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DuraSpace Community Outreach Update

In order to serve specific needs and interests within the community, the DuraSpace organization has helped to develop and facilitate a pilot concept of several new community groups over the past two years. The Solution Communities, DSpace Ambassadors, the DSpace Global Outreach Committee ” as well as collaborations like the Hydra Project, are examples of groups that have provided a variety of ways for the individuals and institutions to engage with the community. Several of these groups have accomplished a great deal since their inception and more information is available by clicking on their links above.
Going forward, DuraSpace will roll all the community groups under one framework, with the goal of providing support across both the Fedora and DSpace projects. Wikis and other infrastructure support used to facilitate the existing and future groups will be consolidated and DuraSpace will continue to encourage anyone to take advantage of the community group framework regardless of what technology they use.
DuraSpace’s Director of Community Strategy and Fedora Project Lead, Thornton Staples, will be leaving the DuraSpace organization in November for a role at the Smithsonian Institution as the Director of Research and Scientific Data Management in the CIO’s office. Thorny will continue his involvement with the Fedora user community and various community groups in his new role at the Smithsonian.  Valorie Hollister will transition into a new role as DuraSpace’s Director of Community Programs. In that role she will lead community efforts to promote initiatives that focus on broadening the reach of the DuraSpace community. Over the next few months she will work with the Fedora and DSpace communities to refine the DuraSpace community group framework and will work closely with the groups’ organizing committees and/or group members to help promote their future activities and successes.
Technical Leads for DSpace and Fedora–Tim Donohue and Chris Wilper respectively–will continue in their roles working with Committers on software development as well as helping to define the technology roadmap for each project.  In addition to the project technical leads and the Director of Community Programs, as always, the DSpace and Fedora communities will also have many resources available to them–including the mailing lists, wikis, project websites and service providers.
We look forward to the DSpace and Fedora communities’ work and activities ahead and welcome your feedback on how the DuraSpace organization can help promote more collaboration in the future.