A presentation at Samvera Connect 2019 described thus and Northwestern University Libraries (NUL) became a Hydra Partner in early 2012. Over the past 7+ years, we produced bespoke applications locally using the Hydra/Samvera codebase, worked on many iterations of a stand-alone grant-funded Hydra/Samvera product with another Partner institution, contributed effort to the development of Hyrax, implemented Hyrax as a component in a larger repository ecosystem, and shifted our repository services to the cloud. As we have evolved, we have gone through many changes in our local culture, in our user needs, in our codebase, and with our talent. One of the organizational culture changes is the shift of NUL to a learning organization. This change has made us more risk tolerant than in the past. It has allowed NUL to solve its local need of large-scale fast ingestion and description using novel approaches and technologies (Elixir, AWS services, Lambdas, etc). This presentation will discuss how these organizational changes and approaches to technology projects made us privilege the value of Samvera as a community of shared values and ideas over its shared codebase.
A presentation at Samvera Connect 2019, originally titled "Creating a Vision for Samvera", described thus and As Samvera had undergone a shift it its governance over the past 2 years, Samvera Steering wanted to ask Partners to contribute to the creation of a vision for Samvera’s future. The visioning exercise was conducted in April 2019 at the Samvera Partners meeting, involved over 30 community members, and was facilitated by Hannah Frost and Carolyn Caizzi. This presentation will update the community about the process used, the outputs of the exercise, and about any ongoing work to further hone the vision of Samvera’s future.
At the April 2019 partners meeting in the final discussion after the visioning exercise, we collectively [see list of creators] thought it would be useful for a small group of folks to spend more time processing all the ideas and input generated by the exercise participants, distilling the material further and then bring the results of that work back to Partners with a report and recommendations. This is that report.
The Governance Working Group was chartered by Partners thus, A one-page summary of the discussion, documentation, and feedback to-date related to the various governance models under consideration. * Synthesis, This step will be shepherded by Steering, as the proposed model will also be assessed for legal, licensing, and MOU implications prior to further community review. * Proposal, Development of a draft governance proposal and incremental steps to implementation if appropriate * Community Input, Circulation of the final proposal for potential adoption at a Spring/Summer 2018 partner meeting, The Governance working group is a small group chartered by the community to help synthesize and formalize the various governance discussions and documents currently underway. The scope of the Samvera Governance Working Group’s deliverables will be, Circulation of the above to Partners, stakeholders, and the Steering group for review, comment, and change requests to the proposal * Legal Review, * Context, A revised governance proposal based on community, stakeholder, & legal feedback * Community Review, and A summary of the themes and issues that the community hopes to address by refining existing or adopting new governance practices and structures. Ideally identifies key differences and decision points between the models provided for evaluation and current model. This combined context and synthesis documents should be approximately 750-1500 words (1-3 pages) in length * Draft