# Contributors to the VIA Open Source ProjectVIA is an open source project and we welcome all forms of contributions (code update, documentation, bug report, etc.) from users. All the contributionsmust adhere to the existing [license](LICENSE) of the VIA project.
The development of VIA software began in August 2016 and the first publicrelease of Version~1 was made in April 2017. Many new advanced featuresfor image annotation were introduced in Version~2 which was released inJune 2018. The recently released Version~3 supports annotation of audio and video.Each version of the VIA software maintains a list of their contributors in the