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About uMobile

uMobile is a new open source initiative to bring campus applications, content, and data to mobile devices. The project will provide both a native app for iPhone and Android devices, as well as browser-based content for other smartphones. The uMobile effort will produce 100% free and open source software managed by Jasig.

uMobile enables a single code base to provide both browser-based and native-app functionality, allowing institutions to produce mobile applications in a familiar environment. Initial uMobile modules include campus maps, directory, announcements, search, courses, campus news/ RSS, and calendars.

A screencast of the April 14, 2011 uPortal community call provides a short demonstration of uMobile.

Getting Involved

Jasig is requesting the participation of colleges and universities as contributing stakeholders or early adopters in incubating this new open source project. This team of original contributing stakeholders will have the ability to influence the direction of the project. Jasig is specifically seeking qualified software developers to join in the uMobile development effort, and financial support of the initiative.

To get involved, please contact Patty Gertz, the Jasig Executive Director by email at

You can also join the uMobile and umobile-dev discuss lists to participate in the ongoing conversation.

News and Updates

The uMobile website is currently under development, but in the meantime, follow the uMobile project on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date!

uMobile Screenshots

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  1. Dear uMobile Community,

    Jasig, and each sponsored project, is filled with talented and motivated developers, technicians and administrators all working hard, contributing energy and intellect to develop high quality enterprise systems, and in doing so, are actually supporting their local college or university and ultimately higher education globally. The results of your work benefits not only uMobile, but also our colleges and universities including our faculty, staff and students. Unfortunately many of those who benefit most from the uMobile and the Jasig community's efforts may not be aware how our projects contribute to (and even enable) their daily work, courses, academic and administrative departments, etc. Sadly, not everyone is a developer.

    However, this does not mean that non-technical individuals should not (or could not) become active contributors to either uMobile, another Jasig project or Jasig as an organization. The fundamental goal for 2-3-98 is to raise awareness and appreciation of openness among the members of the higher education community. Concerns about open source are less common today within the IT field, however are still present among our colleagues across campus. Who better to invite into the discussion (and indeed development) than those who are currently using and relying on open source projects? Unfortunately many of these folks may not even know how much they and their activities depend on uMobile or other Jasig sponsored projects. Considering this, I would ask you to look at your own project and your community, and ask two questions:

    1. How many folks on the campus who use mobile devices are aware they are using not only uMobile, but an open source application or a Jasig sponsored project?
    2. How many folks who rely on uMobile are active participants in your project or Jasig generally?

    If understanding and growth in open source projects like uMobile—and the organizations that support them like Jasig—is going to increase, we cannot limit participation to developers, technicians and administrators. We must include the end-users who can testify to the quality and viability of our projects. If campus' faculty and students access campus information on a mobile device powered by uMobile, then your campus' Communications and Marketing staff, should be a Jasig member, a uMobile contributor and 2-3-98 participant.

    Including our campus end-users, who are most familiar with, reliant on, and have come to trust Jasig's sponsored projects, provides us with an incredible opportunity to raise awareness and appreciation of open source, uMobile and the Jasig community. As campus end-users share their experiences with their colleagues and peers, a second level of dialogue will emerge beyond the technology (which, if we can be honest, can actual intimidate, detract and confuse our end-users), enabling campuses to discuss the affordances of open source, not as a technology or methodology, but as a solution to their business and operational needs.

    So I put forth a request—perhaps a challenge! Please seriously consider the two questions I asked above and identify specific individuals on the campuses who have adopted uMobile whose jobs, departments, duties, etc. rely on your project's continued success. Then, send me their names, contact information and a bit about how they use your project. I would like to introduce our efforts (uMobile's, 2-3-98's and Jasig's) and invite them to participate in one of the activities underway with 2-3-98, e.g. Edu2ools, The Logic Tree, etc. If your only contacts are technical leads on campus, please forward his/her name(s) — perhaps you could provide an introduction — and I will appeal to them directly with a similar message.

    I hope to hear from you soon, and remember, sadly, not everyone is a developer!

    Patrick Masson