From an email I sent out to the DSpace email lists today:
As you’ll have seen from recent emails, the DSpace community has now released version 1.5.2 of the DSpace software. It has many new features, some enhancements to current features, and some bug fixes. Many of you will also know that a small team of developers have been working on DSpace version 2.0 which will bring with it many essential architectural enhancements to ensure that DSpace continues to fulfil the needs of the user community over the coming years. DSpace 2.0 is likely to be released early in 2010.
In the mean time, the DSpace committers have decided to start working on DSpace version 1.6. By moving to 1.6 (rather than 1.5.3) we can add new features that require changes to underlying DSpace database. We can’t tell you just yet what new features will be in version 1.6 because we haven’t decided! And that is where you come in…
We’d like you to tell us which three features you would like to see in version 1.6. To help you do this, we have created an online survey at http://dspacesurvey.info/. We know nobody likes to be bombarded with surveys, so we’ve kept this one really short. In fact, it asks only one question:
“What should be in DSpace version 1.6?”
The survey has three boxes to enable you to tell us what your top three new features would be. We can then look at all the survey responses to help decide where we should devote our development effort. We’ll put all the commonly requested features into JIRA to enable further commenting and voting. As always, if you want to develop your own new features, we’d love to work with you to get those features included provided that they are in scope, or if you want to work with us on the new features that the community votes for, please get in touch! The DSpace community relies on developers donating their time and expertise to help improve the software. If you want to join in, get in touch at the dspace-devel email list.
But for now, what are you waiting for? Fill in the survey… http://dspacesurvey.info/
(Please complete the survey by the 28th of April as we’ll close it then)