Launch of ‘The DSpace Course’

This afternoon we (the JISC-funded Repositories Support Project) formally launched ‘The DSpace Course‘ – a creative commons licensed course for new DSpace repository administrators and developers.

There are currently 20 modules, and a Live CD that can be used for the training. The course is designed to be taught by a trainer, and used in a mix-and-match way so that courses can be designed around the attendees and their desired outcomes. Each module has a set of slides and a student workbook.

We’d be glad to receive any feedback on the course in order to improve it!

The press release says:

Today the JISC-funded Repositories Support Project ( have formally launched a modular training course for DSpace – “The DSpace Course“. The course materials have been published with a Creative Commons licence in order to facilitate their re-use.

The course is suitable for DSpace administrators and developers, with the choice of modules being dependent on the people taking the course. The course tutor can mix-and-match the modules to create a custom course. Each module comes with a set of PowerPoint slides, and an associated student workbook. The course has been successfully taught in the UK and Italy.

There are 20 modules in the course, with more modules due to be added soon. The modules include:

 – An Introduction to DSpace

 – How to Get Help

 – Repository Structure

 – Identifiers

 – DSpace Configuration

 – User management and authentication options

 – Metadata Input Customisation

 – Look and Feel Customisation

 – Language Customisation

 – Item Submission Workflows

 – Import and Export

 – Configuring LDAP

 – Upgrading from 1.4. to 1.5

In addition to the course materials the RSP has released a DSpace ‘Live CD’.

The CD allows any PC to be used as training machine with a copy of DSpace pre-installed, along with all of the files required to perform a new installation. 

The CD is inserted into a computer upon boot, and will load a live version of the DSpace software without installation to the hard drive. Upon completion of the training course, remove the CD and the normal operating system will be loaded upon restart of the PC. 

The course materials can be downloaded from:


The Live CD can be downloaded from:


The course has been written by Stuart Lewis (DSpace committer, developer and trainer), Chris Yates (DSpace developer, support provider and trainer) and has benefited from input by Claudia Jürgen (DSpace committer, developer and trainer).

For help and support, please direct all enquiries related to the course to

In addition, the support team may be able to put you in touch with suitable trainers who could teach the course in your area.

4 thoughts on “Launch of ‘The DSpace Course’

  1. Pradip

    I have installed Dspace 1.6.2.

    Now as a part of my study(project), i have to develop open source project in Ubuntu.

    I watn to develop Dspace Customization, add module, change user interfeace..

    SO please help me…

  2. Stuart Post author

    Hi Pradip,

    Try subscribing to the DSpace Development email list, and ask for help there. They may be able to suggest a project for you.


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