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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.