Why you should switch to open-source digital preservation software

You might have heard of 'open source' software - but what does it mean, and why should museums be considering it?

What is open source?

Software is open source when the code is accessible and can be modified by anyone. This facilitates collaboration between developers and the freedom to enhance the original software.

The alternative, proprietary software, only provides the functionality that was available on release.

Benefits of open source digital preservation software

You want the digital preservation software your museum invests in to provide long-term benefits and accommodate your growing catalogue.

That's where open-source software is useful.

1. Customise to your heart's content

You can add and remove code to suit your vision for what the software should do.

Museums, like many other organisations, need the option to personalise their digital platforms. With open-source code, your employees and patrons can always get a tailored, fully branded experience.

2. Ready to use without coding

Open-source software doesn't mean you have to roll up your sleeves and get coding before you can use it. Although highly customisable, most digital preservation software has lots of great functionality that can be used straight away.

The perk of open source software is that you can make simple or complex code adjustments - if you need to.

3. No licence fee and unlimited users

Adding another rolling cost to your budget isn't what stakeholders want. Licence fee-free software is attractive for organisations that rely on public funding or sponsorship.

With open-source software there is no vendor lock-in, meaning you can use a range of features at a low cost. What's more, there are no surprise fees when you add users - you can have as many as you want.

4. Create a community of innovators

Digital preservation software isn't a one-size-fits-all product. Each industry and user group has its own unique requirements and challenges. Open-source code enables your team to draw inspiration from their own experiences. As a result, you can make improvements in response to the needs of your museum.

This approach encourages collaboration that produces highly optimised software that suits your organisation perfectly.

5. Scalability

Scalability is a significant concern for museums. Open-source code allows for unlimited growth. As your catalogue of digital assets grows, you can modify your software to accommodate your expanding library, manage access, and continue to protect the security of your files.

ResourceSpace open source DAM

Are you considering ResourceSpace as a digital asset management (DAM) solution for your museum? You'll be pleased to learn that our software is entirely open-source.

In the past, we've partnered with lots of museums to help them optimise their digital asset management. ResourceSpace integrates with existing systems such as TMS and EMu, while our on-prem package allows you to manage your DAM in-house.

When you choose ResourceSpace for your museum, you gain the support of an expert team. We offer guidance far beyond the software installation stage. Speak to us about our consultancy services today. We'll help you with everything, from best practice implementation to workflow optimisation.