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Presentation given to Open Repository 2018, Bozeman, Montana.
The Document Server@UHasselt, the repository of Hasselt University, was set up by the University Library in 2003. The development of the Document Server@UHasselt is based on the Open Source Software DSpace, but the platform had to be extended to fulfil the extra requirements needed by the University Library and the Research Coordination Office.
Despite the aim to share enhancements, Hasselt University Library was unable to finalize the contribution of customizations to the main code base. At the beginning of 2017 Hasselt University decided to outsource a new round of development seeking for a solution to the long term sustainability. This happens in the year of a big transition for the DSpace platform toward a new UI technology.
The case at Hasselt University shows at the same time the complexity and the possibility of integrating local developments in community efforts. Local resources can be made available to extend community efforts, for the benefit of all institutions that adopt the same open-source solution. Evolution and innovation of non-commercial solutions is only possible by collaboration and sharing.