Enabling Collaboration through Solution Communities

Fri, 2009-12-11 12:50 -- Anonymous (not verified)

By the DuraSpace team
Ithaca, NY, Boston, MA DuraSpace believes that communities are essential to the creation of shared and enduring solutions.  To address the challenges inherent in digital information, the power of community can be harnessed towards solutions for preserving our digital heritage, promoting open access, enabling scholarly communication, managing scientific data, and more.
As part of its not-for-profit mission, DuraSpace facilitates the Solution Communities program. Our goal is to promote a bottom-up approach to community organizing and enable grassroots efforts to flourish. DuraSpace helps guide motivated community leaders and practitioners in organizing their communities.  Together, we hope to advance our collective knowledge and develop solutions to ensure that our digital data and digital collections are durable and accessible.
DuraSpace extends an invitation to the DSpace and Fedora repository communities, and others with similar interests, to participate in Solution Communities. There are many benefits to joining such as establishing new collaborations, exploring new ideas, developing a shared knowledge base, and building shared software solutions. Already, four Solution Communities have formed in the areas of Data Curation, Digital Preservation and Archiving, Scholars Workbench, and Small Archives.
DuraSpace offers a suite of tools and services to support Solution Communities:
• Wiki for creating community knowledge bases
• Group email lists for regular communications
• Social networking tool
• Source code repository for qualifying software projects
• Webinar support
• Help in coordinating collaborative projects
Visit Solution Communities:
http://www.fedora-commons.org/confluence/display/FCCWG/Home
Visit Solution Communities Crowdvine:
http://duraspace.crowdvine.com/
ABOUT DURASPACE
DuraSpace (http://DuraSpace.org) 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.  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.”