Missouri Botanical Garden Open Conference Systems, TDWG 2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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Distributed open-source development in the DINA consortium
Fredrik Ronquist, Karin Karlsson

Building: Elmia Congress Centre, Jönköping
Room: Rydbergsalen
Date: 2014-10-28 02:00 PM – 02:10 PM
Last modified: 2014-10-03


As biodiversity information systems grow in size and complexity, truly distributed open-source development becomes an increasingly attractive option. However, coordinating a number of development teams coming from different backgrounds and having different skill sets and favorite software tools is quite challenging. We describe the history of the DINA consortium, an organization aiming to build a professional web-based collection management system through distributed open-source development. We analyze the sucess and failure of various collaboration approaches tried by the consortium and the participating institutions in the past, and describe the current model, which has evolved from these experiences.