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Leadership Group

The DSpace Leadership Group approves the overall priorities and strategic direction of the program.  The Group’s responsibilities are:

  • Approve the annual budget
  • Approve the DSpace product roadmap and strategic plan
  • Nominate and elect Steering Group members and DSpace Program Chair
  • Vote on significant changes to strategic direction or product roadmap presented by the Steering Group
  • Help to raise funds and secure other resources on behalf of the DSpace Program

Composition of the Leadership Group

The Leadership Group is made up of the following 3 groups:

  • DSpace Program Member Organizations: The largest component of the Leadership Group are representatives of DSpace member organizations that contribute annually to the project. These representatives are either selected or elected according to the ratios noted below.
  • LYRASIS: One representative of the DSpace Program's organizational home, LYRASIS.
  • Community representation: Representatives from the DSpace Community-at-large who are particularly committed to the Project, including Service Providers.

DSpace Program Member Organizations

The composition of the Leadership Group reflects the different levels of membership outlined here.

  • Platinum: Each Platinum member has an automatic seat on Leadership - 1 seat per member
  • Gold: Gold members elect 1 representative for every 2 Gold-level member organizations.*
  • Silver: Silver members elect 1 representative for seats for every 4 Silver-level member organizations.
  • Bronze: Bronze members elect 1 representative for every 8 Bronze-level member organizations.

*DSpace Leadership has opted to allow an automatic seat for each Gold member in 2021 and 2022 Governance Years.

Other Leadership Group Members

  • LYRASIS: As the DSpace Program's organizational home, LYRASIS retains one voting seat on the Leadership Group.
  • Community-at-large representatives: 2 Leadership Group voting seats are held for members of the Community. Candidates for these seats are nominated by the DSpace community at large and elected by the Leadership Group.
  • Registered Service Providers: DSpace Certified Partners of the Registered Service Provider Program each have one voting seat on Leadership.
  • Ex officio and/or emeritus members: The DSpace Leadership Group may choose to invite others to join Leadership in an ex officio, non-voting capacity.

Current members of the Leadership Group may be found at

As maintainers of a global community of users supporting more equitable access to research and other digital content, the DSpace Program aspires to maintain a Leadership Group that is diverse in its representation of geographic regions, institution types, race, disability status, gender identity and sexual orientation.

Terms and elections

  • The Leaders are elected for a 1-year, renewable term and there are no term limits.
  • The Leadership Group term begins November 1 and concludes October 31.
  • Membership organizations with an automatic seat (e.g. Platinum members) select an individual of their organization to fill the seat.


  • Meetings are held four times per year, with the first meeting of the governance year in November.
  • Emergency meetings may be called by any Leadership or Steering member between established meeting times.
  • Agendas and meeting notes from Leadership Group meetings are shared publicly.

DSpace Steering & Leadership Group Meetings 




2023 DSpace Leaders (alphabetical order):

Lautaro Julián Matas 
DSpace Leadership Group Members
Tal AyalonTal Ayalon 
The World Bank
CEO, FounderThe Library Code
Corey Davis
University of Victoria Libraries
Tiago Ferreira CIONeki IT
Rose FredrickCreighton UniversityAssociate DeanUniversity of Kansas
Head E-Publishing, ETH LibraryETH Zurich
Information Systems ManagerNational Library of Finland

Tim McGearyuser-11d9a 

AUL for Digital Strategies and TechnologyDuke University Libraries
Open Research Systems ManagerUniversity of CambridgeExecutive and Technical SecretaryLA Referencia

Head, University Archives & Co-Director, University Digital Conservancy

University of Minnesota
COO, CCO, Business Strategist, Business Technologist4Science
Scholarly Communication LibrarianIndiana University Purdue University Indiana
Susan Wells Parham Digital Curation LibrarianGeorgia Institute of Technology 
Executive DirectorTexas Digital Library
Library DirectorHamburg University of Technology / DSpace-DE Consortium
Bronwen Sprout 
University of British Columbia Library
Simeon WarnerErica Johns Associate University Librarian and Director of Library ITHead or Research Services and Scholarly Engagement

Cornell University

The University of EdinburghCONCYTEC
Scholarly Sharing Strategist

The Ohio State University Libraries

Community Member at LargeKEEP Solutions, Inc.
Jussi Piipponen 
Nada Mahmoud Aboueata 
Qatar University
Joanna Lee 
George Mason University
Isabel Bernal