[IRTalk] Time to crowdfund? ORCiD/DSpace 5.5 integration

Leti Kleyn Leti.Kleyn at up.ac.za
Thu Sep 22 13:16:17 SAST 2016

Dear IRTalkers,

as you might well know by know, DSpace 5.5 and ORCiD does not seem to be a perfect match. Due to the (now new) authority control function on the author fields, ORCiD entries are listed as "new" entries creating duplicates on the system. 

Knowledgearc proposed a solution that will cost the community $2250.

Follow the discussion and please give me some advise. Time to put together some funds and have this development done? 


On 16 Sep 2016, at 4:03 PM, "Hayden Young" <hayden at knowledgearc.com> wrote:

Hi Leti

Michael and I have discussed this project and I have also discussed it with one of our Java developers and we think there is a solution to this multi-author problem.

The best approach will be to patch the DSpace 5.5 code and then your sysadmin can deploy the changes to your DSpace instance.

We estimate 3 days or $2250 to achieve this and can begin on this next week.




Dr Leti Kleyn
Manager: Open Scholarship & Digitisation Programmes
Department of Library Services 
Merensky Library Room 2.24.2
University of Pretoria
8 leti.kleyn at up.ac.za ) 012 420 3876

>>> Michael Guthrie <michael at knowledgearc.com> 2016/09/16 12:12 PM >>>

Hi Hilton, All 

And at the same time maintaining a close parallel to the main project, until such time as the main DSpace project comes up with a fix or solution.

Then we can port the fix to the new 'official' solution when that does finally come around, but as we all know, DSpace roadmaps tend to be delayed indefinitely. If this is an issue for other folks, then I am sure they will welcome the patch. It would not be our intention to stray very far at all from the DSpace main project, and be able to merge back as soon as the commiter group either ratifies the solution, or come up with a new fix.

Waiting on the Angular UI could literally take years. Considering there has been no activity on the project for over 3 months.

What do you think?



On Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 10:34 AM, Hayden Young <hayden at knowledgearc.com> wrote:

Hi Hilton

Have you worked with other repos that require this fix? If we can get it onto enough systems it is possible it would force DSpace to commit it to the upstream git. Alternatively we just host a public git of the patched code that people can use in their own projects.



On 16/09/16 15:52, Gibson, Hilton <hgibson at sun.ac.za> wrote:

Hi Hayden,

What you are proposing is feasible in theory, however will the community support your contribution.
Community support is the only thing that ensures the long term sustainability of an open source project.
So if you can get community support for it, then got for it.


Hilton Gibson
Stellenbosch University Library

From: Hayden Young <hayden at knowledgearc.com>
Sent: 15 September 2016 07:16 PM
To: Gibson, Hilton <hgibson at sun.ac.za>; Leti Kleyn; Michael Guthrie
Cc: Hilda Kriel; Wandi Tobosi
Subject: Re: [IRTalk] Cloud hosting of open access services, using open source software 
Hi Hilton

Thanks for the feedback.

I was thinking that even though the ORCID feature isn't implemented properly it may be possible to apply a fix to at least get ORCID working correctly in DSpace (I.e. work out the problem with the duplicate authors and get it displaying the correct information even if a bit of a hack is required). 

Therefore, I wanted to ask you whether it would be worth forking the DSpace github and applying the changes to the 5.x branch? We could then potentially push the changes back to the DSpace primary git and see if they will release it via a 5.6 patch. The aim would be to make the ORCID fix available to all 5.x repos.



On 15/09/16 19:29, Gibson, Hilton <hgibson at sun.ac.za> wrote:

Hi All,

As mentioned the ORCID feature was badly implemented on DSpace 5.5.
See: http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/Researcher_Identification/5.X/ORCID
There has been talk of using the CRIS from CINCEA as the ORCID plugin replacement.
However all of this hinges on the successful deployment of the new web user interface.
See: https://github.com/DSpace-Labs/angular2-ui-prototype
Once this is stable then it should be easy to add new functionality to DSpace.



Hilton Gibson
Stellenbosch University Library

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