ITAV: Open Source Software Sustainability

It Takes a Village brings together open-source programs serving cultural and scientific heritage to develop shared sustainability strategies. 

Our goal is to share best practices and tools with the community so that emerging programs have a solid place to start, and those which are more established can continue to assess and strengthen program sustainability.

Start with the guidebook or view the video below for an overview.


ITAV Sustainability Graphic

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.

The guidebook outlines the facets and phases of sustainability and provides "Moving Forward Objectives." This framework enables programs to assess their current status and understand what they can do to move forward.


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 ITAV 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. 

Learn more about contributors, programs that benefited, and how you can engage.

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