Sorry about the late send, I misaddressed this to the listserv during
the last meetup.
There are a collection of presentations published on stonesoup.org from
the last Common Solutions Group meeting. MSU is a member of this
invite-only coalition. Tom Davis, Matt Kolb, and I were at this
meeting. I caught the last part of this workshop. There are a variety
of approaches represented among these, including some that are close to
(and far from) what MSU is currently doing.
The variety of approaches include (and maybe more than I can recall):
MIT Mobile Web
Native App Shells (just launches a browser)
Registration and Certificate-based Policy-based management of mobile
devices (forced to do if using net)
Native coding of webapps to use different CSS/HTML for mobile devices
Web-services for data access
All the presentations are posted here:
Here is a link to a cool page that Princeton put together that I think
is great inspiration of what we might be able to accomplish by making
public data accessible through web-services. If you read between the
lines a bit you can see the multiple stewards represented and see how
multiple org units with differing technical capabilities (from their
datastores and from their expertise) assembled the actual web services.
Scott TerMeer from AIS emailed me directly after the meeting suggesting
a good way of moving forward towards some web services for public
information (e.g. description of courses). I'll leave it to him to
share the details, but if you have stewardship over a collection of MSU
data that fits one of the examples provided by Princeton (or a good
relationship with the steward), you might want to join that sidebar
discussion with Scott.
Director - Virtual University Design and Technology (vuDAT)
Michigan State University