Digitisation is a dynamic business sector with growing requirements. Individual institutions generally do not have the resources to see through these developments on their own, making the cooperative development of shared, open source tools an effective and affordable solution.
Our objective in evolving Kitodo is to ensure a stable developer and user community for digital libraries and archives. The Kitodo community therefore adopts a strict open source strategy:
The Kitodo community is united in its conviction that, in view of the formidable challenges posed by the digitisation of institutions devoted to preserving historical memory, it is more important to invest in the gradual growth of internal technical and organisational expertise than it is to outsource skill sets and expend substantial funds on software licensing and support costs. A key role here is played by the practice of sharing and coordinated mutual support within the community.
To ensure it can best advise and assist users on technical and organisational issues, the Kitodo community has established support structures for the following typical scenarios.
On GitHub, we document case studies relating to the wide-ranging use of the Kitodo.Production and Kitodo.Presentation modules in libraries, archives, and at digitisation service providers.