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CINECA: New Contributions to the DSpace Community

From Michele Mennielli, CINECA
Bologna, Italy  New open source contributions that will benefit the DSpace community were the focus of a very prolific month for Cineca.
The activities commissioned by the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in November of 2014 are producing their first important results for DSpace-CRIS: advanced search capabilities. The HKU asked Cineca to implement functional improvements directly in the open source version of the software, not in their own customized solution, moving the “open source first” partnership model a step forward.
New functionalities, together with others directly funded by Cineca, are available in the DSpace-CRIS version 4.3.0 released on April 15, 2015 (, which includes:
  • Lookup on the ORCID directory at submission time, bringing into the JSPUI version what was already available for DSpace 5 XMLUI;
  • Automatic creation of local author profile for authors imported, defined during the submission process;
  • Ability to claim the author profile using the ORCID  authentication;
  • Highlighting of searched terms in the search result (previously available only on the DSpace XMLUI);
  • Highly configurable global search: searching across all system entities the results are shown grouped by user-defined entity type; entity type not necessary matches the software entities: for instance specific publication types such as PHD Thesis can be “promoted” as top level entities.
Additionally, a completely new project has started with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.   An international Tender has chosen DSpace-CRIS as their Hub for promoting the Research activities and outputs.  Thanks to both projects, Hong Kong University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Consortium will be able to work on two very important features to add to DSpace-CRIS:
  • PUSH local information to ORCID: research bibliographic data, publications and projects information can be sent to the Researcher's ORCID profile, with the opportunity to activate automatic synchronization for each single field. The plan is to release it by June 2015 together with the DSpace-CRIS 4.3.1 and DSpace-CRIS 5.1.1 version.
  • PULL extended information from ORCID: when logging in, the system proposes the Researcher to import records stored in her/his ORCID profile into DSpace-CRIS. If an ORCID Premium Membership is in place in the Institution, then this process can be further streamlined adding alerting functionality.
Last but not least, at the beginning of May 2015, Cineca will release the version for the DSpace 5 branch (formally DSpace-CRIS 5.1.0).