The CompreHensive collaborativE Framework (CHEF) initiative has as its goal, the development of a flexible environment for supporting distance learning and collaborative work, and doing research on distance learning and collaborative work. This project is staffed by University of Michigan School of Information and Media Union staff. We are working closely with and are contributing to the OKI reference architecture, and are collaborating with other groups interested in open source collaboration standards. Communities targeted for CHEF use include those involved in the scholarly activities of teaching, learning and research at the University of Michigan, and their students and colleagues involved in teaching, learning and research that are outside of the Michigan community.
The CompreHensive collaborativE Framework (CHEF) Project has as its
goal the development of a flexible environment for supporting distance
learning and collaborative work, and doing research on distance learning
and collaborative work. This will involve the identification, design
and development of a framework that can effectively accommodate various
tools that are used in supporting collaborative work and distance learning,
and tools necessary for the study of collaborative work and distance
learning. The framework needs to provide organization for the disparate
functionality used to support research, collaborative and learning activities
and be able to combine locally developed, commercial off the shelf and
free off the shelf components.
Summary of Capabilities
CHEF is an on-line service that supports working communities;
communities of scientific researchers, communities of teachers and students,
people who work together in person as well as those who are geographically
Overview of Architecture
This document describes the CHEF software architecture. The specific
features of CHEF are not covered here, except as examples used to illustrate
the architecture. See the CHEF Capabilities document for CHEF
As part of the early investigations into Jetspeed and portlet development, we have created a CHEF demo which has early implementations of File Hosting, Chat, Scheduling, Event tracking, and Security and User control. CHEF/Jetspeed demos have now been given to the OKI, CMCS, and CARAT groups.