DSpaceDirect Now Features DSpace 5 Improvements

Mon, 2015-05-11 13:12 -- carol

Winchester, MA  The hosted DSpaceDirect repository service just got better!

One of the key benefits in choosing the fully-hosted DSpaceDirect repository service is that customers are able to use the most recent version of DSpace without having to tie up staff and technical resources to upgrade software. All current and prospective customers now enjoy DSpace 5 benefits–the ability to more easily migrate from older versions of DSpace, to batch import content and more. The release of DSpace 5 offers users an even easier-to-use and more efficient institutional repository solution. 
The following innovative features are now available as part of the DSpaceDirect service:
Batch Importing
Adding a lot of content in a “batch” to a DSpaceDirect account just became easier with the batch import feature that is now available through the administrative interface. Users create a SimpleArchiveFormat package, zip it up, and upload it through the browser and DSpaceDirect will ingest the content and metadata automatically into the repository.

File Download Tracking
Individual file downloads in a DSpaceDirect repository are now tracked and recorded in the Google Analytics interface along with a full list of other repository statistics, allowing repository administrators to know which files are being downloaded the most, the least, from where in the world, etc.

Thumbnail Image Enhancements
Any time an image and NOW pdf file is added to a DSpaceDirect repository a thumbnail for that file is created. With the latest upgrade, these thumbnails are more crisp and clear than ever allowing users to easily see a preview of the full-size image or pdf file being stored in the repository.

And coming soon, the new, modern and responsive user interface for DSpaceDirect that will make the repository mobile-friendly and a player in the modern web technology world. Plans to roll out this new theme will be underway early this summer, so stay tuned. For a preview of what’s in store for the new interface, called Mirage 2, please visit the demo DSpace web site (demo.dspace.org/xmlui).

Two new and cost effective DSpaceDirect Add-On Packages are also available including:

PDF Cover Pages
DSpaceDirect will now automatically create a cover page for downloaded pdfs stored in the repository. This citation page can be customized to include the name and URL for the repository, the community and collection where the pdf currently is stored, as well as the date, title, author, and URI for the item and several other optional fields.

ORCID Integration
The ORCID integration add-on package for DSpaceDirect is an option which enables ORCID compatibility to the existing DSpaceDirect author capabilities. This new add-on lowers the threshold to adopting ORCID for institutions interested in exploring ORCID capabilities.

DSpaceDirect subscription plans are priced very competitively and are available in several different sizes to meet various customer needs. Additionally, add-on packages are available in order to allow further customization of a DSpaceDirect account. More information about pricing can be found at http://dspacedirect.org/pricing. Watch a 3-minute video about DSpaceDirect improvements here.

About DSpaceDirect
Built on DSpace, the most widely-used repository application in the world with more than 1,500 installed instances, DSpaceDirect was inspired by the idea that the past creates the future as each generation builds knowledge on the scholarship that came before. DSpaceDirect (http://dspacedirect.org) is a hosted DSpace repository service that allows institutions of any size to afford to keep their digital content safe and accessible over time.

About DuraSpace
DuraSpace (http://duraspace.org), an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing leadership and innovation for open technologies that promote durable, persistent access to digital data. We collaborate with academic, scientific, cultural, and technology communities by supporting projects (DSpace, Fedora, VIVO) and creating services (DuraCloud, DSpaceDirect, ArchivesDirect) to help ensure that current and future generations have access to our collective digital heritage. Our values are expressed in our organizational byline, "Committed to our digital future."

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