effective implementation of mobile application deployment and maintenance
  8. Communicate shared mobile-related needs of member institutions to vendors and influence vendors to make appropriate changes beneficial to the higher education community.


At the CSG meeting of May, 2009 a number of institutions concluded it would be useful to band together and create an effort focused on Mobile Applications, Devices and Infrastructure in order to address the Vision noted here. It was further decided to use the MIT software framework (referenced under Collaboration above) as a basis for moving forward in the application space. This effort is intended to live within an organizational framework being developed by Higher Education CIOs and other leaders, likely to be an example of how other collaborations and projects within the U.S. Higher Education community may evolve.


Mobility at MIT (Nov. 2009)

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Concall 2010-09-10
Status Updates MIT MIT has given legal approval for the release of all mobile web, iPhone, and Android code going forward. Working on an Android app, currently in development/testing phase. Working on preparing and organizing the code repo for public release. University of Iowa Still focusing on the rollout of GPS on the buses (powered by NextBus). University of Central Florida Evaluating iMobileU as an option for a mobile site.…
Justin Anderson - MIT Jared - UCF Derek - PSU David Ormsbee - Modo Labs Derek - PSU backend SLA presentation on internal web conference working on interface to PSU Libraries (uses SIRSI) another group made an XML-RPC interface to SIRSI working on mobile friendly lay for web sign on system (cosign system bases out of UMich) Jared - UCF rolled out mobile prototype (course search, directory search,…
Michael Gettes, MIT Derek Morr, PSU Modo Labs - Andrew Yu, Brian Patt, Sonya Huang, David Ormsbee Discussed use of github. Email posted to list about github. (these links may change so they are no longer under a personal github account) We had some discussion with Derek about code changes and how to manage these changes.…
Conference Call Notes
MIT, Michael Gettes Iowa, Mark Ahrens, Romy and Lance Bolton PSU, Derek Morr Modo Labs, Sonya Huang, Brian Patt, David Ormsbee We have come realize there exists Some discussion about making MIT Framework and iPhone app open source. Iowa, some interest expressed locally in going from web to native apps. Looking at some existing tools to get something down and out the door for native apps. Phone Gap and Titanium (appcelerator) being considered.…
Conference Call Notes
Michael Gettes @ MIT Andrew YU @ MIT Derek Morr @ PSU Patrick Burt @ UCF Pennypacker and Diana @ Brown Ken McCreary Virginia Tech hiedko mills and brad league @ Wisconsin Madison casandra carson and andrew mortensen @ Michigan mark ahrens and lance bolton @ Iowa jamie murakamy @ U San Diego David Morton @ Washington MIT announces open source of iPhone app Announced ModoLabs a shared resource very good idea andrew mortensen gave demo of SSO for iPhone UCF, San Diego,…
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