The success of any open-source project lies with the community contributing its collective energy, knowledge, enthusiasm, and effort. We would like to recognize the groups below who contribute to the DSpace platform and the broader community.
DSpace Committers Group
Leading the DSpace community's development work is a group of dedicated developers and users called the DSpace Committers. The Committer Group is responsible for applying the various fixes, patches and new functionality to the core DSpace code and organizing the new releases. They also have the ultimate responsibility for the shape and direction of the DSpace software, as well as its future architecture and design.
There are many developers within the DSpace community who contribute code to the platform. These contributions include simple bug fixes and patches or may add new enhancements or functionality to the codebase. Active code contributors also consult with the Committer Groups to share ideas and future development plans. See the DSpace wiki for guidelines of how to contribute and help further the DSpace project.
DSpace Community Advisory Team
The primary goals of the DSpace Community Advisory Team (DCAT) are to help review and facilitate community-wide discussions about new feature requests in JIRA and to provide support to the DSpace Committer group in producing software releases. As a part of this process, DCAT reviews new feature requests and facilitates community-wide discussions on those requests that appear to have the broadest appeal or would have the biggest impact for the community. In addition to soliciting more community feedback on features, the DCAT discussions also hope to bring together project groups or stakeholders that could work on the development of those features. Membership in DCAT is open to anyone within the global DSpace user community. Please visit the wiki for more information.
DSpace Ambassador Program
The DSpace Ambassador Program seeks to identify a volunteer in every country or region to be a point of contact for organizations just getting started with DSpace. These Ambassadors help new or potential users with general questions about DSpace as well as providing guidance on additional resources available in the larger DSpace community. Ambassadors are also encouraged to help build the DSpace user network within their country. The Ambassador role is primarily for those serving as repository managers or administrators at their organization, although anyone with DSpace knowledge and experience is eligible. Click here for more information and a listing of the current Ambassadors.