March 22, 2018

New Guidebook: “It Takes a Village: Open Source Software Sustainability”

From a Lyrasis Blog Post:

2018-02-28_17-00-43​The It Takes a Village project was funded in 2017 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to bring together open source programs serving cultural and scientific heritage to develop shared sustainability strategies, and to provide our communities with the information needed to assess and contribute to the sustainability of the programs they depend on.The core output of the project is a Guidebook is designed to serve as a practical reference source to help open source software (OSS) programs serving cultural and scientific heritage organizations plan for long-term sustainability, ensuring that commitment and resources will be available at levels sufficient for the software to remain viable and effective as long as it is needed.

The Guidebook content was developed based on the outcomes of a survey and two-day forum held in Baltimore in the fall of 2017, during which representatives of over 25 OSS programs discussed project lifecycles, governance, financing, resources, community building, outreach and communications, and bumps in the road.

Direct to Full Text Guidebook
100 pages; PDF.

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