DuraSpace Launches New Service Provider Program to Support Open Source Software

Thu, 2010-07-01 16:11 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Contact Michele Kimpton for more information: mkimpton@duraspace.org.
Ithaca, NY  Today, the DuraSpace not-for-profit organization announced its new Registered Service Provider Program to establish partnerships with companies that provide support services to institutions using the DSpace and Fedora digital repository software.
The new program will establish an network of service providers offering a range of services including customer support, technical consulting, software development, and systems integration.   The program will benefit universities, libraries, museums, research institutions, and others that require support in building or maintaining repository-based systems built with DSpace, Fedora, and related open source and commercial technologies.
Registered Service Providers will be easily identified.   They will be featured on the DuraSpace web site (duraspace.org) and relevant project websites, with contact information and a profile of their service offerings.   Providers will also exhibit their affiliation with DuraSpace by displaying the special DuraSpace Service Provider Logo on their marketing materials and websites.
Registered Service Providers share the DuraSpace commitment to ensuring that current and future generations have access to our collective digital heritage. Service Providers are active participants in open source software communities and are committed to providing expertise and technical consulting to enable customers to achieve their goals with open technologies.
The program will launch with five initial Registered Service Providers: Atmire (i.e., @mire), CILEA, DiscoveryGarden, Enovation, Media Shelf and Wijiti.  DuraSpace invites other companies providing services supporting digital repositories and cloud-based solutions to join.
DiscoveryGarden CEO Mark Leggott says, “DiscoveryGarden is excited to be among the first companies working with the DuraSpace community as a member of the Registered Service Provider Program. The DuraSpace family of open source software provides an unparalleled foundation for building a healthy repository ecosystem that can help steward digital assets in any landscape. This new program is an excellent example of how we can both benefit from and contribute to building a vibrant and sustainable DuraSpace community.”
DiscoveryGarden provides consulting and software-as-service based around the Islandora open source solution stack.  Islandora integrates two best-practice open source software solutions (Drupal and Fedora repositories) to create unique systems for digital asset management and enterprise content management.
Lieven Droogmans, CEO of Atmire (@mire) says, “@mire is proud to be one of the first Registered Service Providers in the DuraSpace program. Through this financial and technical commitment, our company seeks to further extend its relationship with the community and to contribute to the continuity and success of DSpace around the world. DSpace is the key component in most of @mire’s projects and lies at the core of @mire’s activities. Each member of our technical staff is fully devoted to DSpace customization and development.”
Atmire (@mire) is a company that has a wide offering for institutions running DSpace repositories including installation, customization, add-on modules, training and support services.
For more information about Registered Service Providers, or to join the DuraSpace Registered Service Providers Program, contact Michele Kimpton at mkimpton@DuraSpace.org.
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, the Fedora open repository platform, and the Mulgara semantic database.  DuraSpace is the home of DuraCloud, 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.”