NOW AVAILABLE: The DSpace Community Annual Report 2017 – July 2018

The DSpace Community Annual Report 2017 – July 2018 is now available. The Report provides an overview of the user community, membership, two brief community profiles, a technical overview, governance, finance, and events.

Download the DSpace Community Annual Report 2017 – July 2018 here.

We invite you to learn more about the DSpace community, current initiatives, and progress towards the release of DSpace 7 in the Community Annual Report. Thanks to members of the DSpace community for their help in developing this report: Terry Brady (Georgetown University Library); Claudio Cortese (4Science); Tim Donohue (DuraSpace); Felicity Dykas (University of Missouri Libraries); Valorie Hollister (DuraSpace); Salwa Ismail (Georgetown University Library); (Mariya Maistrovskaya (University of Toronto Libraries); Michele Mennielli (DuraSpace); Carol Minton Morris (DuraSpace); Samu Viita (National Library of Finland)

DSpace is a community-based, open source project that produces the DSpace repository platform. With a 16-year history, strong membership support, and active participation from a wide variety of stakeholder institutions located all over the world 2017-2018 was a year of progress toward the key community priority of developing and releasing DSpace 7 with a new, single Angular user interface and enhanced REST API.

The technical roadmap for 2017 is focused on DSpace 7 development. As a production repository DSpace needs to meet the needs of large and small stakeholder institutions, so minor updates have been released as needed. At the same time the bulk of technical efforts were focused on DSpace 7 which included a great deal of groundwork and foundation support for the new REST API. Plans for a Beta release of DSpace 7 with support for entities are on track for early 2019.

Building and sustaining a strong community is a central goal for the DSpace Project. To this end, training webinars and user group meetings were offered throughout the year; see the complete list in the Events section at the end of the report for details.

Your feedback is welcome. Please send comments and suggestions to Carol Minton Morris cmmorris@duraspace.org.