DSpace Governance

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Governance Overview

The DSpace governance establishes the

  • Principles and goals for the project
  • Strategic direction and product roadmap
  • Accountability
  • Sustainability plan
  • Management decision framework
  • Means of conducting operations

Governance is based on a representative, community-based membership model incrementally rewarding members who have made the greatest commitments to the project

Governance Roles

Leadership Group

The Leadership Group is made up of members that contribute over $10,000 annually to the project, along with representatives from institutions contributing at least 0.5 FTE in-kind developers. The group will also include some elected member representatives from the $5,000, $2,500, and Developing Nation contributor levels. The Leadership Group approves the overall priorities and strategic direction of the project by:

  • Approving the annual budget allocation and any modifications
  • Approving the product roadmap
  • Approving the strategic direction
  • Nominating and electing Steering Group members
  • Voting on key decisions presented by Steering Group
  • Helping to raise funds and secure other resources on behalf of the project
Current members of the Leadership Group may be found at http://dspace.org/leadership-group

Steering Group

The Steering Group is nominated and elected by the Leadership Group. The Steering Group provides project oversight and ensures that the priorities of the Leadership Group and members are met, by:

  • Providing strategic direction to the Project
  • Recommending annual budget allocations
  • Presenting key decisions to the Leadership Group for discussion and approval
  • Raising funds and securing other resources on behalf of the Project
  • Overseeing project operations
Current members of the Steering Group may be found at http://dspace.org/steering-group

Community Liaison

The Community Liaison is someone from a member institution who has been chosen to represent their organization for the purpose of important communications.  For example, when an institution is asked to vote in a project governance election, the Community Liaison will be the designated individual who will cast the vote, based on a consultation with local project stakeholders. The Community Liaison is someone we expect to have an awareness of the status of the project so that they can help their institution make informed decisions.
DSpace Committers

DSpace Committers have autonomous control over the code and are also the primary support team for DSpace. The primary responsibilities of Committers are:

  • Maintain the codebase; Committers are the only individuals who can actively change/commit to the codebase

  • Review all code contributions/changes to ensure stability, etc

  • Merge/accept community code contributions

  • Help to resolve bugs or security issues within codebase

  • Help to provide ongoing support to community developers and users (via IRC, mailing lists, etc.)

  • Perform and manage new releases based on the roadmap.

Anyone may be nominated as a Committer by anyone else. Typically, nominations are made by existing Committers on the basis of sustained contribution to DSpace that indicates an ability to fulfill Committer responsibilities. Examples of such contribution are participation in discussions on the DSpace mailing lists, IRC etc, participation in developer meetings, reporting bugs, help with testing, and contribution of code via pull requests. Only existing Committers may vote to add a nominated person to the Committers group.

The list of current Committers can be found at https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/DSPACE/DSpace+Committers

Standing Working Groups

Our list of Working Groups and Interest Groups is always changing, based on the current strategic goals of the project.

For a list of the current Working/Interest Groups please visit https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/DSPACE/Project+Governance

Governance Benefits

DuraSpace members are granted governance rights commensurate with their financial allocation to the project. The following table shows the governance-related benefits for DSpace contributors.

  • No project governance role at the Supporter Level
  • Eligibility to and voting rights for DuraSpace Board of Directors
  • Nominate and elect two $2,500 contributors to serve on the Leadership Group, and one discounted Bronze member 
  • Eligible to be nominated and elected to the Steering Group
  • Nominate and elect four $5,000 contributors to serve on the Leadership Group
  • Eligible to be nominated and elected to the Steering Group
  • Guaranteed one seat on Leadership Group
  • Eligible to be nominated and elected to the Steering Group
  • Guaranteed one seat on Leadership Group
  • Eligible to be nominated and elected to the Steering Group


* NOTE: All members may nominate and elect one at-large DuraSpace Board Director.


Other Membership Benefits

To view other DuraSpace membership benefits, please visit http://duraspace.org/about_membership.

More Information
Read more about the Membership program: http://duraspace.org/about_membership
See who else is a Member: http://duraspace.org/all_members/dspace
Find out how easy it is to become a Member: http://duraspace.org/become_a_member