DuraSpace was a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 2009[1] when the Fedora Commons organization[2] and the DSpace Foundation,[3] two of the largest providers of open source repository software for managing and providing access to digital content,[4][5] joined their organizations. In July 2019 DuraSpace merged with LYRASIS, becoming a division of that organization.[6]

FormationJuly 2009 (2009-07)

The DuraSpace portfolio of open source technologies is developed by librarians, archivists, technologists and researchers. For stewards of knowledge open source[7] software has several important advantages over proprietary software. Open source is developed through free sharing and the transparent exchange of ideas and resources among peers. DSpace and Fedora communities have used this process to build software platforms for repositories in more than 1,500 institutions in over 100 countries.

DuraCloud is a new service and open source technology for managing content in the cloud that was launched by DuraSpace in 2011.[8] DuraCloud makes use of commercial cloud infrastructure to provide organizations with tools for archiving content across multiple cloud providers to ensure that documents, imagery and videos are always backed-up. DuraCloud features built-in compute services for digital preservation, data access, transformation, and sharing. Institutions including University of Michigan ICPSR, Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, State of North Carolina Library and Archives use DuraCloud to preserve digital resources.


DuraSpace collaborates with open source software projects, academics, technologists, curators and related commercial partners to create innovative, interoperable technologies and open standards and protocols that share an interest in preserving digital scholarship and culture.[9]

In January 2019 LYRASIS and DuraSpace announced their intention to merge.[10] This is the second time the two organizations have planned a merger.[11] This second attempt was successful, and in July 2019 DuraSpace became a division of LYRASIS with responsibility for community developed software programs.[6]


The DuraSpace open technology software portfolio[12][13] crosses the boundaries of institutional systems, the Web, and cloud infrastructure[14] and provides software solutions that address requirements of both data curation and long-term preservation.

  • DSpace is a turn-key application for managing and providing access to digital content in an open access repository most often used as an open access repository for managing faculty and student output.
  • Fedora is a modular repository platform for the management and dissemination of digital content in the form of digital objects. Fedora repository software is used by libraries, archives and research projects to preserve and provide specialized types of access to very large and complex aggregations of historic and cultural images, artifacts, text, media, datasets, and documents.
  • DuraCloud is a hosted service and open technology that uses commercial cloud infrastructure to provide preservation support and access services for academic libraries, academic research centers, and other cultural heritage organizations.
  • VIVO is a linked data application for research discovery.[15]

Supporting organization

The DuraSpace organization receives financial support from organizations that use DSpace, Fedora and DuraCloud open source software. DuraSpace does not receive significant funding from government agencies or private foundations. 154 organizations contributed at one of four levels of financial support in years 2017/18 becoming members of DuraSpace.[16]

DuraSpace in turn provides the user community with tools, services, and leadership in support of the ongoing development of open source technologies[17][18] news and information,[19] publications,[20][21] education and professional development services,[22] and community mailing lists/forums.[23][24]

See also


  1. Press release, May 12, 2009: "Fedora Commons and DSpace Foundation Join Together to Create DuraSpace™ Organization"
  2. "Press release, Aug. 10, 2007: "Fedora Commons Awarded $4.9M Grant to Develop Open-Source Software for Building Collaborative Information Communities"". Archived from the original on 2012-05-05. Retrieved 2012-06-13.
  3. Press release, July 17, 2007: "HP and MIT Create Non-profit Organization to Support Growing Community of DSpace Users"
  4. "Fedora software". Archived from the original on 2012-06-14. Retrieved 2012-06-13.
  5. DSpace software
  6. Morris, Carol Minton (9 July 2019). "LYRASIS and DuraSpace Complete Merger–Members and Community Benefit". Duraspace.org. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  7. "Why Open Source?". Archived from the original on 2012-05-06. Retrieved 2012-06-13.
  8. Press release, Nov, 7, 2011: "DuraSpace Launches Open Source Research Cloud Service"
  9. National Digital Stewardship Alliance
  10. "Amplifying Impact: LYRASIS and DuraSpace Announce Intent to Merge". Duraspace.org. 2019-01-24. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  11. Enis, Matt. "LYRASIS, DuraSpace Leaders Discuss Dissolved Merger". The Library Journal. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  12. "Fedora software". Archived from the original on 2012-06-14. Retrieved 2012-06-13.
  13. DSpace software
  14. DuraCloud
  15. VIVO to Join DuraSpace Organization as Incubated Project
  16. DuraSpace Sponsors
  17. Fedora Committers
  18. DSpace Committers
  19. DuraSpace news and information
  20. DuraSpace Digest Archive
  21. DuraSpace Annual Report
  22. DuraSpace Web Seminar Archive
  23. Fedora Mailing Lists
  24. DSpace Mailing Lists

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