Governance

Fedora governance model

 

Overview

Fedora governance establishes the:

  • Principles and goals for the project
  • Strategic direction and product roadmap
  • Accountability Sustainability plan
  • Management decision framework
  • Means of conducting operations

Governance is based on a representative, community-based membership model incrementally rewarding members who have made the greatest commitments to the project.

Roles

Leadership Group

The Leadership Group is made up of members that contribute over $20,000 annually to the project, along with representatives from institutions contributing at least 0.5 FTE in-kind developers. Members that contribute at lower levels can also be elected to serve on the leadership group, as detailed in the Fedora Governance Benefits section below. The Leadership Group approves the overall priorities and strategic direction of the project by:

  • Approving the annual budget allocation and any modifications
  • Approving the product roadmap
  • Approving the strategic direction
  • Nominating and electing Steering Group members
  • Voting on key decisions presented by Steering Group
  • Helping to raise funds and secure other resources on behalf of the project

Steering Group

The Steering Group is nominated and elected by the Leadership Group. The Steering Group provides project oversight and ensures that the priorities of the Leadership Group and members are met, by:

  • Providing strategic direction to the Project
  • Providing guidance to the Product Manager / Project Director / Technical Lead, with input on their annual performance reviews
  • Recommending annual budget allocations
  • Presenting key decisions to the Leadership Group for discussion and approval
  • Raising funds and securing other resources on behalf of the Project
  • Overseeing project operations

Community Liaison

The Community Liaison is someone from a member institution who has been chosen to represent their organization for the purpose of important communications.  For example, when an institution is asked to vote in a project governance election, the Community Liaison will be the designated individual who will cast the vote, based on a consultation with local project stakeholders. The Community Liaison is someone we expect to have an awareness of the day to day status of the project so that they can help their institution make informed decisions.

Benefits

DuraSpace members are granted governance rights commensurate with their financial allocation to the project. The following table shows the governance-related benefits for Fedora contributors.

Level of Contribution Benefit
$2,500
  • Contributors can nominate and elect one contributor at the $2,500 tier to join the Leadership Group
$5,000
  • Contributors can nominate and elect two contributors at the $5,000 tier to join the Leadership Group
  • Eligible to serve on Steering Group (can be elected when Leadership group votes on SG members)
$10,000
  • Contributors can nominate and elect four contributors at the $10,000 tier to join the Leadership Group
  • Eligible to serve on Steering Group (can be elected when Leadership group votes on SG members)
$20,000
  • Contributors guaranteed one seat on the Leadership Group
  • Eligible to serve on Steering Group (can be elected when Leadership Group votes on SG members)
0.5 FTE Developer
  • Contributors guaranteed one seat on the Leadership Group
  • Eligible to serve on Steering Group (can be elected when Leadership Group votes on SG members)

* NOTE: All members may nominate and elect one at-large DuraSpace Board Director

To view other DuraSpace membership benefits, please visit the main DuraSpace website.