Contribute to the DSpace Development Fund

The newly established DSpace Development Fund supports the development of new features prioritized by DSpace Governance. For a list of planned features see the fund wiki page.

Steering Group

The DSpace Steering Group is the primary decision-making body of the DSpace Program. It sets the strategic direction of the program, with advice and consent of the Leadership Group. It provides on-going program oversight and ensures that the priorities of the Leadership Group and members are met.

Steering Group members are elected and empowered by the Leadership. Their responsibilities include:

  • Operational oversight, including time-sensitive decision-making
  • Development of strategic priorities, for approval by Leadership
  • Recommendations for budget allocations, for approval by Leadership
  • Assistance with fundraising
  • Commissioning of and liaising with working groups
  • Agenda-setting for quarterly Leadership Meetings

Composition of the Steering Group

  • The Steering Group is composed of 10 members (9 elected voting members, plus a permanent ex-officio Lyrasis seat).
  • Elected Steering Group members serve for three-year, renewable terms.
  • Steering Group members are elected by the Leadership, but can be from outside of the Leadership Group. If a Steering Group member is not also on the Leadership Group, they may still attend Leadership meetings in a non-voting capacity.


  • The Steering Group meets monthly.
  • Steering Group meeting notes are shared with Leadership Group members but not made publicly available. (Meeting notes here: DSpace Steering Home)
  • The Steering Group communicates decisions within 2 days of a meeting to the Leadership Group to ensure transparent communication. Any Leader or Steerer can call an emergency meeting of the Leadership Group on these decisions.

2023/2024 DSpace Steering Group Members

Members are listed in alphabetical order by their surname.

DSpace Steering Group Members

Laurie Gemmill Arp (ex-officio*)

Senior Director, Community Supported Technologies and Hosting Services Lyrasis

Pascal-Nicolas Becker  (2022-2025)

CEO, FounderThe Library Code

Lieven Droogmans (2021-2024)


Scott Hanrath (2023-2026)

Associate DeanUniversity of Kansas

Erica Johns  (2023-2026) (Vice Chair, 2023-2024)

Lead Librarian for the eCommons Institutional Repository ServiceCornell University Library 

Agustina Martinez (2022-2025)

Open Research Systems ManagerUniversity of Cambridge

Erik Moore  (2021-2024)

Head, University Archives & Co-Director, University Digital ConservancyUniversity of Minnesota
COO, CCO, Business Strategist, Business Technologist4Science

Kristi Park  (2023-2026)

Executive DirectorTexas Digital Library

Maureen Walsh  (2023-2025) (Chair, 2023-2025)

Scholarly Sharing StrategistThe Ohio State University

*Representative for permanent ex-officio, non-voting Lyrasis seat.

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