It Takes a Village: Open Source Software Sustainability – A Deeper Look at the Facets of OSS Sustainability
Are you working with, developing or hoping to participate in an open source program? Why do some programs seem more successful than others? Why do some live on grants while some achieve community sustainability? What can we learn from other programs? In 2017, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) provided grant funding to enable LYRASIS to assess how open source software programs serving cultural and scientific heritage organizations attain long-term sustainability. This series is based on the resulting work: It Takes a Village: Open Source Software Sustainability - Guidebook for Programs Serving Cultural and Scientific Heritage. https://www.lyrasis.org/itav This series of classes enables participants to dig into the various facets of sustainability including Governance, Community Engagement, Technology, and Resources.
Facet 1: Governance
It Takes a Village: A Deeper Dive into Governance
This session focuses on governance as an important facet of long-term sustainability. The session will provide an overview of the sustainability framework. It will then focus on and cover the components of governance, and barriers found by programs pursuing sustainable governance. The session will feature a case study and provide the opportunity for group discussion about specific issues participants are facing.
Enable participants to:
- Understand the ITAV: OSS phases/facets
Use the guidebook
Evaluate where your open source project is in terms of sustainability of governance
Identify barriers to sustainable governance
Know what they need to do to plan for moving forward
Participate in an interactive discussion and potentially form connections
It Takes a Village: OSS Sustainability Project Co-Directors
- Laurie Gemmill Arp, Director, Collections Services and Community Supported Software
As the Director of Collections Services and Community Supported Software, Laurie Gemmill Arp supervises ArchivesSpace and CollectionSpace, two community supported open source collection management software programs housed at LYRASIS. Laurie provides coordination between the organizational homes and the programs and support for activities such as governance, strategic planning and developing partnerships. Laurie also directs the activities related to digitization and preservation. For the Ohio Historical Society, she managed several award-winning digital projects and served as the State Archivist. She received her MLIS from UCLA; her MA from UCI; and her BA from UCSD. Laurie served as Principal Investigator and Co-Director of the It Takes a Village: OSS Sustainability Models of Collaboration & Sustainability project.
- Megan Forbes, CollectionSpace Program Manager
Megan provides strategic management for CollectionSpace, an open source, web-based collection information management system for museums. Forbes leads the day-to-day operations of the CollectionSpace organizational home, including community outreach, planning, and coordination with other LYRASIS programs. She also serves as the primary liaison with the museum community to raise awareness and foster adoption of CollectionSpace and the organizational home services that support it. Forbes has been a part of the CollectionSpace team since its inception in 2008 and holds deep knowledge of the system and its functional design. She has a MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a BA in Economics and History from Emory University.
Case Study Speaker
- Michael Winkler, OLE Managing Director
Mr. Winkler is an information technologist and librarian engaged in strategic leadership and management of libraries in higher education with particular interests in digital libraries, new roles for libraries and librarians in education, as well as learning and research support. Mr. Winkler is an experienced leader and advocate for collaboration and the role that technology can play in enhancing the value libraries have to the education and research processes. Currently, Mr. Winkler is the Managing Director for the OLE community, committed to providing an innovative software platform on which to build a new generation.
Here are the links to the other Facets of the series.
It Takes a Village: A Deeper Dive into Community Engagement
It Takes a Village: A Deeper Dive into Technology
It Takes a Village: A Deeper Dive into Resources