In particular, it will be demonstrating the new HarvestRoad Hive online and mobile learning authoring plug-ins (Hive Packager™ and Hive Mobile™) as well as the new SOA architecture favouring state-of-the-art integration with Sakai and Moodle, the leading open source virtual learning platforms, using Hive’s advanced DR technology for managing, sharing and federating multi-channel learning contents across content providers and educational networks.
Michael Korcuska, Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation, an open source software project driven by a worldwide consortium of educational institutions, commercial organisations and individuals dedicated to providing course management, research collaboration and e-portfolio tools will be joining Giunti Labs’ exhibition booth at Online Educa Berlin on Thursday 4th December, from 4:30pm to 7:00pm.
“The emergence of open source solutions, such as Sakai and Moodle, heralds a period of greater choice and flexibility,” said Fabrizio Cardinali, Giunti Labs’ CEO.
“HarvestRoad Hive is a content bridge solution – helping organisations to move their content safely from one learning management system to another while federating their content offerings and provisions into open digital marketplaces sharing both user generated and professional publishers’ materials. This not only allows organisations to protect their investment in content but also opens the way for greater choice and flexibility for managing learning and knowledge objects among the end user community, similarly to what the iTunes model has done for music.”
Digital repositories, such as HarvestRoad Hive, provide a centralised, co-ordinated and user-focused resource to serve the teaching, learning and research needs for organisations in all sectors of the economy. They bring together an organisation’s digital resources in a single, cohesive and accessible web-based environment that also provides access to external digital resources to further support the learning process.
Having a digital repository aims to accelerate the development and digital accessibility of unique interdisciplinary materials by creating an infrastructure that allows learners to bring together concepts, data, discoveries, ideas, interpretations and methods in powerful new ways.
According to, Andrea Gentili, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for Giunti Labs: “A key ‘pain point’ facing the modern organisation is that it has a great deal of content but its staff spends a significant amount of its time to find this content when they need it.
“A recent study by Forrester Research shows that workers tend to spend between 25 per cent and 40 per cent of their typical working day trying to find existing content,” he said. “They then spend 70 per cent of the time left recreating the information that can’t be found.
“Organisations can easily develop ‘vertical’ silos of information which, by their very nature, make this information difficult for others to find.”
“In order to make this information available and accessible to all those within the organisation who need it – and, more importantly, all those who can benefit the organisation by having it - you need to store it in a single place but deliver it to multiple places. That is what a digital repository, such as HarvestRoad Hive, does.
“And, in learning terms, if you can’t even find the learning content you’re looking for, you can’t learn from it!” he pointed out.
“One way of overcoming this problem is to have a digital repository offering refined categorisation and search tools that help locate information quickly. Such a system would provide quantifiable savings in terms of time and resources – and that’s what HarvestRoad Hive does.”
“The system’s advanced copyright engine lets you record and track usage of copyright material and licences,” said John Rowling, Hive’s chief technical officer. “And it interfaces with other systems to provide a flexible hub for digital asset management, delivering content to a range of front-end delivery systems.”
It is in this way – as a ‘content bridge’ that Staffordshire University in the UK is using HarvestRoad Hive. Established in the early 1990s, Staffordshire University has some 16,000 students, based at two main campuses in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford, as well as a co-funded University Centre in Lichfield.
The university provides courses at foundation, certificate, diploma, degree and postgraduate level in the arts, media and design; business and law; computing, engineering and technology; as well as health and sciences. It also runs a number of vocational courses, including a range of employer-backed foundation degrees, through its network of further education colleges throughout Staffordshire and Shropshire.
Recognising that geographical and time barriers can be a constraint to learning, the university continues to develop online courses for access at home and/or in the workplace.
Using HarvestRoad Hive, university staff can now share, re-use and repurpose their content. This avoids anyone having to ‘reinvent the wheel’, enabling the university’s investment in e-learning content – probably over a million pounds’ worth of effort - to be used more effectively.
“In addition, we can use HarvestRoad Hive to hold course-related information – for example, where a work-based mentor can go to a work-based support portal and get relevant resources,” said Professor Mark Stiles, Staffordshire University’s head of Learning Development and Innovation. “Thus, more than being used merely to develop course material, HarvestRoad Hive can support the entire learning experience.”
Sakai is an open source software project driven by a worldwide consortium of educational institutions, commercial organisations and individuals dedicated to providing course management, research collaboration and e-portfolio tools. The Sakai Project is supported by the Sakai Foundation, a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to coordinating activities around Sakai and the Sakai community to insure Sakai's long-term viability.
About Giunti Labs
Giunti Labs is a leading Online and Mobile Learning Content Management Solutions provider with global headquarters in Italy and offices in London (UK), Frankfurt (Germany), Lund (Sweden), Boston (US), as well as Sydney and Perth (Australia).
Giunti Labs provides a wide range of solutions, in response to any content, learning and knowledge management need, covering:
• 24/7 multi language learning content production;
• LCMS and Digital Repository Platforms;
• Delivery solutions for mobile & wireless;
• Consulting and professional services.
Giunti Labs is part of Giunti Group, a leading educational and cultural heritage publisher with roots back to 1841. Over the years Giunti has built a catalogue of huge dimensions (over 7.000 titles) and acquired new brands in Italy and worldwide.
In 2008, Giunti Labs acquired the HarvestRoad Hive digital repository system, which manages any form of content used in online learning, corporate training and knowledge management initiatives. HarvestRoad Hive can interface with practically any ERP, Learning or Course Management System and is already integrated with several commonly used course management systems, authoring and content assembly tools.
Further information from:
Minna Leikas, Giunti Labs, +39 3474435167, m.leikas[.]giuntilabs.com.