The DSpace governance establishes the
- Principles and goals for the project
- Strategic direction and product roadmap
- 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
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
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
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.)
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
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
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.
|$2,500 ($250 if from a UN defined list of developing nations)||
|0.5 FTE in-kind Developers||
* NOTE: All members may nominate and elect one at-large DuraSpace Board Director.
To view other DuraSpace membership benefits, please visit http://duraspace.org/about_membership.