- Open technologies exhibit one or more of the following qualities: open source software, transparent, open standards, open interfaces, and, or open communities. Open technologies are transparent which helps them to evolve gracefully promoting both durability and long-term access that do not lock communities into a singular way of managing digital assets, particularly because open communities participate in the onging development of open technologies. Open technologies are more easily integrated with other technologies because they use open standards. DuraSpace technologies exhibit all of these qualities.
- Open source projects give direct access to the code used to produce the software. This permits adopters - or third parties with whom they contract - to audit, rebuild, extend, and support the software without a direct dependency on the original authors, or any specific organization. In most cases this results in an ecosystem around the project which creates a robust solution.