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NOW AVAILABLE: First Release of DSpace CRIS Module for DSpace 3

From Andrea Bollini, CINECA

Rome, Italy; Hong Kong  CINECA[1] and the University of Hong Kong (HKU)[2] are pleased to announce the immediate availability for download of the first 3.x version of the DSpace CRIS module (based on DSpace 3.2):

Publications are an important output of the research cycle. They allow communication between scholars, and measurement and decision support of research amongst research administrators. However there are many other equally important entities in research that need description and tracking, such as projects, grants, patents, organization units, researcher profiles (people), etc. Integrating and contextualizing all of these entities along with publications, adds greater value to each individual piece, in terms of visibility, discovery, and understanding of the total research picture. One name used for such integrations is Current Research Information System (CRIS).

This DSpace addon enables the ingestion, storage, display and management of metadata and fulltext on these other research entities. This module produces a smooth integration between native DSpace items (publications) and other CRIS entities. All entities (native DSpace items or new CRIS Entities) can be linked with each other using autocomplete/lookup functions in the submission edit phase and/or the inter-navigation in visualizations.

This new release is a further step forward to CERIF compliance as the system is now able to manage as many separates entities as you need with their proper metadata: journals, awards, funding schema and anything else that you might wish to add!

Full compliance with CERIF and a CERIF XML Export is scheduled for the next release.

DSpace-CRIS 3.2 has been backported to DSpace 1.8.2. This version can be found at, DSpace


In the next few days DSpace-CRIS 3.2 will also be backported to DSpace 1.8.3. The DSpace-CRIS versions are still tagged as a beta mainly due to poor documentation and the presence of areas of code and database that are still under development.

The updated DSpace CRIS Roadmap can be found here:

The list of the DSpace-CRIS features can be found here:

All of these features are now in the HKU Scholars Hub

At the technical level we worked hard to make the installation procedure easier, all the required steps are automatically performed during the standard DSpace installation (mvn package). The database settings are now automatically derived from the dspace.cfg file without need for editing extra hibernate configuration files. We have also started a branch on our repository to work closely to the development of the DSpace for the next release 4.0 so to be able to release a DSpace-CRIS module ready for DSpace 4.0 in a very short time after it release.

The DSpace-CRIS versions are now automatically checked by Travis CI: 3.2.0-beta: 

The code has been updated to work with SOLR 4.1, this allows the use of SOLR join to make interesting statistics analysis groupings by authors, content types, etc. We plan to work with the DSpace community to contribute the upgrade to SOLR 4.1 to the next main release of DSpace, expected to be 4.0.

Some of this code base has already made its way into general DSpace,releases, such as “Solr Discovery for JSPUI” in DSpace 3. However we envision that most of this work will be an optional addon, which DSpace developers can choose to implement, or not. In the spirit of open source, we hope that this DSpace CRIS module will receive wide adoption in the DSpace community. We hope that many will find it useful and then build further upon this start. To enable this desired multilateral collaboration, we ask that you send any inquires directly to the dspace mailing lists (mainly dspace-tech at


We invite all the interested parties to get in touch with us. Up to now, this has been a collaboration between CINECA and HKU. The HKU side is supported by funding from the HKU Office of Knowledge Exchange and the University Libraries.


[1] Please note that starting from September 2012 CINECA, CILEA and CASPUR, the three Italian Interuniversity Consortia, are now merged into a single Consortium which retains the name of CINECA. Before this, CILEA was a long-term member and contributor to the

DSpace platform since 2003.