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The LAMS Roadmap

LAMS v1.1 was released in February 2005. This was the first open source version of LAMS (al future releases are also open source.

LAMS 2.0 was released on December 6, 2006, and included many new features as well as a complete redesign of the user interface. A number of 2.0.x releases followed over the next year, including 2.0.3, which introduced the "Live Edit" feature.

LAMS 2.1 was released on June 19, 2008, to co-incide with the 2008 European LAMS Conference in Cadiz, Spain. V2.1 included the powerful new Branching and Conditions features, as well as many other features and improvements.

LAMS 2.2 was released on December 5, 2008 to co-incide with the 3rd International LAMS Conference in Sydney, Australia. V2.2 included Tool Wrappers for external tools (such as Moodle, .LRN and Google Maps) and other features and improvements.

For future development plans, as well as an overview of past development, visit the Development Roadmap at the LAMS Technical Wiki.

Statement on LAMS Roadmap, Sustainablity, Business Model and Intellectual Property (14/7/04)


The long term sustainability of LAMS is based on two strategies.

First, the LAMS Foundation (which is the owner of all LAMS intellectual property) is a not for profit organisation that will source funding for LAMS research and development from governments and charitable foundations to continue the development of LAMS.

In parallel, LAMS International Pty Ltd is a services company that works in conjunction with the LAMS Foundation which will follow the successful open source services models of companies such as Red Hat Linux, and the dual licensing models of companies such as MySQL. Its objective is to develop a sustainable revenue stream that can assist in funding future development of LAMS.

Both organisations are supported by Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia through the Macquarie E-learning Centre Of Excellence (MELCOE) led by Professor James Dalziel.

Intellectual property

The LAMS approach to intellectual property is that all current intellectual property in LAMS is held by the LAMS Foundation, and all future core LAMS intellectual property developed by MELCOE (including project work) is held by the LAMS Foundation. The LAMS Foundation is committed to releasing all core LAMS intellectual property as freely available open source software under the GPL. LAMS International Pty Ltd, on behalf of the LAMS Foundation, has the right to provide non-GPL commercial licenses for LAMS following the MySQL dual licensing model, and to provide commercial licensing revenue back to the LAMS Foundation to support ongoing development of open source LAMS. Developers who are not associated with MELCOE/LAMS who create additions or extensions to the LAMS open source software will retain intellectual property rights in their code, but developers may choose to assign the additions back to the LAMS Foundation if they would rather it be managed as part of the central LAMS codebase.

Authors who use LAMS to create "Learning Activity Sequences" retain intellectual property rights in their sequences.

For further details about LAMS, please contact Professor James Dalziel, james@melcoe.mq.edu.au