Ithaca, NY DSpace 1.8, the latest version of the popular turnkey open source institutional repository application is now available with the new iTunes U Media RSS feed. This feature was built to help the DSpace community distribute content on iTunes U, a dedicated area within the iTunes Store giving users public access to hundreds of thousands of free lectures, videos, books, and podcasts from learning institutions all over the world.
The iTunes U Media RSS feeds feature was created by Peter Dietz, Systems Developer/Engineer at The Ohio State University Libraries. The application addresses OSU’s goal to provide broad access to key resources and to distribute educational content to users worldwide. "DSpace now provides access to the content of our repository items directly in the RSS feed, allowing our users to subscribe to collections via Media RSS readers like iTunes U,” says Dietz. “Additionally, by adding Media RSS support to our collections, our clients who previously hand edited and uploaded XML files to the server every time they had new content to add to the Podcast feed, have found that the whole process is much simplified. Once they add content to DSpace, the RSS feed is automatically updated with the latest content.”
New DSpace 1.8 features include:
• A new set of Curation System Tools and Plug-ins that provide more ways to manage routine content operations on a repository, including running a routine check on a collection to make sure it has the required metadata;
• A Configurable Reviewer Workflow gives repository managers the ability to assign repository content reviews in several ways;
• The DSpace SWORD Client that enables DSpace repositories to push/submit content to other SWORD-enabled repositories; and
• Creative Commons licensing for XMLUI that better integrates the Creative Commons license selection into the content submission process.
DuraSpace is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. DuraSpace provides leadership and innovation in the use of open source and cloud-based technologies to serve libraries, universities, and research centers, for managing and preserving digital content. The organization’s open source technology portfolio includes the DSpace open access repository application and the Fedora open repository platform. DuraSpace is the home of DuraCloud, an emerging cloud-based service that leverages existing cloud infrastructure to ensure durability and enable access to digital content. http://duraspace.org/