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Monday, October 27 • 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Sustaining Open Source Software

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Open source software has become increasingly popular in the library domain for many reasons: its low out-of-pocket cost, the availability of the source code, the ability to contribute to development of the software product, and the ability to participate in likeminded communities taking root around the open source software. This increase in interest has led to an increase in the ability of the projects to tap their user base for the contributions necessary to sustain the software, benefitting both the project and its community. Software managers have a stable business environment for maintaining the software and planning future development and users are more assured that the software will continue to evolve to meet their needs and that their investment is guarded.

There is no standard recipe for sustaining an open source software project and each successful project has taken a slightly different tack. In this proposed panel discussion, representatives from the following seven software projects will provide a seven minute overview of the sustainability measures their project has put in place: ArchivesSpace, Archivematica, BitCurator, CollectionSpace, DuraSpace, Hydra, and Islandora. Each representative will highlight the longevity of the project, the phases of development of sustainability for the project, advantages and disadvantages of the project's sustainability measures, and, finally, planned improvement to the sustainability measures. The last forty-minutes of the session will be reserved for questions from and discussion with session attendees.

Session Leaders
Sibyl Schaefer, Rockefeller Archives Center
Bradley Westbrook, ArchivesSpace
Mark Leggot, DiscoveryGarden/Islandora
Mike Giarlo, Penn State University
Cal Lee, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Angela Spinazzè, CollectionSpace
Michele Kimpton, DuraSpace
Evelyn McClellan, Artefactual Systems



Program Manager, ArchivesSpace
ArchivesSpace (www.archivesspace.org) is the next-generation web-based archives information management system, designed by archivists and supported by diverse archival repositories. ArchivesSpace is an open source, web application for managing archives information.

Mike Giarlo

Digital Library Architect, Penn State University

Cal Lee

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Mark Leggott

Executive Director, Research Data Canada
Executive Director of Research Data Canada, a stakeholder organization dedicated to developing a sustainable approach to research data management in Canada.

Jonathan Markow

Chief Strategy Officer, DuraSpace
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Evelyn McLellan

Systems Archivist & Metadata Specialist, Artefactual Systems
Evelyn is a Systems Archivist at Artefactual Systems, a company that develops open-source software for the GLAM sector. She has a deep interest in open-source software and community collaboration. Evelyn has an MAS from U of British Columbia.
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Sibyl Schaefer

Digital Preservation Librarian, UCSD

Angela Spinazze

Founding Principal, ATSPIN consulting
I work at the intersection of the arts, technology, scholarship, and process facilitation. Talk to me about participatory processes, community-designed software, library, archive, and museum-making, slow travel and food.

Monday October 27, 2014 3:45pm - 5:15pm EDT
Conference A Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center

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