Moodle, Elgg, CivicSpace, CiviCRM and Drupal should join forces


  • save development effort across projects
  • collaborate on fundraising, marketing, etc.
  • deliver complete solution across application domains on one web framework: CMS, CRM, Course Ware, and Social Apps


  • Phase 1: light integration (single sign on / common installer / unified interface)
  • Phase 2: Leverage Drupal frame-work as appropriate

It will work because

  • Funders love joint projects
  • LAMP is way cheaper than JSP/J2EE
  • This is exactly what CTO's / CIO's at Universities want
  • We have the community! (Drupal: 55,000, Moodle: 8,900, CivicSpace: 2,000 installs)


  • Sakai / uPortal / OSPI
  • CivicSpace / Drupal / CiviCRM


  • application integration
  • business models


  1. Project leads sign on
  2. Line up University partners (some paying members)
  3. Get industry partners to back project
  4. Merge fundraising targets
  5. Raise seed round from private donors to investigate
  6. Create prototype integration
  7. Raise real money from foundations
  8. Execute
  9. Win

Sakai vs. Moodle

For IT directors at schools debating whether to use Sakai or Moodle as a course management solution, here is a side by side comparison. All signs point strongly towards Moodle kicking Sakai's butt and to the Mellon Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and Sakai Partners wasting $6.6M.

Moodle: 2002
Sakai: 2004

Community Website Traffic (Alexa*):
Moodle: 150 per million
Sakai: 20 per million

Business Readiness Rating (
Moodle: 4.19
Sakai: 3.23

Moodle: 27
Sakai: 11

Install Base:
Moodle: 8,900
Sakai: 35

Moodle: $0 initial funding and ~ $12,000 a year from individual donors.
Sakai Project: $2,200,000 initial grant from Mellon Foundation and Hewlett Foundation and $4,400,000 from core partners.

Related Posts:
Digging into OpenBRR Rating of Sakai and Moodle
Higher-ed LMS Market Penetration: Moodle vs. WebCT+Blackboard vs. Sakai

* Alexa statistics are definitely suspect. I would love to see more reliable data. If anyone has access to better data please get in touch.

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