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* [ Andrew Nicols] 
[ Too many to list!]
* [ Dan Marsden] 
* [ Dan Poltawski] 
* [ David Drummond] 
* [ David Mudrák] 
* [ Francois Marier] 
* [ Gregor Anželj] 
* Hugh Davenport
* [ Nigel McNie] (lead developer from 2006 till the end of 2009)
* [ Penny Leach] (original developer and designer)
* [ Piers Harding] (SAML & WebServices plugin maintainer)
* [ Richard Mansfield] 
* [ Ruslan Kabalin] 
* [ Stacey Walker] 
[ and many others]

Revision as of 12:07, 29 March 2012

Mahara is developed by a world-wide team of programmers, designers and enthusiastic amateurs. Many individuals and groups have contributed to Mahara so far. Most of the major ones are listed here. If you think you're missing from the list, don't hesitate to contact us! The community for Mahara is steadily growing and many users dedicate their time to improving Mahara by contributing code, time, documentation etc.

Core Teams

We grouped the contributors into developers and translators and included those who work on Mahara continuously. Thus, they are listed twice. The order of the contributors is alphabetical according to their first name.

Mahara Governance Group

The Mahara Governance group combines the strengths of the core partners; specialist e-learning service providers Kineo Pacific and the leading open source company Catalyst IT:

  • Don Christie, Catalyst IT Director
  • Mike O'Connor, Catalyst IT Director
  • Nolen Smith, Kineo Pacific Director
  • Richard Wyles, Project Leader and Kineo Pacific Director

The main function of this group is to provide overall project direction and policy and ensure the project has the appropriate resources from each respective company. As an open source community project, Mahara is guided by broad consultation with the Mahara community.


Too many to list!



Not every active community member codes, commits changes or provides translations. Many also contribute in other ways, are active in the forums etc. Among those are the following.


A large part of the development on Mahara would not be possible without the funding from institutions and organisations.

The University of Glasgow have funded several pieces of work for us, including View Templates, part of Import/Export (the HTML export is thanks to them), and various bug fixes.

GLISI/Ray Merrill funded enhancements to Mahara's groups, and Ray has provided much invaluable guidance around Mahara's usability.

With JISC funding we were able to add import/export functionality to the Mahara e-portfolio system, as part of the 1.2 release. This work was sponsored by the University of London Computer Centre, University of Glasgow and JISC Cetis.

A collaborative group in the State of New Hampshire funded the ability to submit Mahara Views for assessment in Moodle, through a grant from the New Hampshire Department of Education. This collaborative group consisted of the following school districts:

Cambridge University School of Clinical Medicine sponsored the development of the plugin Problems & Conditions.

The BScE at the University of Luxembourg funded the development of the tag cloud, improvements to the feedback function in the 1.2 and 1.3 releases, and bug fixes for Mac servers.

Birmingham City University funded the initial development work for Collections and Plans (new features in Mahara 1.3). They also supported the development of locking down blog posts and files that are used in submitted views.

Lancaster University Network Services (LUNS Ltd.) was funded by Cumbria and Lancashire Education Online (CLEO) to design several features.

United World College of South East Asia funded the CSV Group upload.

The New Zealand Ministry of Education funded a large number of features and usability changes to Mahara 1.4 and 1.5 that were implemented by Catalyst IT