DSpace 1.8.0 can be downloaded immediately at either of the following locations:
DSpace 1.8.0 is a scheduled, "time-based" release. In order to decrease delays in releasing new features and increase transparency, the DSpace Developers have scheduled 1.8.0 in advance and are basing its features on what we are able to complete within that timeframe.
Scheduling releases benefits us all as it should decrease the delays in releasing new features, and increase the transparency of the development process. The DSpace Developers feel that these benefits will far outweigh the cost of potentially having fewer major features in a given DSpace release. We hope the DSpace Community will also realize the immediate benefits, which should allow them to receive new features more quickly, rather than potentially waiting years for the next major release of the software. The DSpace Developers hope to continue this trend of "time based" releases with all future releases.
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Changes to the DSpace 1.8 Upgrade / Configuration Process
DS-968 Configurable Reviewer Workflow
DS-749 Reordering of bitstreams.
DS-811 Ability to Withdraw/Reinstate/Delete Items in Bulk, via Batch Metadata Editing
For a list of all features/improvement/bugs released in 1.8.0, see the 1.8.0 Version History.