Winchester, MA Last month DuraSpace shared a report on the current "State of DSpace" following a series of phone calls with sponsors, committers, DCAT members, and service providers. The summary can be found here http://www.duraspace.org/dspace-futures.
Among the many themes that emerged from these discussions, we have identified three in particular that generated broad interest. We have scheduled follow-up conference calls for each of them in the next few weeks. These topics, if they are to evolve into actionable initiatives, will require active community participation and leadership. If your institution would like to become involved, we invite you and your colleagues to participate in the discussions that interest you:
REST API / Repository Abstraction Layer. A number of people on the calls felt that DSpace would benefit considerably from the creation of its own full-featured REST API. This API would permit more flexible and agile UI development and would ease integration with third-party tools and applications.
A call to discuss the REST API is scheduled for Wednesday, February 27, at 2:00pm EST (19:00 UTC). Participants may want to review two third-party APIs in advance of the call:
Hedtek's DSpace REST API: https://github.com/hedtek/dspace-rest
Wijiti's DSpace REST API: https://github.com/wijiti/dspace-rest-api
To join this call, dial +1 209.647.1600, participant code 117433#.
DSpace and Hydra. This discussion ranged from a vision of a DSpace Hydra head--one that would duplicate DSpace functionality using the Hydra framework (Ruby on Rails, Solr, Blacklight, Fedora)--to related variations such as Hydra front-end development on top of the DSpace back-end. Hydra Project partners are invited to attend this call, as well.
A call to discuss DSpace and Hydra is scheduled for Friday, March 1, at 12:00pm EST (17:00 UTC). To join this call, dial +1 209.647.1600, participant code 117433#.
Metadata Improvements. Metadata enhancement was one of the issues frequently raised in our telephone conversations. Coincidentally, the DSpace Community Advisory Team (DCAT) was already working on a proposal to improve the metadata support based on results of an earlier community-wide survey (Proposal to Update QDC Registry and Add DCTERMS Registry). As the starting point for enhanced metadata support, DCAT is creating a proposal that would lay the foundation for future improvements by updating the existing Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) schema to the current Qualified Dublin Core (QDC) standard. The proposal also includes some suggestions for improving the protection of the schema standards as well as laying the groundwork for some added flexibility to add other standards. In folding this work into the DSpace Futures initiative, DCAT is hopeful everyone with an interest in improving metadata support in DSpace will get involved with the effort.
A call to discuss DSpace metadata improvements is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20 at 4:00pm EDT (20:00 UTC). To join this call, dial +1 209.647.1600, participant code 117433#.
There is no need to register in advance for these calls. Notes will be published for each call for those who are interested but cannot attend.