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Session Overview
P2C: Developing and Training Staff
Tuesday, 09/Jun/2015:
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Session Chair: Sarah Shreeves
Location: Theory
100 Seats


Panel: Hacking the Community: A Model for Open Source Engagement

David Wilcox1, Nick Ruest2, Tom Cramer3

1DuraSpace; 2York University; 3Stanford University

Open source software isn’t really free. This might seem obvious to some, but there are many members of open source communities that consume rather than contribute; they use the software but are either unwilling or unable to engage with the community to write code, submit use cases, create documentation, or do any of the other things that make an open source project a success. Fortunately, things don't have to be this way.

Over the past two years, the Fedora project has undertaken a great effort to revitalize not only the software but the community itself. By maintaining open, transparent communication, soliciting use cases, development, and testing from community members, and establishing a clear project governance structure, we have laid the groundwork for a successful community source project. At the same time, the Islandora and Hydra communities have pursued similar strategies to build and sustain their own communities and the broader Fedora community. This panel will feature a discussion on the recent successes of the Fedora community and future plans to continue raising the level of community engagement and project ownership.

Wilcox-Panel Hacking the Community A Model for Open Source Engagement-154_b.pdf

Preparing for the 21st Century Repository: Needs, Practices and Frameworks for Library-based Repository Staff

Padraic Stack1, Caleb Derven2

1Maynooth University, Ireland; 2University of Limerick, Ireland

Librarians supporting digital repositories may perform a number of technical functions and so require a heterogeneous range of competencies. This paper considers how such competencies are acquired, developed and supported among library staff in institutions in Ireland and in the Hydra and Islandora communities of practice. A survey and needs assessment identifies the technical tasks repository staff perform. Finally a framework and draft curricula is proposed to provide these skills.

Stack-Preparing for the 21st Century Repository-41_a.pdf