Well, the results of the recent DSpace 1.6 survey in which we asked the DSpace community to list the top three features they would like to see in version 1.6 have now been published. The results will probably come as no surprise, but here are the top three features:
- Better statistics
- An embargo facility
- Batch metadata editing
We have now assigned a ‘point person’ to each of these who will drive the process forward to decide how we go about achieving these goals. Obviously this is not an exhaustive list of features that will be in 1.6, but they will help to guide development efforts.
The full results of the survey can be seen in a ‘wordle’ at http://www.wordle.net/gallery/wrdl/794098/DSpace_1.6_survey_results
We will also be using Twitter (http://twitter.com/dspacetweets) and its RSS feeds (http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/37160113.rss) to provide updates on version 1.6 as they develop. This will be an interesting experiment to see if this proves a useful way of disseminating development activities as they occur.