Alliance is an online Collaboration environment for the ANU community. Using a set of features (such as announcements, calendar, forums, resources, wiki and more) groups of researchers and students can create worksites for collaboration.
Alliance project sites are protected by passwords and they can be public or private. The project site owners can invite guests (both ANU and non-ANU) to participate in their site. Both owners and guests need to comply with ANU policies including the Acceptable Use of Information Infrastructure.
Users of Alliance are not required to have any advanced technical knowledge, apart from browsing the internet and creating and working with documents and folders using either a PC, Mac or other Internet enabled platform.
Some examples of ways you might use Alliance:
- Researchers/PhD students can share their research findings with other researchers and academics locally as well as globally and receive feedback on their work from their supervisor and other academics.
- A group of students can build a site with a discussion board to assist with collaboration and resource sharing on a group project.
- A committee can build a site to share reading materials, agendas and minutes, to discuss items outside meetings and to list meeting schedules.
Alliance uses software called Sakai. Sakai software is part of the Sakai Project, a Research and Development project for creating open source collaborative tools for use in learning, research, and other types of distributed group work. Sakai has been developed by a consortium of groups including the following Universities: MIT, Indiana University, Stanford University, University of Michigan, and University of California Berkeley.