DSpace 1.6 is Now Available
The DuraSpace organization recently announced the long-awaited release of DSpace 1.6, the popular turn-key open source application for managing and providing access to digital content used to create more than 800 repository instances worldwide. The release of DSpace 1.6 was led by Stuart Lewis, community release manager and IT Innovations analyst and developer at the University of Auckland Library. Lewis worked closely with DSpace developers, community members and DuraSpace staff to make the best possible version of DSpace 1.6 publicly available.
Download DSpace 1.6 here: http://www.dspace.org/current-release/latest-release/
Bram Luyten, @mire (http://atmire.com/), who is an active DSpace community member commented, "Both from an end-user perspective, as well as the administrator side of things, this release is a great leap forward."
Community-requested features in the new release include an enhanced statistics package which provides more information about how your repository is being used, an embargo facility so items can be kept dark for a period of time, and a batch metadata editing tool which can be used to change, add, find/replace metadata as well as facilitate mass moves, re-order values or add new items in bulk. And there's more such as authority control which contains an integration with the Sherpa Romeo Service for publisher names, as well as the Library of Congress Nameservice. Other new features include:
•OAI-PMH harvesting of items from remote repositories
•Configurable OAI-PMH dublin core output
•Move item functionality in XMLUI
•If-Modified-Since / Last-Modified header support in XMLUI
•Change to logging behaviour to ensure better log retention and management
•Update to the latest handle server library
•Ability to perform batch imports and exports from zip files of items
•New test scripts to test database and email settings
•Ability to set legal jurisdiction in creative commons licensing
Ina Smith, University of Stellenbosch Repository Manager, explains what the release of DSpace 1.6 will mean for her institution:
"The University of Stellenbosch (www.sun.ac.za), one of the top research institutions on the African continent, has been using DSpace since 2007. We take the digital preservation of our most valuable asset – i.e. research output by our researchers – very seriously. Our focus on digital preservation made DSpace an obvious choice as a platform to host our varied digital assets. As part of our digital preservation management strategy we regard upgrading to DSpace 1.6 as a given, thereby guaranteeing continued access to digital objects. At the same time various instances of DSpace running at our institution will be integrated into this new DSpace version. We are proud to be one of the early adopters of DSpace 1.6, and together with add-on’s obtained from @mire are looking forward to providing new functionality to benefit our researchers and the rest of the international research community. Thank you to the DSpace community for the work you do, and for sharing DSpace with those who do not necessarily have expertise and resources. You can visit the ‘new’ repository of the University of Stellenbosch – SUNScholar – at scholar.sun.ac.za. Currently DSpace is used by 12 South African institutions (http://ir.sun.ac.za/wiki/index.php/List), which includes the major research institutions."
More Information About DSpace 1.6
• Join Stuart Lewis, the DSpace 1.6 community release manager, who will offer an overview of the lastest release and how it can help you manage your repository. This free DuraSpace/SPARC "All About Repositories" web seminar will highlight new Fedora 3.3 and DSpace 1.6 features on March 17, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Register for the web seminar here: http://www.arl.org/sparc/meetings/event_registration.shtml.
• Lewis has published a blog post explaining what key changes and improvements in DSpace 1.6 will mean for you. Read the post here: http://blog.stuartlewis.com/2010/02/10/dspace-1-6-what-will-be-in-it-for-me/.
• The February issue of the DSpace Newsletter features in-depth information about DSpace 1.6.
DSpace (http://Dspace.org) is an out-of-the-box open source repository application for delivering digital content to end-users. Globally it is the most widely used open source repository software for institutional repositories and open access repositories. DSpace has been installed all over the world by organizations, especially libraries, as a way to provide access to research output, scholarly publications, library collections, and more. The DSpace application has many features and tools for managing digital content and enabling digital preservation. DSpace stores any type of content and offers built-in workflows for content submission and review. Organizations can easily make their digital collections available on the Web using DSpace's customizable end user interfaces along with many community-developed features and utilities.
DuraSpace (http://DuraSpace.org) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. DuraSpace software and services are used worldwide as solutions for open access, institutional repositories, digital libraries, digital archives, data curation, virtual research environments, and more. DuraSpace provides leadership and innovation in the use of open source and cloud-based technologies to serve libraries, universities, research centers, cultural heritage institutions, and other knowledge stewards. The organization’s open source technology portfolio includes the DSpace open access repository application, the Fedora open repository platform, and the Mulgara semantic database. DuraSpace is the home of DuraCloud, an emerging cloud-based service that leverages existing cloud infrastructure to enable durability and access to digital content. The DuraSpace team includes recognized leaders and experts in the management of digital information. The team works with an active and diverse international community committed to the durability of digital resources.
The DuraSpace technology portfolio inherently addresses the issue of durability of digital content. Our values are expressed in our organizational byline, “open technologies for durable digital content.”