As you will have hopefully read in the publicity that has gone out – DSpace 1.6 is finally released! It has been 9 or 10 months in the making, has involved and benefited from a lot of input from dozens of developers, users, and testers, and contains some fantastic new features. It has been a privilege to co-ordinate the release, and I hope it proves a useful upgrade to current users, and a useful product to new users.
But progress waits for no one – the community is already thinking about what comes next! We’ve seen changes in the way development has taken place for 1.6 (see: ‘On DSpace Development‘) and we want to continue to innovate both in terms of the way development is steered, and how it takes place. We’ve got some ‘special meetings’ planned to look at this: how to manage releases and how to manage the release cycle. Exciting times. If you’ve got any interest in DSpace, keep an eye out for these meetings and join in. Associated with this is the call for more committers. If you’re interested in developing DSpace, read the call.
[A small errata from the DSpace newsletter: It states that the ability for item exports to take place via the user interfaces has been added in 1.6. This facility has been there since 1.5.1 and was written by Scott Philips. What has been added in 1.6 is the ability (making use of some of Scott’s code) for the command line version of the batch importer and exporter to handle zip files of multiple items. This means you can export multiple items to just one zip file, transfer the single file to a new server, and re-import it.]