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DSpace Federation Governance. Options. Governance Options. Status quo. DSpace only. Start a new non-profit. Collective of open source projects. Organization for Open Source Software, or other open source organization. Governance Options. Join an existing non-profit.

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dspace federation governance

DSpace Federation Governance

Options

DSpace Federation Governance Advisory Board Meeting

governance options
Governance Options

Status quo

DSpace only

Start a new non-profit

Collective of open source projects

Organization for Open Source Software, or other open source organization

Governance Options

Join an existing non-profit

Apache via Incubator, or other open source project

Library or higher education organization

Reside within a university

Start a new or join an existing for-profit

Others?

DSpace Federation Governance Advisory Board Meeting

status quo
Status Quo
  • Can the current situation continue to work?
  • Pros:
    • MIT and HP provide legal coverage
    • MIT and HP provide resources, leadership and general support
    • Low cost and informal approach for community
  • Cons:
    • No mechanism for collective representation and governance
    • Community cannot enter into agreements collectively
    • Risk: will DSpace live beyond the efforts of its founders?

DSpace Federation Governance Advisory Board Meeting

start a non profit
Pros:

Protect individuals from liability

Protect intellectual property

Enter into agreements collectively

Collective leadership and project guidance

Live beyond efforts of founders

Coordination with commercial ventures

Cons:

Sustainability/funding

Lose legal protection, etc. of MIT and HP

Risks of a solo venture

Competition for resources/funding with other open source projects

Reiterative infrastructure with other OSS HE projects - doesn’t take advantage of economies of scale

Start a Non-Profit

DSpace Federation Governance Advisory Board Meeting

join an existing non profit
Join an Existing Non-Profit
  • Options:
    • Library or higher education organization
    • Another open source project, like Apache
    • Another university
    • OOSS?
  • Integration:
    • Stand-alone structure
    • Fully integrated

DSpace Federation Governance Advisory Board Meeting

join an existing non profit1
Join an Existing Non-Profit
  • Pros:
    • Greater stability than solo venture
    • Less start-up time than a solo venture
    • Access to new users and resources
  • Cons:
    • Possible culture or mission clashes or other misalignments
    • Requires resources for due diligence
    • May require ongoing leadership from the community

DSpace Federation Governance Advisory Board Meeting

start a for profit or join an existing one
Start a For-Profit or Join an Existing One
  • Examples of business models:
    • Dual license model
    • Service and support
    • Installation and integration consulting
    • Repository hosting
    • Software customization and consulting
  • Open issues:
    • Is the DSpace community large enough to sustain a for-profit business?
    • Does a for-profit model run contrary to the community’s values?
    • Who would lead such an initiative?

DSpace Federation Governance Advisory Board Meeting

other options
Other Options?

DSpace Federation Governance Advisory Board Meeting

governance options1
Governance Options

Status quo

DSpace only

Start a new non-profit

Collective of open source projects

Organization for Open Source Software, or other open source organization

Governance Options

Join an existing non-profit

Apache via Incubator, or other open source project

Library or higher education organization

Reside within a university

Start a new or join an existing for-profit

Others?

DSpace Federation Governance Advisory Board Meeting