I’m happy to announce the open source Collabograte project, an integration platform for collaboration components!
Collabograte helps you integrate collaboration components in your IT environment. Currently, it supports the following software packages:
Collabograte provides a reference virtual machine implementation that includes all of the above software packages configured with a number of integration points. Example: OpenLDAP stores groups of users which are used as the source of membership for Sympa mailing lists, whose messages are bidirectionally gatewayed to INN newsgroups).
Additional packages (including multiple packages for the same category of software) are welcome — the goal is to be able to mix and match any number of combinations that people find to be useful.
In addition to being a nexus for integration implementations that anyone can build on, Collabograte is also a vehicle for communicating integration-related feedback to the upstream projects and OS distributions. For example: the RPM for a software package can be improved to be more integration friendly; or entirely new features can be added to a software package to make it a better integration bridge between other components. Collabograte provides a focal point for that kind of advocacy and contribution.
I encourage you to check out the project and write to the mailing list with any comments, ideas, questions and feedback.
Here is an overview slide presentation: