June 30th marked the end of our most recent grant cycle, which makes it a great time to look back on what we’ve accomplished over the past two years. Our goals for this grant cycle were ambitious, and we’re delighted with the progress we’ve made. We are also very pleased to announce that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded us a new grant, which will enable us to continue working on our sustainability efforts, award more mini-grants, and complete some long-overdue infrastructure upgrades to the core application.
Goal: Transition support of CollectionSpace from the original project partners at the Museum of the Moving Image and the University of California, Berkeley to a new organization, LYRASIS. The transition from MMI and UCB to LYRASIS was wrapped up fairly early in the project; a process that was made much easier once we convinced Richard Millet to become the program’s Technical Lead. All websites, demos, communications, and other tools are fully integrated at LYRASIS, leaving our partners at MMI and UCB free to focus on governance rather than wiki up-time.
Goal: Establish a governance structure. Speaking of governance, a huge thanks to Laurie Arp of LYRASIS for managing our first-ever vote for new members for the Leadership and Functional Working Groups and the continuance of members in our Technical Working Group. The linchpins of our governance structure, the working groups set the overall direction for the project, provide technical guidance, and recommend and create requirements for new features and functionality. The full list of current working group members can be found on the program wiki.
Goal: Focus on community engagement and promotion. It has been a very exciting two years for community engagement and promotion. We kicked off a monthly webinar series that has had hundreds of attendees. We’ve presented at or attended conferences across the country, presenting on diverse topics from linked open data to sustaining community source software. We’ve worked with new communities of practice to develop profiles to support bonsai gardens, design materials collections, public art, and local history. As always, the voices of our implementers and users has been invaluable in getting the word out about CollectionSpace at conferences, on listservs, and via in-person workshops and demos.
Goal: Continue stewardship and development of the application. Four public releases, five new community-developed profiles, 547 issues closed, the Nuxeo upgrade - the list goes on and on. We had a huge number of community contributions, from new procedures to webapps and reports. With version 4.4 due out this week, we’re excited to move on to the next phase of development.
Goal: Plan for membership, sponsorship, and service provider support models. We launched our membership program in the fall of 2015, and are very encouraged by our inaugural group of twelve organizational members and one sustaining member representing the five University of California, Berkeley implementers. A strong membership is key to both our sustainability and governance plans, and we look forward to integrating all our new implementers and members into the wider community. We’ve also brought on several new service providers, all of whom have already made valuable contributions to the code and community. A strong service provider network is essential for extending the reach of the program team, and enabling adoption for organizations without sufficient IT resources to install, configure, and migrate data in-house.
All these accomplishments have been made possible through the support of our dedicated community of implementers, many of whom provide governance and financial support, code to improve the application, support for new users, and a dozen other contributions to this community-source endeavor. The program team is grateful for all your contributions.
Here’s to another great year,