The Specify Software Project is transitioning from a grant-funded project to a community-governed, international consortium of museums. Building on 20 years of support from the NSF and the Univ. of Kansas, we have formed a collections consortium whose members will advance their own research computing and help determine the future of collections informatics worldwide. The Specify Collections Consortium’s open source, non-profit, business model will engage collections institutions as technology partners and collaborators. By pooling resources to sustain free and open software, member institutions with vision are committing to the future of collections-based research by investing in the biological collections community instead of the profit margins of commercial software vendors.
During the webinar we will discuss the Consortium's organizational structure, governance, membership levels and benefits, service, and support offerings.