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DuraSpace Launches 2012 Community Sponsorship Program

Ithaca, NY Today the DuraSpace organization announced the launch of the 2012 Sponsorship Program encouraging users of DSpace, Fedora and DuraCloud open source technologies for digital preservation and access to invest in radical collaboration by becoming DuraSpace sponsors. This software is available free of charge and DuraSpace does not receive significant funding from government agencies or private foundations. Instead DuraSpace relies on financial support from those organizations who directly benefit by using its open source software.

“The challenge of preserving academic content is too great for any one institution to tackle alone”, says Karin Wittenborg, University Librarian, University of Virginia. “DuraSpace fosters collaborative activities and open-source solutions to ensure that knowledge will be accessible to future generations."

DuraSpace Community Sponsorship information:

More and more data
Research data and the scholarly record continue to grow while libraries remain uniquely positioned to take advantage of open access, open source and open data systems that address burgeoning data and access for future generations. DuraSpace, an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is a catalyst in this effort by supporting the development of DSpace ( and Fedora ( open source software for digital repositories, and DuraCloud (, a hosted service and open technology for managing content in the cloud.

Leadership, advocacy and solutions
The combined benefits of strategic leadership, innovative solutions, community outreach and advocacy on behalf of DuraSpace communities have resulted in ongoing development and deployment of open technologies for durable, persistent access to digital data. Community collaborators in these efforts include highly respected academic institutions, government agencies, and scientific and cultural organizations.

DuraSpace advocates for open access to scholarly publications and for interoperability of the supporting technologies and has helped to establish open standards and protocols by working with other open source software projects and commercial partners on integration strategies. DuraSpace is an active participant in the Digital Preservation Network (DPN), EDUCAUSE, International Open Repositories Conference, Internet2, and the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA).

Feel free to contact Valorie Hollister, Director of Community Programs ( with questions about the DuraSpace 2012 Community Sponsorship Program.

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. 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, a cloud-based software 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 who work with an active and diverse international community committed to the durability of digital resources.