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Per the Collaboration and Partnership Memorandum of Understanding of the Hydra Originating Steering Group Members, one of the foundational tenets of the Hydra Project, now the Samvera Community , is to foster a rich, sustainable open source code base.

Section II of the MOU MOU (as amended January 2018) states


All code contributors must have an Individual Contributor License Agreement (iCLA) on file with the Samvera Community Steering GroupBoard, a process which is initiated by completing and digitally signing an iCLA and emailing it to If the contributor works for an institution which has rights over materials that they contribute, the institution must also have a Corporate Contributor License Agreement (cCLA) on file; when no such cCLA exists the potential contributor will be asked to initiate the process of obtaining one and be offered any necessary support from Samvera.

Samvera also seeks to have clarity around the Intellectual Property of non-code contributions to the Community.  Its CLAs cover these non-code contributions as well as code contributions and CLAs will be required from individuals and institutions offering non-code materials unless these are produced under the auspices of a Samvera Working Group; by joining such a Group members accept that its outputs can be distributed.  At the present time the Samvera Steering Group Board have determined that such materials should be sub-licensed using a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License as permitted under paragraph 2 of the CLA.

Note: These documents can be completed using your computer and a digital signature on them is acceptable.  If you need guidance on filling or signing them digitally, you can find help for doing so using Acrobat Reader here, or Apple's Preview software here.  A purely typed entry in the signature field is not acceptable.

CLA status page (requires Steering Group login)