DuraSpace Launches 2011 Community Sponsorship Program

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The cover of the 2011 DuraSpace Community Sponsorship Program brochure.

Ithaca, NY The challenges of preserving and providing access to researcher data continue to grow and the stakes remain high. DuraSpace, an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, has launched its 2011 Sponsorship Program to engage leaders from university and library communities in supporting the common goal of ensuring that our scholarly record of digital content and data is saved and accessible for future generations.

Community sponsors contribute at three levels of giving (http://DuraSpace.org/sponsors) as an investment in community-driven approaches to preserving our digital heritage. DuraSpace (http://DuraSpace.org) is the home of the DSpace (http://DSpace.org/), Fedora (http://Fedora-commons.org/) open source software for digital repositories and DuraCloud (http://DuraCloud.org), a hosted service for managing your content in the cloud. 

Providing leadership and community support

DuraSpace (http://DuraSpace.org/) is committed to providing leadership and innovation in the development and deployment of open technologies that promote durable, persistent access to digital data. Collaborators include highly respected academic institutions, government agencies, and scientific and cultural organizations.  In addition to its work in open source software and services, DuraSpace advocates for open access to scholarly publications and for interoperability of the supporting technologies. DuraSpace has helped to establish open standards and protocols by working with other open source software projects and working closely with commercial partners on integration strategies.

Ann J. Wolpert, Director of Libraries, Massachusettes Institute of Technology, offers this rationale for financial support of the DuraSpace organization: “DuraSpace offers immediate solutions for university libraries grappling with growing amounts of digital content and data. By supporting their work, we are not only investing in the future of our own digital repositories, but in the integrity of the larger scholarly record as well.”

About DuraSpace

DuraSpace is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. DuraSpace software and services are used worldwide as solutions for open access, institutional repositories, digital libraries, digital archives, data curation, virtual research environments, and more.  DuraSpace provides leadership and innovation in the use of open source and cloud-based technologies to serve libraries, universities, research centers, cultural heritage institutions, and other knowledge stewards.  The organization’s open source technology portfolio includes the DSpace open access repository application and the Fedora open repository platform. DuraSpace is the home of DuraCloud (http://DuraCloud.org), an emerging cloud-based service that leverages existing cloud infrastructure to enable durability and access to digital content.  The DuraSpace team includes recognized leaders and experts in the management of digital information.  The team works with an active and diverse international community committed to the durability of digital resources.

The DuraSpace technology portfolio inherently addresses the issue of durability of digital content.  Our values are expressed in our organizational byline, “open technologies for durable digital content.”

Contact: Valorie Hollister, Director of Community Programs; vhollister[at]duraspace.org

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