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DSpace 1.6.1 and 1.7.0 Schedules Announced

Can’t get enough of DSpace? The DSpace Developers are proud to announce the schedules for our next two DSpace releases.
DSpace 1.6.1 - Bug fix release
DSpace 1.6.1 is scheduled for release on Friday, May 21, 2010.
DSpace 1.6.1 is a bug-fix release which will resolve various bugs/issues that people have noticed in 1.6.0. This release will not introduce any new features, but will resolve over 20-25 bugs/issues that have been located since 1.6.0 was released in early March.
The 1.6.1 release is being coordinated by Kim Shepherd of the University of Waikato in New Zealand. A huge thanks goes out to Kim for helping to decrease the turnaround of this bug-fix release to the benefit of us all!
Additional information on 1.6.1 can be found on the 1.6.1 Release Notes page:
DSpace 1.7.0 - Major Release
In keeping with our recent decision to set a regular, timed release schedule, the DSpace Developers have scheduled DSpace 1.7.0 for release in December 2010.
(Background information about this new release planning decision can be found in the latest DSpace Newsletter, NewSpace)
DSpace 1.7.0 will be the next major release of the software, promising new features and improvements to the platform.
Although the exact features have yet to be finalized, many potential features are listed on our new 1.7.0 Release Notes page, along with a tentative release schedule. 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.
As DSpace 1.7.0 is our first scheduled, “time-based” release, it is likely that it will include fewer major features than 1.6.0. However, scheduling releases will benefit us all as it should decrease the delays in releasing new features, and increase the transparency of the development process. The DSpace Developers feel that these benefits will far outweigh the cost of having fewer major features in a given DSpace release. We hope the DSpace Community will also realize the immediate benefits, which should allow them to receive new features more quickly, rather than potentially waiting years for the next major release of the software.
We hope that you are as excited about these announcements as we are!