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To contribute to the improvement of the default DSpace 7 theme, 4Science has created this page to share and show the work needed in terms of design and information architecture requirements. In particular our work will be focused on :

  • provide a general proposal for the default DSpace 7 default theme
  • provide proposals to better present DSpace 7 key pages :
    • item page (default, publication, person, project, orgunit, journal)
    • community page
    • collection page
    • search page
  • standardize the different functionalities of dspace in order to use the same approach in the use of the various UI components – e.g., menus, buttons, colors
  • finalize different proposals for visualize and include other information/components in the home page such as:

    •  facets (including the option to use a facet as big count - such as the entity types or the dc.type)

    • tag

all the components should be easily enabled or disabled to allow the institution to keep the ones that make more sense for its repository

General theme proposal

Here two similar examples for the DSpace 7 home page using the new proposed theme

The idea is to allow the institution to show more information about the repository, for this reason we have  :

  • added some boxes to highlight some statistics like views, downloads and items
  • thought of a carousel to scroll through the news
  • thought of show the top communities in a more appealing way
  • added two widgets to show the recent submissions and the most viewed

Here an example of the home page without new components

Here some examples of a theme using a lighter color :

Here some examples using a footer without any additional components :


Here an example of how the item page could appear

Here an example of how the Person item page could appear

Here an example of how the Journal item page could appear

Compare to Preview Release's "Mantis" theme