Winchester, MA The annual DuraSpace Membership Campaign for 2015 officially kicks off today. The campaign raises funds to support the continued advancement of the DSpace, Fedora and VIVO open source software. While DuraSpace proudly provides these applications for free for anyone to use, we rely on membership fees to pay for staff who provide technical leadership to direct strategic planning, organize community outreach, and coordinate timely software releases for the open source projects. Member support also makes it possible for DuraSpace to take part in strategic initiatives, such as the SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) and the Digital Preservation Network (DPN) projects. The DuraSpace mission reflects our core commitment to being a key collaborator with our community in building and sustaining the research and scholarship ecosystem. For a full report of all of DuraSpace’s activities for 2014 please see the annual report http://bit.ly/1kx22Qp.
Support the projects of interest to you and have a voice
As a DuraSpace member you have the option of directing your funds to support one or more of our open source projects; Fedora, DSpace or VIVO, or to a general DuraSpace fund to distribute based on where funding is needed most. Membership at any level gives you access to key information on the development of the project and an opportunity to participate in member project meetings and training. Higher levels of membership give institutions the opportunity to play a more active role in the direction and development of the project software and in the project governance. To learn more about DuraSpace Membership, including a list of benefits by level visit http://www.duraspace.org/about_membership.
Please join us in the critical mission to continue to meet the emerging needs of the DSpace, Fedora and VIVO user communities. To become a member simply complete the on-line membership form: http://duraspace.org/become_a_member. For any questions or more information about membership, please contact Valorie Hollister <firstname.lastname@example.org>.