Strategist, Research and Scholarly Communication
The LYRASIS open source software (OSS) survey was conducted in spring 2021 as a mechanism to better understand how institutions interact with and support OSS programs. This session will be an overview of the report, which tracks overarching industry trends in terms of budget and staff resource allocation, as well as strategies for justifying OSS investment. This report provides institutions with an opportunity to see where their efforts fall amongst the activities of their peers in three categories: funding/supporting OSS, justifying OSS, and evaluating OSS. The first section covers how/how much institutions contribute to OSS programs, either through financial contributions or staff time devoted to program contributions/governance. The second section focuses on how institutions justify investment in OSS programs. The final section covers the ways that Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (GLAM) institutions determine the qualifications for OSS, their evaluation tactics, and their decision-making about long term OSS maintenance. After reviewing the findings, the session will go over how LYRASIS is using those findings to improve sustainability within our own OSS programs.