Community

Welcome to the DSpace Open Source Community

DSpace is an open source software platform developed and supported by our user community, with the help and guidance of DuraSpace. The community welcomes your interest and participation. Currently there are over 1000 instances of DSpace running worldwide, so you are in good company.

How can you get involved with the DSpace user community?

Register Your DSpace Instance

There are over 1000 DSpace repositories around the world. Please take the time to register your site so you are included in our growing list of “Who’s Using DSpace?”.

Join the Community Mailing Lists

The primary way DSpace users discuss issues and communicate with one another is through the various mailing lists. The DSpace community has three very active mailing lists where you can meet other DSpace users and developers, learn more about the community and the software, get answers to technical questions, and hear of upcoming events.

Other support options are also listed on our wiki.

Become a Member and take part in Project Governance

DSpace Members are leaders from university, research, library organizations, and others, who have made a financial commitment to our open source projects. As such they have become a partner in governance, ensuring that DuraSpace projects continue to serve the global communities that depend on them into the future.

Additional Support via Registered Service Providers

Registered Service Providers have made an investment in DSpace technology and a commitment to work cooperatively with DuraSpace organization to best serve the community of users.  If you require advanced support or hosting of your DSpace, we recommend contacting one (or more) of our registered service providers for a quote.

Sign up for an RSS feed of the DuraSpace Blog

The DuraSpace Blog features news and information from the and DSpace and Fedora communities. You may subscribe to the RSS from this blog, and/or receive a monthly DuraSpace Blog Digest by subscribing to dspace-community. Contact Director of Marketing & Communications Carol Minton Morris (cmmorris@duraspace.org) to contribute news or blog posts.

Monitor Platform Development Work and Make Feature Requests

The DSpace community uses JIRA to track, prioritize, and guide its work. In addition to tracking the DSpace platform development work, Jira also allows the community to watch specific issues — receive updates when there are changes — as well as vote on an issue’s relevance. Although there are no guarantees when a specific item will be addressed, the community can build a consensus on items captured in Jira and it will enhance the visibility of that issue. Jira participants can also subscribe to feeds, if they are interested in tracking activity.

Contribute Code or Other Efforts to the Community

The success of any open source project lies with the community contributing its collective energy, information, enthusiasm, and effort. There are many ways to contribute to DSpace — not just in writing code. See our Contributors page for ideas of how you can help further the DSpace project — there’s a role for everyone.