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DSpace 1.6 Testathon: The Big Bug Hunt

By Valorie Hollister, Director of Community Development and Director of the DSpace Project, DuraSpace
Ithaca, NY, Boston, MA DSpace 1.6 is in the final weeks of development. There are a just a few items to wrap up before we enter the community testing and bug hunt phase starting on Monday, December 7 when we will need YOUR help! Several members of the DSpace community will host public instances of 1.6 for you to sign onto and put 1.6 through it’s paces. If you would prefer, you are welcome to download the beta of 1.6 to install, or to test an upgrade of your version 1.5.x test or development system.
If you’ve never considered participating in a testathon before, please jump in now on the “Big Bug Hunt”, get a preview of all the great new 1.6 features (batch metadata editing, embargo, improved statistics and much more) and do your part to help root out as many problems as possible before the official release. We need everyone to join in and push 1.6 to its limits, as there are so many new features that require user exploration and lots of old features that have been improved which will also require testing.
The DSpace 1.6 documentation has also been through a major revision. Everyone is asked to join in the documentation review to make sure that it not only supports the new features in 1.6, but also improves the guidance on DSpace overall.
There will be more details to come about the testathon–and it will be really easy to get admin access to a DSpace 1.6 instance and to report bugs or issues. Please  join the rest of the community in the “Big Bug Hunt” starting on December 7, and help to make this the best release ever!