It is with regret that we announce the departure of Chris Wilper from the DuraSpace team.  Chris, who has been working on the Fedora project for 10+ years, has taken a position close to home in Rochester with Thompson Reuters as part of their in house development team.

Chris has been a pillar of the Fedora community and has made his mark advancing Fedora over the years from a prototype to a full scale production system with hundreds of institutions adopting  the open source platform.  As DuraSpace tech lead for Fedora, Chris has been successful during the last few years transitioning Fedora from a grant funded project to a volunteer, open source community-based project supported by an engaged developer community.  Please join us in wishing Chris well in his new endeavors.

Our intent is to fill Chris's line as soon as possible.  In light of recent discussions around the future direction of Fedora, we are working closely with the stakeholder community to determine the optimum skill set and responsibilities to help drive a new development effort. We plan on reaching consensus and taking action well before the end of this calendar year.  The group hopes to fund multiple positions both within and outside of the organization to forward the work in a substantial way.

You can expect to hear more about this decision and a Fedora improvement project in the near future.

Michele Kimpton, Chief Executive Officer
Jonathan Markow, Chief Strategy Officer