ITAV: Open Source Software Sustainability

It Takes a Village brings together open-source programs serving cultural and scientific heritage to develop shared sustainability strategies, and to provide our communities with the information needed to assess and contribute to the sustainability of the programs they depend on. 

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The It Takes a Village Guidebook is a practical reference source to help open-source software (OSS) programs serving cultural and scientific heritage organizations plan for long-term sustainability, ensuring that commitment and resources will be available at levels sufficient for the software to remain viable and effective as long as it is needed.


The It Takes a Village in Practice Toolkit is an adaptable set of tools that enables all stakeholders in an OSS program to participate in an assessment of each facet of sustainability, develop balanced strategies to advance sustainability goals, and integrate sustainability plans into other organizational planning efforts.


The It Takes a Village Community includes a wide variety of stakeholders in OSS programs, including those who develop, manage, and use OSS to support the missions of libraries, archives, museums, academic institutions, and other heritage organizations. Click here to learn more about how to participate and contribute.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services – Grant LG-73-17-0005-17.