From Michele Mennielli, International Business Developer, 4Science

You might read this news while attending the 2017 Open repository Conference in Brisbane. If that is the case, you will have the chance to discuss information in this article with us at the venue. 4Science is sponsoring the event, we have a booth at the exhibit hall, and we will be speaking at many sessions!

We’re excited to share a lot of important news with you:

1) The Hasselt University selected 4Science through an international bid aimed at updating their repository and introducing innovative functionalities to simplify the management and the archiving process.

Over the past 10 years, Document Server, Hasselt University’s repository, has become an invaluable tool for managing the university’s publication output.

The new Document Server requirements are oriented on workflow improvement and on creating a modern user-friendly interface for publications submission and with extra functionalities (e.g.: statistics download, item selection/basket export, etc.). There will be a direct data integration from Web of Science, JCR and/or similar databases and a better use of ORCiD and its functionalities.

Thanks to this project, 4Science will be able to share with the whole DSpace Community the important enhancements resulting from the collaboration with the Hasselt University. We are indeed working on the same technologies chosen for DSpace 7 – both by the REST API and the Angular UI Working Groups – so to be able to strengthen our contribution to the Community while working on a specific customization. This will allow us to implement the Submission and the Workflow processes following the roadmap and the desiderata of DSpace 7, and to propose them for inclusion into the new DSpace release.

Additionally, we will also work to enhance the front-end of the solution and, as requested, we will use part of the recently released DSpace-CRIS 6.x code. Once again, our final goal is to create added value for the whole community, in this specific case making available the functionalities resulting from the DSpace-CRIS code as pluggable extensions of DSpace 7.

2) We just released the 6 RC version of DSpace-CRIS built on top of the upcoming DSpace JSPUI 6.1 and the new version ofDSpace-CKAN, a DSpace(-CRIS) add-on module.

We kindly invite all of you to work on it and provide tests for this version in order for us to solve any critical issue before the final release, which is expected to be shortly after the official release of DSpace 6.1 (see DSpace 6.1 Status).

The testdrive website we run has been updated with the latest available code of DSpace-CRIS and the DSpace-CKAN integration module and you can find it here:

The release, which is the first one on the 6 version, includes all the fixes that will also be available in DSpace JSPUI 6.1. This release comes with several new features and improvements, such as:

  • The CORE Recommender Engine integration: Display documents that are semantically similar. Powered by CORE. You can take a look at our example here:

  • Authority Lookup based on Getty Vocabularies: For more information about Getty Vocabularies please check; DSpace-CRIS implementation involves both the “Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names Online” and “The Union List of Artist Names” (ULAN)

  • Authority Lookup based on Viaf service: The VIAF® (Virtual International Authority File) combines multiple name authority files into a single OCLC-hosted name authority service. More info at

  • Import ORCiD publications via Submission Data Loader: During the submission process, users can choose an ORCiD and check which publication to import

  • Cookies Policy Popup: this feature allows easy compliance with the EU legislation on cookies

  • Other minor improvements: it’s now possible to clean Solr statistics entries via WebUI; to upgrade Hibernate and Spring to the minor version; we have improved the automatic calculation of derived metrics and the creation of CRIS objects as part of the submission process

  • Other minor fixes: the out-of-box DSpace OAI Harvesting in DSpace-CRIS; the DSpace-CRIS SOAP web-services; the DSpace-CRIS Network when users try to show many graphs

The other important news is the update of the DSpace-CKAN Integration module that now works with the new version. DSpace-CKAN allows an in-depth integration between DSpace and CKAN. Tabular data (CSV, XLS, etc.) are deposited in a CKAN instance through a curation task. The preview of the dataset content is provided by DSpace, which serves as a proxy for the CKAN Datastore API respecting the defined access conditions (Open Access, embargo, etc.). The dataset preview allows filtering, pagination and sorting and, in addition to that, all the operation are performed on the server side so to save bandwidth overload. An example is available here:

A special thanks to Andrea Pascarelli, DSpace Committer and lead Engineer at 4Science, who put a lot of effort on this new release and made it it possible!

3) On July 10 we will deliver the webinar “DSpace-CRIS: How to Bring Repositories and CRIS/RIMS Together” as a COAR Member-Only event. For more information and registration (by July 7), please visit

4) Last but not least, slides and recording of the latest presentations delivered by 4Science are now available.  The first one – “DSpace and IIIF” – was presented by our CTO Andrea Bollini during the 2017 IIIF Conference in The Vatican. Over 200 people attended the conference from all over the world and we had the opportunity to share with them our new add-on for the DSpace platform, the “IIIF Image Viewer”. Besides the slides, you can find more information about how the add-on works on our website and you can also “play” with it using a demo space we made available online.

The second one was the DuraSpace hosted Webinar “Dspace-CRIS: how it works and how to leverage it”. The Webinar was intended to share with the DSpace Community the latest news about DSpace-CRIS and some of its best use cases from institutions around the world.


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