The Hydra Project was conceived and executed as a collaborative, open source effort from its very beginning in 2008.
Initially Hydra was a joint development project between Stanford University, the University of Virginia and the University of Hull in close collaboration with Fedora (now Fedora Commons, part of DuraSpace). This core group was later expanded to include MediaShelf LLC, a company since wound down.
More recently, a number of other institutions have joined the Hydra community, either as Partners or as adopters who may wish to become partners in due course.
Full Partners share the aims of the original group, who now constitute the core of a steering group within the Partners, and commit to furthering the development of the project. The structure of the Hydra community is more fully described on our Governance page.
Hydra is not (and has never been) grant funded. It is distributed, robust and open. Any single developer could walk away. Any single institution could walk away. People ask what’s your sustainability plan? We say we’ve already passed the first hurdle—many years of self-funded productivity, and a growing code, contributor and user base, not dependent on a transition plan. Hydra has come a long way since 2008… All that being said, we gratefully acknowledge grant contributions from the US Institute for Museum and Library Services, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Jisc in the UK, and others who have funded projects which have used the Hydra framework as part of their technology stack.