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DSpace 6.0 Testathon Gets Underway–Through May 6

From Tim Donohue, DSpace Tech Lead, on behalf of the DSpace Committers

The DSpace 6.0 Testathon is now underway. We ask that you take a few minutes of your time in these coming weeks to help us fully test this new release. We want to ensure we are maintaining the same level of quality that you come to expect out of a new DSpace release. We'd also love to hear your early feedback on 6.0!

WHO: You! Everyone is invited to take part. Whether you manage multiple instances, or are interested in trying DSpace for the first time, we welcome your feedback.

WHAT: Help beta-test DSpace 6.0 to ensure that it passes its ultimate test: that it does what users expect it to. We've added new features (see Release Notes and Changes in 6.x) that could use more eyes, browsers, and mouse-clicks to make sure that things aren't missing, that they don't break, and that they easily do what one expects them to do. So if any features have issues while your testing it, click the blue "Feedback" button and tell us about it. 

WHEN: Monday, April 25 through Friday, May 6, 2016. You can keep visiting the site and posting your feedback, as we'll be continually improving the software during the next few weeks.

WHY: The sooner we find and fix bugs, the higher quality the software will be when it comes time to upgrade or install DSpace 6.0.

HOW: Go to and test-drive one of the DSpace User Interfaces, such as JSPUI or XMLUI (see Test Plans below). If anything comes up while you are testing DSpace, you can click the blue "Feedback" button on the page (which creates a new ticket in our DSpace Issue Tracker). We're looking for feedback on the DSpace software, as well as feedback on our unreleased 6.0 documentation.

Test Plans: New for the 6.0 Testathon, our DSpace Community Advisory Team (DCAT) has created public test plans for both the XMLUI and JSPUI. We encourage you to add your observations and tests to these plans. Tests are organized by user-role, where each user role is represented as a tab in these spreadsheets. Each of the tabs has a "Role Manager" who will help out with reviewing your feedback and keeping these test plans clean and consistent.

Questions?  Ask them on our DSpace Tech Support list ( or #dspace IRC (

For a list of what's new in DSpace 6.0, see the Release Notes.