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 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.

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