DSpace-CRIS, Alpha release available

From David Palmer, Associate University Librarian (Digital Strategies & Technical Services), The University of Hong Kong Libraries

Hong Kong  CILEA and the University of Hong Kong (HKU) are pleased to announce the immediate availability for download of the first alpha release of the DSpace CRIS module.

https://github.com/CILEA/dspace-cris

Publications are an important output of the research cycle. They allow communication between scholars, and measurement and decision support of research amongst research administrators. However there are many other equally important entities in research that need description and tracking, such as projects, grants, patents, organization units, researcher profiles (people), etc. Integrating and contextualizing all  of these entities along with publications, adds greater value to each individual piece, in terms of visibility, discovery, and understanding of the total research picture. One name used for such integrations is Current Research Information System (CRIS).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Current_Research_Information_System

This DSpace addon enables the ingestion, storage, display and management of metadata & fulltext on these other research entities. This module  produces a smooth integration between native DSpace items (publications) and other CRIS entities. All entities (native DSpace items or new CRIS Entities) can be linked with each other using autocomplete/lookup functions in the submission edit phase and the inter-navigation in visualizations.

This is the first public release. Richer versions with more features and functionality will appear soon. These are described in the DSpace CRIS 

Roadmap page:

https://github.com/CILEA/dspace-cris/wiki/Roadmap

Most of these features are now in The HKU Scholars Hub.

http://hub.hku.hk

The current version works on a customized version of DSpace 1.8.2 JSPUI and can be installed by following the instructions provided here:

https://github.com/CILEA/dspace-cris/wiki/Installation

We expect to release a complete upgrade of the DSpace CRIS module to DSpace 3 in the coming months. Some of this code base will make its way into general DSpace releases, such as “Solr Discovery for JSPUI” in DSpace 3. However we envision that most of this work will be an optional addon, which DSpace
developers can choose to implement, or not.

In the spirit of open source, we hope that this DSpace CRIS module will receive wide adoption in the DSpace community. We hope that many will find useful and then build further upon this start. To enable this desired multilateral collaboration, we ask that you send any inquires directly to the dspace mailing lists (mainly dspace tech@lists.sourceforge.net).

Up to now, this has been a collaboration between CILEA and HKU. The HKU side is supported by funding from the HKU Office of Knowledge Exchange and the University Libraries.

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