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.

Policies on Adding New Committers

Committer Group Overview

The DSpace Committers Group – named because they are authorized to "commit" change to the code repository – have ultimate responsibility for the shape of the DSpace software, as well as its architecture and design going forward. They can apply code changes contributed by the larger DSpace development community to the open source platform.

A list of the current members of the committers group can be seen at DSpaceContributors

How to Nominate a new Committer

New committers may be nominated by anyone in the DSpace Community at anytime. You can even nominate yourself.

For more hints/tips on nominating someone (or yourself) for Committership, please see Committer Nominations

Voting Rules

  • Duration: 1 week or once an overall majority (of active Committers) is achieved, whichever comes first
  • Votes: 1 vote per currently active member
    • If the newly nominated individual is from your institution, we ask that you kindly abstain from voting. However, you are more than welcome to add supportive comments.
  • Vote options: +1 = YES, -1 = NO, 0 = DON'T MIND
  • Vote counting: For a vote to pass, there must be at least 3 '+1' votes, and more '+1' votes than '-1' votes.

Email Invite

The standard invitation email reads:

Dear XXXX,

On behalf of all the DSpace committers, I would like to extend to you an
invitation to join the group. Your work on DSpace indicates an abiding
interest in the platform, and we all feel you would be a valuable
addition to our team.

Being a committer means participating in the evolution of the platform,
typically by making changes to the source code, or managing the
integration of contributions made by the community at large. But it also
means having a voice and a vote on technical, administrative and release
management issues, providing your expertise and guidance on the lists,
organizing testing, etc.

We are mindful of the fact that no one is being paid to do this, and no
specific time commitment is required or expected; in fact we *do* expect
that one's involvement will fluctuate over time with job duties. Nor is
there any specified term of office - one's job responsibilities may
change over time, and so one's ability to devote time to DSpace.

We ask that you seriously consider this offer, and hope that you will
accept it!

The DSpace Committers Group

Stuff to do to get a new committer set up