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Leadership Group Members

  • Tal Ayalon, World Bank Group
  • Pascal-Nicolas Becker, The Library Code*
  • Allan Bell, The University of British Columbia(star)
  • Kimberly Chapman, University of Arizona Libraries
  • Susanne Chase, Georgetown University
  • Lieven Droogmans, Atmire*
  • Scott Hanrath, University of Kansas
  • Barbara Hirschmann, ETH Zurich
  • Kirsty Lingstadt, University of Edinburgh
  • Jyrki Ilva, National Library of Finland
  • Andrew McLean, Imperial College London
  • Paolo Mangiafico, Duke University
  • Agustina Martínez-García, University of Cambridge
  • Robert Miller, LYRASIS
  • Erik Moore, University of Minnesota
  • Susanna Mornati, 4Science*
  • Jere Odell, IUPUI
  • César Olivares, Concytec*
  • Kristi Park, Texas Digital Library
  • Beate Rajski, DSpace-Konsortium Deutschland
  • Gail Steinhart, Cornell University Library
  • Sarah Swanz, Vanderbilt University
  • Maureen Walsh, The Ohio State University Libraries*
  • Wei Xuan, University of Manitoba

LYRASIS attendees

  • Laurie Arp
  • Michele Mennielli
  • Tim Donohue
  • Heather Greer Klein

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125 min

Welcome DSpace Leadership Group 2020-21


  • Welcome new DSpace Leadership Group!
  • Please briefly introduce yourself with name, institution, role, and whether you are a new or returning member of Leadership.
  • We will proceed alphabetically using the list at the top of the agenda.
Kristi Park (out-going DSpace Leadership Chair)
215 minGovernance business
  • Selection of members to fill three (3) open position on the Steering Group
  • Selection of chair for Leadership
  • Filling community-at-large seats
  • Scheduling future meetings
Michele Mennielli
315 min

Action Plan for 2020-21

At its September meeting, Steering recommended for review a draft of an Action Plan for DSpace Program Governance, to help prioritize work over the next year.

The Action Plan builds on recommendations from the It Takes A Village program assessment conducted by LYRASIS last year.

The Plan should be viewed as a working document that will be adjusted over time and by the groups charged with taking on the work.

Laurie Arp, Kristi Park
45 minDSpace 7 Development

Development schedule update from release manager

Project Boards on GitHub

Heather Greer Klein



Welcome DSpace Leadership Group 2020-21

The new and returning Leaders and Lyrasis representatives introduced themselves.  Kristi observed that she was excited about the fresh perspectives represented on the group and encouraged the new Leaders to reach out to any of the members if they had any questions.

Selection of members to fill three (3) open position on the Steering Group

The Steering Group is a subset of the Leadership Group.  Mich has given us a week to bring nominations forward.  If you are interested in one of these three year commitments, please reach out to Mich or Laurie and if you have any questions about Steering Group logistics or want to know more, please reach out to Jyrki, the outgoing chair. 

Selection of chair for Leadership

Chairing the Leadership Group take a little more time commitment than Leadership, but there is a lot of support from Lyrasis and it is an opportunity to influence the direction of DSpace. Laurie and Mich have also given us a week to express interest in the Chair and if you have any questions, please reach out to Kristi, the outgoing Chair.  Our immediate priorities are filling the Steering Group and finding a Leadership Group Chair.

Filling community-at-large seats

The community-at-large seats extend opportunities to and ensure representation from community members that are not necessarily institutional members.  Mich will do a broad call out, but if you have suggestions you can nominate someone and see if they are interested.

Scheduling future meetings

Mich will send out a doodle poll to try to find a time for Leaders from around the world to attend our meetings and he will send a calendar invite when we have landed on a day and time.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Mich.

Action Plan for 2020-21

The Leaders voted to adopt the Action Plan for our priorities and our high level plan for the year.  We should consider this a living document, but it will guide us from a priority and task order perspective and we recognize we may need to adjust timelines.  Questions and concerns were raised in the discussions, including the recognition that there are quite a few groups representing an additional time commitment for the Leaders.  This is the case, but some of the groups are longer term.  The hope is that we can do more work out of the groups which can report progress to Leadership so we don't have as much decision making in our hour.  There was also a question about the difference between the "Community Engagement" and the "Re-engage Community Committers planning" groups. The former is looking to make our DSpace 6 committers become comfortable committing code after DSpace 7.0 and the latter is looking to convert the community to DSpace members (recognizing in-kind and financial contributions).

The immediate term priorities are:

  • Governance group (starting asap)
  • “Beyond DSpace” Visioning group (starting November)
  • Re-engage Community Committers planning group (starting November)
  • Community Engagement group (on-going)

Please send your interest in the groups to Kristi and Laurie.

DSpace 7 Development

Heather gave her last DSpace development update (sad face). Beta 4 is scheduled for early October and the test-a-thon will be on Beta 5.

Tim shared the High level DSpace schedule where you can see the individual tasks.  It was very good to hear that the community remains very engaged trying to use the Beta releases and constantly asking questions in Slack.

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