Thinking/talking more about Personal Portals. Like, what is the difference between the University Portal and a Personal Portal. The difference is context. The University portal shows you information in the context of the University. A Personal portal shows you information in the context of your Case identity.
See the difference? Would a mock-up help? Here you go — CaseSpace: Jeremy Smith.
There's a lot of hand-wavery in there (remember, it is just a mock-up). Some of it is self-explanatory e.g. the directory information comes from (where else?) the directory server. The other information comes from various RSS feeds. But, where does the data from the calendar come from? What about publication URIs? The photo? Where do those links for "interests" and "favorites" go? How would it know what organizations you belong or what classes you are enrolled in? How is the data edited?
How does it integrate with other Case offered services?
Some of these items have been fleshed out in our internal Wiki. Some of them are only fleshed out in my mind. Granted, a lot of the sources of information need to get into the Directory Server such as Student Organization groupings and course groupings. Integration with the document sharing portions and a collaboration suite are easy if one has a WebDAV enabled collaboration suite. Oh, yea, and this would export everything... EVERYTHING in RSS format for easy integration into all kinds of things in a myriad of different ways.
There's some other nuances. It's all in my head. Everything is always in my head.