Lyrasis continues its close partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon foundation for the CollectionSpace collection management system for museums and related institutions. The Mellon Foundation has funded a new three-year $1.2 million grant for the ongoing technical development of CollectionSpace and to work toward expanding its user community. The grant will fund additional staff to carry out this agenda and to provide support for the product to the institutions that have adopted CollectionSpace.
CollectionSpace was originally developed by a group of organizations, including the Museum of Moving Images in New York, the University of California, Berkeley, as well as the Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies affiliated with the University of Cambridge. The initiative also encompassed the Fluid Project founded at the OCAD University in Toronto focusing on user interfaces for open source software stronger in inclusive design and other aspects of user experience.
Lyrasis has been the organizational home of Collection- Space since January 2014, with funding from the Mellon Foundation to build organizational and technical capacity to support the project. In July 2016, the Mellon Foundation funded an $850,000 grant to Lyrasis and the University of California, Berkeley for technical development and sustainability planning.
In other open source activities, Lyrasis has also become deeply involved with the Library Simplified initiative and the SimplyE library mobile e-reading app originally developed at the New York Public Library (NYPL). Lyrasis and the Digital Public Library of America entered a partnership in November 2017 to develop an e-content and hosting platform for libraries based on Library Simplified as the middleware infrastructure and administrative tools for e-book collections and using the SimplyE app for discovery and access. In August 2018, James English, who led the development of SimplyE at NYPL, joined Lyrasis as its Product Development Strategist for Library Simplified/ SimplyE. NYPL initially launched SimplyE in July 2016 replete with 300,000 e-books available to the library's cardholders.