Last Chance to Become a DuraSpace Sponsor

Wed, 2012-09-26 14:46 -- carol


Winchester, MA  As many of you are aware, the DuraSpace organization launched the 2012 Sponsorship Program earlier this year. Funds raised will help pay for the direct costs -- staff and programs --  for the DSpace and Fedora open source software.  Without this funding DuraSpace will not be able to provide dedicated technical leads for each project, infrastructure to run the projects, and community programs to facilitate collaboration and learning within the user communities.  With the close of our campaign on October 31st, today we make a final request of any institution using DSpace or Fedora to become a DuraSpace sponsor for 2012. 

Why become a Sponsor?
DSpace and Fedora open source software is available free of charge. If you pay licensing fees for proprietary software to run your repository you may also pay a maintenance fee that can be as much as $20,000 per year or more to cover access to new releases and bug fixes. In contrast, DSpace and Fedora communities pay nothing for ongoing software upgrades, maintenance, release management and the development infrastructure. Sponsorship funds to DuraSpace ensure the continuity of these valuable services.

Tim Donohue, DuraSpace technical lead for the DSpace repository project explains, "DuraSpace staff do more than coordinate code development. Yes, our community open source committers use the online wiki and bug tracker services provided by DuraSpace to accomplish software releases. But along with other DuraSpace staff, I act on behalf of the community to create, communicate and gather feedback to ensure that our open source products meet the needs of the greatest number of stakeholders."

DuraSpace relies on community financial support to pay for continual releases, technical leadership and coordination. Every institution saves money because they do not have to improve software on their own. By everyone contributing a little, priorities can be addressed and code contributions come together to benefit the entire  global community of users.

Without the strategic project management that DuraSpace provides, the health and vitality of DSpace and Fedora open source software would suffer. "Some bugs would get fixed, but significant  improvements and advances to the platform would not happen without DuraSpace," said Chris Wilper, DuraSpace technical lead for the Fedora repository project.

Becoming a DuraSpace Sponsor costs much less than what you would pay to a proprietary software vendor. The sponsor program has 3 sponsor levels (Gold-$10,000, Silver-$5,000 and Bronze-$2,500). We also welcome contributions from new 2012 sponsors at our “Friends of DuraSpace” level which can be in any amount. To find out more about the program or use the Paypal credit card feature to become a sponsor today visit http://duraspace.org/sponsors. If you have questions, please contact Valorie Hollister at vhollister@duraspace.org

We strongly urge you to make a contribution and become a DuraSpace Sponsor today. Your support will ensure that DSpace and Fedora open source software remains a dynamic force in contributing to collecting, managing and preserving the world's scientific and cultural heritage.

DuraSpace 2012 Sponsors to date
DuraSpace would like to thank all the institutions that have already renewed their sponsorship as well as those organizations that have joined us for the first time (new sponsors are noted in italics below).

Gold Sponsors
Arizona State University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Duke University
Emory University
Indiana University
ICPSR
Johns Hopkins University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
North Carolina State University
Stanford University
Texas Digital Library
Tufts University
University of British Columbia
University of Illinois
University of Michigan
University of Pittsburgh          
University of Toronto
University of Virginia
Virginia Tech

Silver Sponsors
Georgia Institute of Technology
Harvard University
Monash University
Ohio State University
Rice University
Smithsonian Institution
University of Calgary
University of California San Diego
University of Cambridge
University of Edinburgh
University of Guelph
University of Hull
University of Kansas
University of Maryland
University of Miami
University of Minnesota
University of New South Wales
University of Ottawa
University of Prince Edward Island
University of York
York University Libraries

Bronze Sponsors
Brown University
Case Western Reserve University
CLIR
Florida State University

Georgetown University
Imperial College London
Lafayette College
New York University
Purdue University
Oxford University
Rockefeller University
State and University Library, Aarhus, Denmark
University of Adelaide
University of Arizona
University of Auckland
University of Connecticut
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Manitoba
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Missouri
Université de Montréal
University of New Brunswick
University of Notre Dame
University of Technology Sydney
University of Tennessee
Utrecht University
Vrije University Amsterdam
Yale University
Youngstown State University

Friends of DuraSpace
Creighton University
Kansas State University
Loughborough University
Massey University
Temple University
University of Delaware