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DSpace 1.7.0 Release Coordinator Announced

The DSpace Developers are proud to announce our Release Coordinator for the DSpace 1.7.0 release later this year.
Peter Dietz, a DSpace Committer from Ohio State University Libraries, has volunteered to coordinate our next major release!
Essentially, the Release Coordinator’s role is to help keep the release “on track”. As DSpace is a community driven open source project, requirements for new features are driven by the community and actual code developments are contributed by the community. Generally, one or more of our DSpace Committers will review community code developments, and help make any necessary changes to ensure the code is ready for the next release. Often, in a given release, several smaller committer/developer “feature teams” will form around each major new feature in order to fully test and prepare it for release. The role of the Release Coordinator is not necessarily to help develop or test each feature (though occasionally he/she may help). Rather, the Release Coordinator helps to ensure that strong communication is happening between these ad-hoc “feature teams”. He/she also helps to ensure that the release is kept on-schedule, and regular updates are provided to the developers and community.
As previously announced, DSpace 1.7.0 will be the next major release of the platform. The DSpace Developers have scheduled this release for December 2010. Although exact features have yet to be finalized, many potential 1.7.0 features are listed on our 1.7.0 Release Notes page. The 1.7.0 feature list may change in the coming months and only those features fully completed by the cut-off date of Oct 22, 2010 will be included in the 1.7.0 release. More information about 1.7.0 is available on its Release Notes page.
Thanks Peter Dietz — we all look forward to the 1.7.0 release!