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We are launching a fundraising campaign for 2018; our goal is to raise $200$150,000 for the year. This funding complements Samvera's recent vision to evolve its governance framework, and especially to hire central staffing for will flesh out the vision defined in the recent, unanimously approved, Samvera governance proposal: to hire staffing for centralized product and technical management roles.  

The last year has seen remarkable progress for the community, including...

  • accomplishment 1
  • accomplishment 2
  • accomplishment 3

Samvera has always been and will continue to be a

  • the release of Hyrax as the next generation of repository application, combining the best of Sufia and CurationConcerns, along with continued investment in both Fedora 4 and Valkyrie as a new strategy for persistence
  • 15 meetings / trainings / Partner events in North America and Europe, including nearly 200 attendees at SamveraConnect in Evanston, IL in November 2017
  • four new Partners, and more interest than ever in consulting and commercial services
  • new working & interest groups in governance, code maintenance, and roadmapping

These milestones signify Samvera's continued success as a thriving, grassroots, community-driven effort. The contributions and sweat equity of willing Partners and other project participants has have been the hallmark of our successhallmarks of the Samvera Way; our ability to collaborate on common goals larger than any individual institution's needs have produced a much richer project than would otherwise have been possible. To shared goals and code will continue to be our main engine for progress.

But to evolve to the next level, and to produce a reliable, managed, predictable repository platform, we now need to invest in central pool resources to help coordinate organize and manage orchestrate our collective work. We are seeking to double last year's fund-raising and bring in $150,000 in 2018. This money will fund Samvera staff, accountable to the community as a whole, to manage the roadmapping, development and release of new Samvera code. This will allow us to better leverage the investments we are already making in the project, while also producing a more predictable and managed development process we can rely on.    

If 40 30 institutions give $5,000 each, we can meet our target for the year. This funding will be essential to hiring central resources for product and technical management of our repository stack; 

Thank you for considering this contribution, and helping to take Samvera to the next level.