Join DuraSpace in 2015

Wed, 2015-10-21 09:10 -- carol

Winchester, MA  The 2015 annual DuraSpace Membership Campaign that raises funds to support the continued advancement of the DSpace, Fedora and VIVO open source software will come to a close at the end of the year. While Duraspace projects proudly provide these applications for free for anyone to use, we rely on membership fees to pay for staff who provide technical leadership, strategic planning, and community outreach coordination, and facilitate timely software releases. Meeting our 2015 campaign financial goals will ensure that our open source projects have the crucial funds they need to advance and maintain the open source software our communities rely on.

Here’s where we stand:

 

*VIVO membership year is offset from other projects, most renewals on calendar year basis  

For a complete listing of members visit: all DuraSpace members (http://duraspace.org/all_members#), DSpace members (http://duraspace.org/all_members/dspace ), Fedora members (http://fedorarepository.org/membership# ), VIVO members (http://vivoweb.org/sponsorship).

Here’s what’s at stake:

Each open source community has some ambitious plans. By project they include:

DSpace

With participation from the DSpace community, the DSpace Steering Group has laid out plans to modernize DSpace software to meet the community’s needs of the next 5-10 years. This major revamp of DSpace will be a large undertaking, but there has been a great deal of progress already. A detailed roadmap has been approved and includes the following:

  • Efforts to increase global input

  • New and improved single user interface

  • Single search and browse system

  • Single built-in statistical engine

  • Admin user interface for configurations

  • Simplified Community and Collection hierarchy

  • Lowered effort for content deposit

  • Hierarchical metadata support

  • Relationships between objects

  • Enhanced statistical reporting

  • Enhanced basic preservation

Fedora

Re-vamping Fedora over the last few years was an enormous undertaking and the work is still on-going. Current efforts include:

  • Easing migration from Fedora 3 to 4

  • Design and delivery of Fedora 4 training opportunities - i.e. international Fedora 4 workshops, Fedora Camp, and developer-focused training

  • Support for international Fedora user group meetings

  • On-going Fedora 4 feature development and maintenance

VIVO

The VIVO governing groups have made real progress on plans to improve the software. Current efforts will ensure VIVO meets the needs of the community in the coming years. Those efforts include:

  • Broadening community contributions and participation

  • Delivery of VIVO version 1.9, including support for commercial triplestores  to significantly improve performance

  • Addition of vitae, reports and more visualizations

  • Expanded coverage of the VIVO-ISF ontology to the humanities and to the behavioral sciences

  • Development of a training program for those new to VIVO

  • Further integration with ORCID, PubMed, SciENCV, CrossRef, institutional repositories, and SHARE

Here’s what you can do to help:

In order to achieve each community’s ambitious plans we must have your financial support. By joining DuraSpace you will have the opportunity to support the projects that are of interest to you, and also to have a voice in project governance. Watch this short video to learn more about being a DuraSpace member: https://youtu.be/H86N4MQ9hEA.

Become a DuraSpace member by simply completing the on-line membership form: http://duraspace.org/become_a_member. If you have any questions or need more information about membership, please contact Valorie Hollister <vhollister@duraspace.org>.