Community Programs

Groups

DuraSpace Solution Communities are formed by members of the larger community around a particular area of interest for which repository-based applications could be built. We at DuraSpace see these communities as relevant to our mission of ensuring the durability of digital information in all use cases, and we encourage participation whether or not members are using DuraSpace software technologies.

The popular mythology in the open source movement, fed both by wishful thinking and media hype, implies that the software is developed by bands of fervently engaged software developers, working like Santa's elves, magically making it all happen. Nothing could be further from the truth. Interesting prototypes, experimental systems and new directions often do emerge as a result of ad hoc and creative collaborations. Mature, well-tested, production-ready, open source software and best practices, however, are methodically developed and tracked by professionals who are also stakeholders in the project’s success.

The DuraSpace's Solution Communities program is aimed at directly engaging technically-aware managers and technical practitioners in the open source process so that they have a direct role in defining the mission for the software development. The goal is to bring communities of interested people together around specific use cases that are important to their organizations, to share information and get to know each other. In this way, Solution Communities develop the level of trust that makes collaboration possible. Please visit the wiki for more information.

The primary goals of the DSpace Community Advisory Team (DCAT) are to help review and facilitate community-wide discussions about new feature requests in JIRA and to provide support to the DSpace Committer group in producing software releases. As a part of this process, DCAT reviews new feature requests and facilitates community-wide discussions on those requests that appear to have the broadest appeal or would have the biggest impact for the community. In addition to soliciting more community feedback on features, the DCAT discussions also hope to bring together project groups or stakeholders that could work on the development of those features. Membership in DCAT is open to anyone within the global DSpace user community. Please visit the wiki for more information.

The DSpace Ambassador Program seeks to identify a volunteer in every country or region to be a point of contact for organizations just getting started with DSpace. These Ambassadors help new or potential users with general questions about DSpace as well as providing guidance on additional resources available in the larger DSpace community. Ambassadors are also encouraged to help build the DSpace user network within their country. The Ambassador role is primarily for those serving as repository managers or administrators at their organization, although anyone with DSpace knowledge and experience is eligible. Please visit the wiki for more information.

Resources

In addition to the official documentation maintained by the Committer groups for each of our open source technologies, DuraSpace also provides a wiki framework where the community builds references and resources.
DSpace Wiki
Fedora Wiki
DuraCloud Wiki

The primary way our users communities discuss issues, support one another and communicate is through the various mailing lists. These lists are vibrant and active forum where users can get to know other DSpace users and developers, learn more about the community and the software, get answers to technical questions, and hear about upcoming events.
DSpace Mailing Lists
Fedora Mailing Lists
DuraCloud Mailing Lists

The DuraSpace Blog features news and information of interest to the DSpace, Fedora and DuraCloud communities. Anyone interested may subscribe to an RSS Feeds. To contribute news or blog posts, please Contact Director of Marketing & Communications Carol Minton Morris (cmmorris@duraspace.org)

There are over 1000 DSpace repositories and about 200 Fedora repositories 90 countries around the world. Our user registries provide search and browse features on all sorts of criteria. To view to registries or to register a repository, visit
DSpace Registry
Fedora Registry

The global DSpace and Fedora user communities each have at least one major user group meeting a year. Each spring there is a user group meeting held in conjunction with the Open Repository Conference. Country specific or regional user group meetings may also be available. For more information vist
DSpace User Group Meetings
Fedora User Group Meetings

All DuraSpace technologies use JIRA to track, prioritize, and guide the software development work. In addition to tracking the development work, JIRA also allows the community to watch specific issues, receive updates when there are changes as well as vote on an issue's relevance. Although there are no guarantees when a specific item will be addressed, the community can build a consensus on items captured in JIRA and it will enhance the visibility of that issue. JIRA participants can also subscribe to feeds if they are interested in tracking activity.

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