Why Open Source?

Why Open Source?

DuraSpace offers a portfolio of open source technologies developed by librarians, archivists, technologists and researchers who share the goal of creating and preserving long-term access to the world’s digital heritage. For these stewards of knowledge, open source software has several important advantages over proprietary software. Open source is developed through free sharing and the transparent exchange of ideas and resources among peers. This makes it possible for us to leverage the enormous talent of self-motivated participants contributing expert skills and knowledge from all over the world. Over the last ten years, the users of DSpace and Fedora repositories have used this process to build robust software platforms that power repositories in more than 1,000 institutions scattered over 90 countries.

Software Democracy

It takes a lot of work to create any kind of software, and open source software meets the challenge by relying on a collaborative, meritocratic process. Participants maintain a shared infrastructure to facilitate their work, and they find ways to leverage community expertise and resources to drive the development process forward. The software is free and open for anyone to use and the community publishes and enforces standard licensing policies that guarantee open terms of use and distribution forever.

Lots of Friends

Open Source projects depend on strong user communities to succeed. Members of the DuraSpace community share a deep understanding of the challenges of digital preservation using DSpace, Fedora, and DuraCloud. They are committed to scholarly standards of open communication and collaborative relationships. If you are interested, there are several ways to join with others who are creating innovative, open source DuraSpace technologies. To find out more, you can:

Visit the Dspace Wiki;

Join Weekly DSpace Committer meetings;

Join the Fedora Commons Developers’ Forum; or,

Join the weekly Fedora Committer/Special Topic Meetings.