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DSpace 1.7.0 is available now!

On behalf of the DSpace Committers, we would like to formally announce that DSpace 1.7.0 is now available!

DSpace 1.7.0 can be downloaded immediately at either of the following locations:


In addition, you are welcome to try out DSpace 1.7.0 on and continue to provide any early feedback you may have.

Most of you are already aware that 1.7.0 represents the first "time-based" release for DSpace. In order to decrease delays in releasing new features and increase transparency, the DSpace developers decided to schedule 1.7.0 in advance and base its features on what they were able to complete within that timeframe. Despite the fact that 1.7.0 had a much tighter timeframe than previous major releases, the developers have managed to include some significant new features, numerous bug fixes and performance improvements. We hope to continue this trend in all future releases.


New Features and Improvements in 1.7.0

• Mirage XMLUI Theme: a new clean, professional looking theme for XMLUI with increased browser compatability, easier customization and enhanced performance. A video demo is available.

• DSpace Discovery: a faceted browse/search interface for XMLUI that gives a deeper and more intuitive look at repository content with auto completion for search and context sensitive browse suggestions. An informational video is available.

Archival Information Package (AIP) Backup & Restore process: allows for a backup of DSpace into a generic METS-based structure, that can be used to migrate DSpace content to another system that supports AIPs (DSpace or non-DSpace).

Curation Administration User Interface: allows for a series of curation tasks (profile bitstream formats, virus scan, check for required metadata) to be performed on objects in DSpace.

• PowerPoint text extraction, for searching within PowerPoint slides

• Improved Google Scholar indexing on metadata and PDF content

• Improved performance and scalability of DSpace: the code has been thoroughly analyzed by a suite of code quality tools and there have been considerable performance gains with regard to item ingestion and indexing speed

• Automated Unit Testing of core code: helps the developers ensure the core code of DSpace is as bug free and stable as possible

For more details on the above improvements and a complete list of 1.7.0 modifications, please refer to the Version History or the Release Notes:

DSpace Version History

1.7.0 Release Notes


1.7.0 Documentation

The DSpace documentation has been migrated to a wiki-based version:

The wiki-based documentation will make it easier for the community to help make updates and corrections. PDF and HTML copies of the Documentation are still distributed with the software. In addition, they can also be downloaded from:


1.7.0 Acknowledgments

The DSpace application would not exist without the hard work and support of the community. Thank you to the many developers who have worked very hard to deliver all the new features and improvements. Also thanks to the users who provided input and feedback on the development, as well those who participated in the testathons. Many thanks to Jeffery Trimble from Youngstown State University for helping to migrate the DSpace documentation to a wiki-based version and for his continued improvements.

A detailed listing of all known people/institutions who contributed directly to DSpace 1.7.0 is available in the Preface of the DSpace Documentation.

(If you contributed and were accidentally left off the list, please let us know so that we can correct it!)


More Information

More information on this release is also available in the DSpace 1.7.0 Release Notes.

We are also currently planning a DSpace 1.7.0 Webinar to take place in January 2011. This webinar will concentrate on new features and improvements provided by 1.7.0. More information to follow.

As always, we are happy to hear back from the community about DSpace -- please let us know what you think of 1.7.0!

Have a happy holiday season!

Peter Dietz (1.7.0 Release Coordinator) and the DSpace Committers