DSpace Governance Progress – Executive Director appointed

April 25, 2007

Some great news from MacKenzie Smith to the DSpace-general mailing list: –

… I would like to take this opportunity to announce that Michele Kimpton has accepted the position as Executive Director for the [DSpace corporation] organization. The DSpace non-profit corporation will initially provide organizational, legal and financial support for the DSpace open source software project. Prior to joining DSpace, Michele Kimpton was one of the founding Directors at Internet Archive, in charge of Web archiving technology and services. The Internet Archive is a not-for-profit organization in California, http://www.archive.org. During her time at Internet Archive Michele initiated and managed several open source software projects to collect, access and preserve web pages.

Michele developed an organization within Internet Archive to help
support and fund open source software and web archiving programs, so she comes to us with a lot of experience in both open source software and long-term digital
curation. Her organization worked primarily with National Libraries and Archives
around the world, so she is familiar with large, widely diverse and distributed
communities. Michele was one of the co-founders of the IIPC ( International Internet Preservation Consortium, netpreserve.org), whose mission is to work collaboratively to develop tools, standards and processes for archiving and preservation of web material.

The DSpace non-profit corporation is in the final stages of completing
filing status as a not-for-profit corporation of Massachusetts. By summer 2007 we
expect to have this legal entity in place, and a complete Board of Directors. Both
MIT and Hewlett Packard have provided the start up funding to establish the
organization over the next several years. The organization will reside initially on
the MIT campus. Over the next six months Michele will be talking with members of the DSpace community to help formulate the strategy for what organizational support would be helpful and needed from the DSpace organization. You can contact Michele directly at Michele@dspace.org.

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