July 29, 2008

Contact: Sandy Payette, Executive Director Fedora Commons, 607  
255-2773, [log in to unmask]
Michele Kimpton, Executive Director DSpace
Foundation, 617 253-7746, [log in to unmask]

DSpace Foundation and Fedora Commons Form Working Collaboration

Washington, D.C.—July 29, 2008   Today two of the largest providers of  
open source software for managing and providing access to digital  
content, the DSpace Foundation and Fedora Commons, announced plans to  
combine strengths to work on joint initiatives that will more closely  
align their organizations’ goals and better serve both open source  
repository communities in the coming months.

This advance comes as institutions such as universities, libraries,  
museums and research laboratories worldwide are focused on utilizing  
open source software solutions for the dissemination and preservation  
of scholarly, scientific, and cultural heritage digital content into  
the future. Making books, articles, films, music, large and small data  
sets, scholarly works, multi-media, learning objects and mash-ups from  
all parts of the globe discoverable and accessible is at the core of  
the DSpace and Fedora collaboration.

The collaboration is expected to benefit over 500 organizations from  
around the world who are currently using either DSpace (examples  
include MIT, Rice University, Texas Digital Library and University of  
Toronto) or Fedora (examples include the National Library of France,  
New York Public Library, Encyclopedia of Chicago and eSciDoc) open  
source software to create repositories for a wide variety of purposes.

Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) director Clifford Lynch  
remarked, "Repositories are a key part of the infrastructure for  
supporting scholarly work, and they need to integrate more effectively  
with a range of other evolving components. I think there are great  
opportunities for DSpace and Fedora to work together not only on  
repository interoperability but on common approaches to repository  
roles in the scholarly and scientific workflows."

The decision to collaborate came out of meetings held this spring  
where members of DSpace and Fedora Commons communities discussed  
multiple dimensions of cooperation and collaboration between the two  
organizations.  Ideas included leveraging the power and reach of open  
source knowledge communities by using the same services and standards  
in the future.  The organizations will also explore opportunities to  
provide new capabilities for accessing and preserving digital content,  
developing common web services, and enabling interoperability across  

In the spirit of advancing open source software, Fedora Commons and  
DSpace will look at ways to leverage and incubate ideas, community and  
culture to:

1. 	Provide the best technology and services to open source repository  
framework   communities.

2.	Evaluate and synchronize, where possible, both organizations’  
technology roadmaps to enable convergence and interoperability of key  
architectural components.

3. 	Demonstrate how the DSpace and Fedora open source repository  
frameworks offer a unique value proposition compared to proprietary  

The announcement came on the heels of an event sponsored by the Joint  
Information Systems Committee’s (JISC) Common Repository Interface  
Group (CRIG) held at the Library of Congress.  The event, known as  
“RepoCamp,” was a forum where developers gathered to discuss  
innovative approaches to improving interoperability and web- 
orientation for digital repositories.  Sandy Payette, Executive  
Director of Fedora Commons, and Michele Kimpton, Executive Director of  
the DSpace Foundation, reiterated their commitment to collaboration  
and encouraged input and participation   from both communities as work  
gets underway.

About the DSpace Foundation
The DSpace Foundation ( was formed in 2007 to  
support to the growing global community of institutions using DSpace  
open source software to manage scholarly works in a digital archive.   
DSpace was jointly developed in 2002 by HP and the MIT Libraries.   
Today, there are over more than 350 organizations worldwide a using  
the software to capture, preserve and share their artifacts,  
documents, collections and research data. To learn more about the  
DSpace community of users see:

About Fedora Commons
In 2007 Fedora Commons ( was established as  
the permanent home of Fedora open source software which is a robust,  
integrated, repository platform that enables storage, access and  
management of virtually any kind of digital content. Fedora has been  
downloaded 25,000 times in the last year, and is used by over 125  
national libraries, institutions, and businesses worldwide to do more  
with their digital collections, enable long-term preservation of  
digital assets, build on a flexible and extensible, modular  
architecture, keep control of their data, and participate in Fedora’s  
innovative community. To find out about Fedora organizations,  
institutions and projects see: