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  1. Participation: Participate in the Samvera Community in one or more of the many ways described above.

  2. Nomination. Be nominated by an existing Partner.

  3. Invitation. Get invited to be a Partner by the Samvera Board.

  4. Application. Submit a brief letter of intent and the corporate Contributor License Agreement, and sign a Letter of Agreement (LoA) in support of the formal, legal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

  5. Approval. Be voted in by the Samvera Board, and

  6. Announcement. Be welcomed formally to the Community as a Partner.

Partners sign a formal one page Letter of Agreement (LoA) in support of the formal and legal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Samvera Board in April 2012 (see belowSamvera Bylaws (PDF). Additionally, each Partner is asked at the time of joining the group to write a brief letter of intent indicating why they want to become a Samvera Partner and what they intend to contribute to the Community. (Note that we post these letters publicly in the wiki.)  Partners are also required to have on file a corporate Contributor License Agreement (see Samvera Community Intellectual Property Licensing and Ownership page) to ensure that the Community can accept code and other intellectual contributions from the Partner institution.