Tutorial 6A: DSpace 1.5: Moving towards the DSpace of the future
DSpace 1.5 represents a big step towards the future of DSpace software.
Are you still trying to wrap your mind around 1.5 or wanting to ready
yourself for an upgrade? Get a better understanding of the new DSpace
1.5 architecture, features and configurations! Learn how to take advantage
of the Configurable Submission system, the Configurable Browse system,
Manakin and many other new features. Even if you are familiar with past
versions of DSpace, you’ll want to brush up on these new features
in order to get the most out of DSpace 1.5. If you’re newer to
DSpace, this tutorial can still give you a better understanding of the
improvements that have gone into DSpace 1.5, and the roadmap for the
future. Although this tutorial may touch on pre-1.5 DSpace features,
it will concentrate on those newly available in 1.5. This introductory
tutorial assumes some general knowledge of DSpace or Java. Familiarity
with basic Unix commands, HTML and XML is recommended, though not required.
- Understand new features available in DSpace 1.5, and the basics of
configuring and using them.
- Understand newly available DSpace 1.5 web interfaces
- Get a basic understanding of Maven and new DSpace architecture
- Learn about the upgrade process and how to plan for it
- Know where to go to modify specific aspects of a DSpace 1.5 installation
- Understand DSpace 1.5 “overlays” and how to perform basic
customizations of your DSpace site
- Understand why the DSpace community is important, and how to give
- Learn where to go for more information or help when working with
- Learn the differences between the JSP user interface and the new
Manakin XMLbased interface, and how to make an informed decision between
Librarians and staff planning or running DSpace installations who want
a better understanding of the new 1.5 release. The tutorial concentrates
on those already familiar with DSpace, and potentially even running
DSpace 1.4.x (or earlier).
Level of Experience:
Introductory to intermediate-level. Basic Unix, HTML and XML familiarity
is useful, though not required. No Java, JSP, or CSS knowledge is assumed.
Tim Donohue is the Technology Lead for IDEALS (http://ideals.uiuc.edu),
the digital repository for the scholarship and research taking place at
the University of Illinois. In 2006, he was appointed a Code Committer
for DSpace open source software. He received his Masters in Library & Information
Science from U of I in 2005. Along with colleagues Dorothea Salo and Scott
Phillips, Tim has taught several “Making DSpace Your Own” tutorials,
including those at JCDL'06 and JCDL'07.