Brown University Libraries Join the Fedora Futures Project as Platinum Sponsor

Tue, 2013-07-02 14:46 -- carol

Winchester, MA  The Fedora Futures team is very pleased to extend a warm welcome to Brown University. Brown is one of several institutions who are answering the a call for serious community re-investment in Fedora.

The fast-moving Fedora Futures initiative was started by members of the Fedora community to preserve the strengths of the Fedora architecture and community, address the need for robust and full-featured repository services, and to provide a successful platform for the next 5-10 years. Read more on the Fedora Futures blog: http://fcrepo.org/blog/2013/03/18/welcome-to-the-future/

Harriette Hemmasi, Joukowsky Family University Librarian, Brown University, explains the decision to support Fedora Futures: "Already invested in using Fedora as the foundation for our digital repository, Brown has a critical interest in the evolution and maintenance of this software. We are increasingly aware of the many challenges and opportunities, both now and into the future, for digital repositories and we recognize the need for a contemporary, flexible platform that supports our growth and changing expectations. It is rewarding to be part of an initiative that encourages closer coordination and results in enhanced services among libraries using common open-source software tools."

The DuraSpace and the Fedora Futures Steering Group are seeking "platinum" sponsors to raise the level of support for Fedora to $500,000 a year for three years to catalyze the development of Fedora 4. 

About Fedora

Fedora is an open source project that provides a flexible, extensible and durable digital object management services. First released in 2004, it has hundreds of adopters worldwide, with deep roots in the research, scientific, intellectual and cultural heritage communities. See http://fedora-commons.org/ for more information. It is supported by its community of users, and stewarded by DuraSpace. The Fedora Futures Steering Committee is looking for project sponsors and in-kind contributions of developer time to meet project goals over the next three years. If you are interested in finding out about how to get involved please contact Jonathan Markow at jjmarkow@duraspace.org.

About DuraSpace

DuraSpace (http://duraspace.org) is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing leadership and innovation for open technologies that promote durable, persistent access to digital data. We collaborate with academic, scientific, cultural, and technology communities by supporting projects and creating services to help ensure that current and future generations have access to our collective digital heritage. Our values are expressed in our organizational byline, "Committed to our digital future."

DuraSpace supported open technology projects provide long-term, durable access to and discovery of digital assets. DSpace and Fedora are two of the most widely-used repository solutions in the world with more than fifteen hundred institutions that use and help develop these open source software repository platforms.

DuraSpace also provides innovative solutions to meet today’s access and preservation challenges with subscription services that include DuraCloud (http://duracloud.org), an easy and cost effective way to archive, share and manage content in the cloud, and DSpaceDirect (http://dspacedirect.org), a low-cost, hosted repository service due to launch later this year.

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