Frequently Asked Questions - Organization
There are several ways to support the DuraSpace organization. Please consider providing financial support through the DuraSpace Sponsorship Program. Contributions of code and community expertise to DuraSpace open source projects are encouraged. Find out how to get involved by contributing your time and skills here: Fedora Developers; DSpace Developers. Being involved in, or organizing a new Solution Community is also a great way to work with other community members on new strategies, requirements and initiatives around areas of mutual interest.
The organization has a Board of Directors with deep connections to library, industry, higher education and open knowledge communities. The Board works with the executive team consisting of the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, and Chief Technology Officer to execute the organization's strategy and business models. The Directors for Marketing, Communications and Community Programs provide leadership, services and information to support DuraSpace programs and communities. From a technology perspective, DuraSpace provides technical leadership and coordination for each open source repository project (DSpace and Fedora) as well as for new and emerging technologies (e.g., DuraCloud).
DuraSpace is funded through multiple types of financial and in-kind contributions from a variety of sources, sponsors and individuals which include community contributions and partner sponsorships at three levels, corporate sponsorship, foundation support through grants, and revenues from services.
We provide leadership to inspire community-driven projecs that have resulted in exciting innovations and the continuous growth of Fedora and DSpace. With deep experience in the open source software developement process, DuraSpace Solution Communities engage technically-aware managers, technical practitioners and their organizations in the open source process to define the mission for software development as well as in strategies for its successful completion. DuraSpace also continues to develop cutting-edge technologies, such as DuraCloud, to help organizations take advantage of cloud-based services that support digital preservation, archiving, and data curation.
DuraSpace is committed to providing leadership and innovation in the development and deployment of open technologies that promote durable, persistent access to digital data. We collaborate with academic, scientific, cultural, and technology communities in creating practical solutions to help ensure that current and future generations have digital access to our collective heritage.
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 and the Fedora open repository platform. DuraSpace is the home of the DuraCloud project, a new technology and hosted 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."