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Cineca DSpace Service Provider Update

From Andrea Bollini, Cineca

It has been a hot and productive summer here in Cineca,  we have carried out several DSpace activities together with the go live of the National ORCID Hub to support the adoption of ORCID in Italy [1][2].

Since June,  we  have accomplished several tasks, among which the launch of 11 new installations of IRIS, the Cineca platform [3][4] based on DSpace-CRIS,  furthermore we have reached two major results worth sharing with the community: the upgrade of the Institutional Repository of the World Health Organization (WHO) to DSpace JSPUI 5 and a new version of DSpace-CRIS.

The new version of the WHO’s Repository includes a customized full responsive UI, a more friendly visualization of the item list with a layout inspired by the Mirage2 theme and some extra functionalities. The new version of DSpace-CRIS leverages the ORCID integration to an upper level allowing the institutions to take advantage of the Membership API synchronizing content from the repository to the ORCID registry, more information below.


[2] National ORCID Hub, open source project:




Upgrade of the Institutional Repository of the World Health Organization

On Friday,  August 21st the new version of the WHO’s repository started to serve the general public

The new version aligns the WHO installation to DSpace 5, JSPUI based, introducing several improvements and new features.

The repository with more than 145,000 items most of which with fulltext (~ 125,000) serves a global community and supports the six official languages of the World Health Organization: Spanish, Russian, French, Arabic, Chinese and English.

The UI has been customized to be fully responsive and manage properly the Arabic language and the right to left read direction typical of this language. Item lists are shown in a more friendly way with a layout inspired by  the Mirage2 theme and the search engine provides an easy to use filter to limit content to only items with fulltext. The browse by Subject has been made multilingual so that users can consult most of the Mesh terms in their native language

On the backend the embargo functionality has been extended to support the definition of a release date including hour detail in order to manage the disclosure of publications world-wide during special events, taking into account the different time zones.

DSpace-CRIS 5.2.1 released with extensive ORCID integration

On Friday, 24th July the new version has been released on GitHub for general users.

The new version includes both new features, funded by the Hong Kong University (HKU), than fix to bug reported by several DSpace-CRIS users: a special thanks goes to Hork Koag Kevin HAU from the Hong Kong Institute of Education for the extensive feedback provided.

This new version includes a better and more complete integration with ORCID and an extension to the data model to natively support dynamic property with Boolean values or text values limited to controlled list and rendered as dropdown or radio buttons.

The improved DSpace-CRIS ORCID integration allows now to take advantage of the Member ORCID API, synchronizing content from the repository to the ORCID registry. The researcher can decide to synchronize one or more of the following elements: biography information, publications and projects on a granular basis. The synchronization can be fully automatic or prompt the user before sending updated content to ORCID registry.

Before the end of August Cineca will release the version 5.3.0 that, besides aligning DSpace-CRIS with the latest DSpace 5 stable release, will also include a new widget for the dynamic properties of CRIS objects to support hierarchy classification like ERC Sectors, MSC (Mathematics Subject Classification), etc.