Duraspace just launched their 2012 community sponsorship program. This non-for-profit organization is the result of the merger between the Fedora Commons organization and the DSpace Foundation. These organizations joined forces as they were trying to achieve the same goal, to offer open source solutions to increase the online availability of digital resources. Today, Duraspace governs the DSpace and Fedora Commons open source software projects and even introduced a new one, Duracloud.
Importance of community sponsorship
The DSpace community relies a great deal on grassroot efforts across the globe. People not only contribute by writing code but also contribute by providing valuable requirements, use cases, translations, documentation and bug fixes. Duraspace does a fantastic job guiding and channeling these efforts. Without someone at the helm it would become much harder, if not impossible, to follow a time based release schedule and release new versions on a regular basis. The professional and personal lives of many open source contributors often make it very challenging to be involved on a consistent and regular basis. Your sponsorship provides the people in Duraspace with exactly the support they need to be consistently providing support and leadership to get these projects to their next milestone. In this light, Duraspace is really your best bet if you care about continuity and innovation of the DSpace, Fedora Commons and Duracloud projects.
As a non commercial entity, Duraspace guards the openness of new innovations in this space. This has created a fertile ground for collaboration, an eco system in which institutions across the globe have benefited from a high quality platform with no annual license fees. It's a true meritocracy in which solid arguments and hard work prevail for the benefit of all.
As a commercial player in this eco system, @mire supports Duraspace through the Registered Service Provider program. @mire believes strongly in supporting Duraspace by contributing manpower to the open source development and other areas of DSpace, as well as supporting Duraspace financially by contributing back a portion of the revenues.