From Mark H. Wood, DSpace 4.0 Release Coordinator
Winchester, MA The first Release Candidate for DSpace 4.0 will be available soon for testing. Some new features of interest include:
• A new look and feel for JSPUI, with several other improvements
• A number of features of XMLUI have been ported to JSPUI
• A REST API exposing repository objects
• Support for automatically creating DOIs during ingestion.
There's much more. Please see the Release Notes at:
ATTENTION ORACLE SITES
Hi, sorry to shout at you, but now that we have your attention, please do plan on testing the release candidates of DSpace 4.0 on your own infrastructure. We'd like to minimize the surprises on the day that 4.0 is officially released, and the best way to do that is with your help. If at all possible, please consider testing DSpace 4.0, to ensure it is compatible with Oracle. Ideally, this would mean testing a new install, and an upgrade. Thanks!
INVITATION TO TRANSLATORS
If you are willing to translate DSpace message catalogs into another language: the 4.0 catalogs should be nearly stable now.
TESTATHON and NEXT STEPS:
We plan to tag RC1 on Oct. 31, 2013. There will be another announcement when it is ready for download. If you would like to try out the next release of DSpace in your own test environment, please do, and tell us what you find.
The 4.0 Testathon begins on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 and continues through Nov, 15. RC1 will be available on http://demo.dspace.org. You can try it out without installing your own instance, and your feedback would be appreciated. Look for the red Feedback button to report issues with the demo site.
The actual use of a software product is always more varied and surprising than the developers and maintainers imagined. Please help us ensure that DSpace 4.0 will do what you expect.