Join SPN

Sustaining Members

+ Canadian Centre for Architecture

+ Computer History Museum

+ Cornell University

+ Duke University

+ Georgia Tech

+ Harvard/Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

+ Massachusetts Institute of Technology

+ Penn State University

+ Software Sustainability Institute

+ Stanford University

+ Texas Tech University

+ University of Michigan

+ University of North Carolina at Greensboro

+ University of Texas at Austin

+ University of Virginia

+ Yale University

Supporting Members

+ Living Computers: Museum + Labs

+ New York University

+ University of Arizona

+ University of Illinois

Since 2015, the Software Preservation Network has worked to create a space where organizations from industry, academia, government, cultural heritage, and the public sphere can contribute their myriad skills and capabilities toward collaborative solutions that will ensure persistent access to all software and all software-dependent objects. Our goal is to make it easier to deposit, discover, and reuse software.

As SPN transitions from an exclusively grant-funded and in-kind support model to a member-driven organization, please consider joining our growing community of practice. You can learn more about SPN’s accomplishments, our plans for the future, and how to join and support this community through our newly released Software Preservation Network Prospectus.

Our work will be guided at all times by several core principles:

Transparency about all of the components we are working with and working on, including concrete, ongoing information about:

   + SPN’s initial two-year budget, with full revenues and expenditures disclosure;

   + SPN’s governance practices, including how and when community members can get more involved;

   + SPN’s ongoing ROI through concrete deliverables that will support a growing roster of SPN services;

Responsiveness to all investors and volunteers, specifically engaging in an ongoing review of community needs, organizational models, engagement opportunities, and available sources of revenue.

   + If at any point in this formation process, we determine that SPN is not currently viable as a membership organization, we will bring that to the community and determine how best to proceed;

   + The project will deliver concrete and open outputs that are valuable to investors and the extended community in-and-of-themselves, regardless of what form SPN takes in the future.

Engagement with broader lessons learned in collective action – what has worked, what hasn’t and why – and application of those lessons to the community formation process.

As SPN transitions from an exclusively grant-funded and in-kind support model to as self-sustaining member-driven organization, I hope you will consider joining our growing community of practice. You can learn more about SPN’s accomplishments, and our plans for the future, in our newly released Software Preservation Network Prospectus.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Jessica Meyerson (jessica@educopia.org). The official launch of the two-year seed funded began January 2019. New members and sponsors are to join and/or contribute at any point during the two-year seed funded period.