Charge of the DSpace Community Advisory Team (DCAT)
The DSpace Community Advisory Team (DCAT) represents the interests of repository managers and administrators across the globe and, indirectly, DSpace end users. DCAT is a permanent Working Group that advises other DSpace project governance and leadership groups (e.g., DSpace Steering Group). The Team solicits feedback through community-wide discussions, surveys, etc. to help ensure future software releases address the needs of the community. DCAT submits an annual report to the DSpace Steering group that makes the report public after review.
A specific area of focus for DCAT is defined annually by DCAT and the Steering Group.
DCAT members are primarily individuals who function as DSpace repository managers at their institution. Members have an interest in advancing the development of the DSpace software and expanding the DSpace user community. DCAT aims to have global representation in order to provide broad support to the DSpace user community. DCAT members generally devote approximately 5-10 hours per month to the Team.
The DCAT Chair is responsible for facilitating the Team. This includes:
Building consensus among Team members to set the group’s priorities
Establishing meeting agendas and running meetings
Reporting and communicating results of these meetings
Serving as an ex-officio non-voting member of the DSpace Leadership Group
Establishing sub-teams to work on various projects
DCAT Meeting Frequency
DCAT holds open monthly teleconference meetings. The DCAT Chair distributes the agenda at least one week in advance.
For more information and meeting notes visit DCAT Meeting Notes.
Regular DCAT Member Activities
Most of the DCAT members partake in these regular activities:
Contribute to recommendations for the DSpace Steering Group and other leadership and working groups on DCAT perspective and community feedback
Participate on DCAT projects requested by the DSpace Steering Group and other DSpace leadership and working groups
Champion particular feature requests or bug reports. This may include but is not limited to facilitating community-wide discussions on new feature requests, fleshing out minimum requirements and trying to identify potential a project team, interested stakeholders and developers.
Participate in mailing lists or discussion forums to share knowledge and best practices
Attend monthly DCAT teleconference
Other Possible DCAT Member Activities
Some DCAT members are engaged in additional activities:
Collaborate on projects, tools and resources, including the DSpace Documentation, which serve the community
Organize physical or virtual user group meetings
Attend the DSpace Committers meetings
Survey the DSpace community to solicit comments and suggestions on developments for the software (archived surveys)
Network regularly with other DSpace users locally and internationally
- Network regularly with the larger repository community, to stay abreast of initiatives and developments elsewhere from which DSpace could benefit.
Members of DCAT use a Google Group mailing list for their communications. Anyone from the community is welcome to join.
Current Members of the DSpace Community Advisory Team
Anne Lawrence - Virginia Tech
@Augustine Gitonga - Aga Khan University Hospital
Kimberly Chapman University of Arizona Libraries
Bharat Chaudhari - School Of Petroleum Management, Gandhinagar, India
Claire Bundy - BioMed Central
@Dibyendra Hyoju - Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya/eIFL.net
emilio lorenzo Arvo Consultores
Elin Stangeland - University of Oslo
Fede Federico Verlicchi - 4Science
Felicity A Dykas - University of Missouri
Fredrick Odongo Okite Uganda Christian University
Iryna Kuchma - eIFL.net
James Evans - Biomed Central/Open Repository
James Holobetz University of Regina
Kathleen Schweitzberger - University of Missouri
Leonie Hayes - University of Auckland
Marianne Reed - University of Kansas Libraries
Mariya Maistrovskaya - University of Toronto
Maureen Walsh (Chair) - The Ohio State University Libraries
Melissa Anez LYRASIS
Narendra Kumar - DSquare Technologies
Pauline Ward - University of Edinburgh, Data Library
Philip Young - Virginia Tech
Pierre Lasou - Université Laval, Quebec, Canada
@Roger Weaver - University of Missouri
Sadie Roosa - MIT
Sarah Molloy - Queen Mary, University of London
Steve Van Tuyl - Oregon State University Libraries & Press
Susan Wells Parham - Georgia Tech
Suzanne Chase - Georgetown University Library
Ying Jin Rice University
DCAT is a reconstituted version of its predecessor, the DSpace Global Outreach Committee.
For more information about DCAT, please contact the chair, Maureen Walsh. Any question or comment is also welcome on the open mailing list.
Terrence W Brady
As a follow up to the 10/14 discussion, I would like to propose a future meeting topic. I would like to hear how other institutions manage test data and test instances of DSpace. Every few months, we overwrite our test instances with production data. I would like to find a more systematic approach to managing and refreshing test systems. Currently, we restrict access to our test instances to our university community. I am curious to know if other institutions have made their test instances publicly available.
That sounds good. Our test environment is described in "How We Went from Worst Practices to Good Practices, and Became Happier in the Process", http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/11398.