Supporting Cultural Heritage Open Source Software

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Last updated April 15, 2014.

Planning for and commitment to sustainability is an issue for even well-established open source initiatives. Organizations need to be prepared to financially support open source communities if they want the benefit of open source software.

LYRASIS is convening two meetings with the goal of identifying and advancing good practices for the long-term support of open source software currently in use or under development within libraries, archives, museums and other cultural heritage organizations.

The first meeting is an invitational symposium to consider issues that impact open source software support and sustainability, consider characteristics of successful strategies, and explore ways for projects and institutions to collaborate on sustainability. LYRASIS will document the outputs of the discussion in a white paper and host a community-wide webinar to foster broader discussion of topics that evolve from the symposium.