Contribute to the DSpace Development Fund

The newly established DSpace Development Fund supports the development of new features prioritized by DSpace Governance. For a list of planned features see the fund wiki page.

Developers Meeting on Thurs, December 7, 2023


 from 15:00-16:00 UTC

Location: (Meeting ID: 502 527 3040).  Passcode: dspace

8.0 Release Schedule

  • New Feature Development Deadlines
    • Feature PR Creation Deadline: Friday, Jan 19, 2024
    • Feature PR Review/Test Deadline: Friday, Feb 9
    • Feature PR Merge Deadline: Friday, Feb 23
  • 8.0 Release Candidate:  Friday, March 1
  • 8.0 Testathon: March 4-15 (two weeks)
  • Bug Fix Deadlines
    • Bug Fix PR Creation Deadline: Friday, March 29
    • Bug Fix PR Merge Deadline: Friday, April 12
  • Documentation & Release Week: April 15-19 
  • 8.0 Release Announced: Monday, April 22, 2024


  • Discussion Topics If you have a topic you'd like to have added to the agenda, please just add it. 
    1. Open Repositories 2024. Proposals due on December 15.
      1. Wiki page to gather proposal ideas: DSpace at OR2024
      2. Possible Workshop ideas?
        1. Technical training workshop (similar to past). Training 7.x & 8.0
          1. Need for more Angular Training (Webinar / Online training)
        2. Andrea Bollini (4Science) had and idea about a "DSpace Developer Discussion" workshop. Talk about Technical Roadmap & upcoming work. Give updates on major projects/plans. 
      3. Other known workshops
        1. General Developer workshop (Kim) - not DSpace specific. Full day workshop
        2. DOIs in DSpace (by DataCite with Library Code & 4Science). 1/2 day workshop
      4. Presentation Proposals
        1. Migration to Entities/Relationships (Dev Track) - Library Code
        2. What is possible with Entities/Relationships (Demo oriented) - Library Code
    2. Developer Meetings in Dec/Jan.  Who will be around?
      1. Thurs, Dec 14 - Will have a meeting
      2. Thurs, Dec 21 - Will discuss in meeting on Dec 14
      3. Thurs, Dec 28 - CANCELLED (Tim Donohue  unavailable)
      4. Thurs, Jane 4 - CANCELLED (Tim Donohue  unavailable)
    3. 8.0 release topics
      1. Updates to the OpenAIRE Correction Service PR:  Ready for review & testing again.
    4. (Other topics?)
  • Board Review & assignments:
    • Backlog Board - Are there any tickets here stuck in the "Triage" column?  We'd like to keep this column as small as possible.
    • 7.6.1 Project Board - Assign new PRs to volunteers to code review and/or test.
    • 8.0 Project Board - Assign new PRs to volunteers to code review and/or test.
  • Upcoming Topics: (Let us know if there are topics you want to discuss in future weeks)


Current Work

Project Boards

To quickly find PRs assigned to you for review, visit  (This is also available in the GitHub header under "Pull Requests → Review Requests")

Goals for 8.0

This were decided by Steering in their meeting on June 28, 2023.

  1. Move forward major features which missed 7.x. 
    1. COAR Notify support (4Science & Harvard): 
      1. Development proposal page: Implementation of the COAR Notify protocol in DSpace 8
    2. OpenAIRE integration with notification broker/claim service (4Science)
    3. Porting "REST-Based Quality Control Reports" from old REST API to new one. (U of Laval, Canada)
    4. Duplicate Detection in Submission ported from DSpace-CRIS (The Library Code)
  2. Include new features which empower users in the admin UI.  Make things easier for Admins.
  3. Accepting community contributions of any 6.x features which missed 7.x
  4. Improve documentation, training to allow for greater community contributions.  (Ease setup/install/customization, etc.)
    1. Per DSpace 7 WG meeting on June 29, 2023, this may include dependency upgrades/maintenance (Angular, Spring, Solr, Tomcat, etc).  May also include necessary code updates/refactors to ease in ongoing maintenance. 
  5. Release Goal: April 2024
  6. In parallel to 8.0, proof of concepts / planning regarding modularization:
    1. Angular : library-based architecture proposal (4Science)
    2. DSpace Preservation-enabled Storage via OCFL (Lyrasis, post-8.0)

Goals for 7.6.1

  • Bug/security fixes only.  Release will occur when sufficient fixes have been made to warrant a release.
    • New "themeable components" (for dspace-angular) are allowed in bug fix releases, provided that they don't significantly modify component behavior or similar.
  • Fixes should have two Pull Requests (exceptions may be made for very small fixes)
    1. A PR against the "dspace-7_x" maintenance branch to apply to the next 7.6.x release.
    2. A PR against the "main" branch to fix this same bug for the 8.0 release.
    3. (NOTE: Once one PR is reviewed & approved, the other will be merged at the same time.)

Try "Pull Request Trading" for a quicker review

Do you have a PR stuck in "under review" that you really want to see move forward?  Or maybe it's someone else's PR but you want to get it more attention?

See Trading reviews on Pull Requests for how to get immediate attention to that PR!