[Duraspace] Fwd: [Dspace-general] DSpace-CRIS, new release available

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Thu Jun 27 10:45:09 SAST 2013


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From: Andrea Bollini <a.bollini at cineca.it>
Date: 27 June 2013 10:14
Subject: [Dspace-general] DSpace-CRIS, new release available
To: General List <dspace-general at lists.sourceforge.net>, dspace-tech <
dspace-tech at lists.sourceforge.net>

***apologies for cross-posting***

CINECA[1] and the University of Hong Kong (HKU)[2] are pleased to
announce the immediate availability for download of a new release of the
DSpace CRIS module:


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 & 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

This new release is a step forward to CERIF compliance


that is scheduled for the next release. The updated DSpace CRIS Roadmap
can be found here:


This is the version upon which the HKU Scholar Hub http://hub.hku.hk is
built. It is tagged as a beta mainly due to poor documentation and the
presence of areas of code and database that are still under development.

In this new release some exciting features of the HKU Hub are included,
such as:
- PubMed integration
- statistics visualization and alert (via email & RSS)
- network graph visualization & analysis
- management of researcher's preference to make a selected list (or
hide) publications, projects, etc, self-made by researcher, or by staff
- SOAP webservices to access data (read-only)

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.

The code has been updated to work with SOLR 4.1, this allows the use of
SOLR join to make interesting statistics analysis grouping 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 will make 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 lists.sourceforge.net).

We invite all the interested parties to get in touch with us. The next
Open Repository meeting will be a nice opportunity to talk face-to-face
about DSpace-CRIS. There are no scheduled presentations about
DSpace-CRIS, so just look around to find me and talk directly with me.

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.

A note on mailing list etiquette:

Our open regards to all,

[1] http://www.cineca.it/. 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.

[2] http://www.hku.hk/

Andrea Bollini
Dipartimento Servizi e Soluzioni per l'Amministrazione Universitaria
Divisione Ricerca

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