The recent half-day DSpace User Group Meeting held following the SPARC 2010 Digital Repositories Meeting provided an opportunity for over 30 DSpace users to hear updates about current development activity with the software and related products as well as participate in a hands-on tutorial on batch metadata editing. Copies of all the presentation slides from the meeting are available here. Highlights of the meeting included:
• Peter Dietz, the 1.7 Release Manager, gave a summary of what DSpace users can expect in the upcoming 1.7 release. Peter talked about some of the new features and improvements in the release as well as general information on the release process. For the most current and detailed information, please visit the DSpace 1.7 Release Notes wiki.
• Bram Luyten from@mire, a Registered DSpace Service Provider, provided an introduction to @mire's unique offering of services and add-on modules, supporting institutions running their own in-house repository.
• Maureen Walsh from The Ohio State University provided a tutorial on batch metadata editing. Meeting attendees were able to experience first hand the power of this useful 1.6 feature. Maureen's tutorial slides are an excellent resource and could be easily used as a stand-alone tutorial for anyone wanting a thorough orientation to batch metadata editing.
Participants had an opportunity to take part in a structured networking activity where each person talked about using DSpace at their institution, both now and in the future. It was informative to hear about the projects and priorities at other institutions and provided a chance for participants to make some helpful connections with others.
Many thanks to all those who took the time to participate in the meeting as well as to the meeting planning committee and the DSpace Global Outreach Committee for putting together a useful and informative meeting. Special thanks to @mire for sponsoring the session.