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Cineca Releases the First Version of DSpace-CRIS Based on DSpace 5

Bologna, Italy Cineca is pleased to announce that the first version of DSpace-CRIS based on DSpace 5 was released to the community on May 25, 2015.

DSpace-CRIS 5.2.0 is aligned to the functionalities included in DSpace-CRIS 4.3.0 that was released on April 11, 2015.

The major functionalities shared by these two versions are:

  1. Two new standard components for the Home Page:

    • Infographics to summarize CRIS' dimensions;

    • A "Google-like" Global Search with clustering and highlighting, inspired to well established portal.

  2. An enhanced submission process, including the lookup in the ORCID registry and the possibility to create related objects, as conferences, journals, authors, "on the fly".

  3. Out-of-box support to render text field as html components like links. In this way the ORCID and any other resolvable identifier can be stored properly in the database and shown to the user as active link.

Besides the above mentioned features, we will also include a first implementation of a generic tool to load, update and delete CRIS data using spreadsheet. Currently this tool can be used to manage only first level simple (text, date, link) properties. It will be extended in the next releases to support nested values and relation between objects (pointer).

Earlier this month, Andrea Bollini presented at the euroCRIS Membership Meeting in Paris.  View his presentation to learn more about the new DSpace-CRIS version and its future enhancements.

During May Cineca, as a DSpace Registered Service Provider, has also started an important collaboration with the World Health Organisation Library, in order to upgrade and maintain their DSpace Repository to the latest version.

Last but not least, Cineca has been working on a very important agreement with ORCID, which should be signed in the next few days. Thanks to that, all the university members of the Italian Consortium will have access to the ORCID's services and Cineca will develop a "national HUB" for the researchers' ORCID profiles. Such a project it might be very important for the DSpace Community since the CRIS system used by the Italian universities is IRIS, developed by Cineca based on DSpace. Indeed, more than 60 Italian universities will be using IRIS by the end of 2015: 61 universities are now migrating from previous systems to IRIS (38 of them are already using it and by the end of June IRIS will be up and running in all of them) and several others are interested in implementing it as their first CRIS solution. Thanks to this project we will be able to test at a national level the implementations related to ORCID made for DSpace and DSpace-CRIS. More details on these activities will be provided in the next DuraSpace Digest.