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The first open-source release of DSpace-CRIS was based on DSpace 1.8.2. Current releases of DSpace-CRIS are based on current DSpace 7ones.6.1.

titleCurrent release

The latest release is DSpace-CRIS 7 2023.02.04 dated May, 31st 2024 2024, based on DSpace 7.6.1.

This version provides minor improvements and bug fixing.

For previous DSpace-CRIS versions the latest available tags are 5.11 and 6.4 both released on the August, 30th 2022 just after the release of the corresponding DSpace 5.11 and 6.4 and/or 5.11.  Please note that all the DSpace-CRIS versions based on DSpace versions older than 7.0 are End of Life (EOL) according to the corresponding DSpace community announcement: Support for DSpace 5 and 6 is ending in 2023

Below there is a detailed release plan covering all the known features contributed by 4Science and other community members who support the enhancement of this open-source extension of DSpace (see: DSpace-CRIS Working Group). 

A visit to the community page maintained by DSpace-CRIS users is also recommended:

New functionalities are only developed for the next version of DSpace-CRIS 7.

Versioning & support model

Starting from DSpace-CRIS 7 the project has adopted its own versioning model to assure ensure accurate tagging and tracking of the changes across the different releases. Version numbers will use the following schema year.major.minor. The major number will reset to 01 each year, minor numbers start from 00, for example 2021.01.00, 2021.01.01, 2021.02.00, 2022.01.00, etc.

  • Minor versions are expected to be easier to upgrade to, REST API is guaranteed to be backward compatible;
  • Major versions are used to highlight important functional or breaking changes. The changelog will highlight the highlights new features and configurations, the configuration and REST API changes and the version of the plain DSpace that is used as basis;
  • Year versions are assumed to be major. Minor versions related to the previous year can still occur for security fixand bug fixes.

The latest version is actively maintained by 4Science and community members as volunteer work. Support for past versions will be based on availability of resources and funding from the community. Security fixes will be brought to the current version and the previous major if the current version is a new one (i.e. minor = 00). For example if version 2021.02.00 is the current one, security fixes will be released for both 2021 major 01 and 02, i.e. version 2021.01.01 and 2021.02.01 will be released. Once version 2021.02.01 will be out, security further fixes will come as 2021.02.02.

DSpace-CRIS and DSpace releases are independent, the . The plain DSpace version used as basis for a DSpace-CRIS version will be noted in the changelog . Butbut, whenever appropriate, it will be possible to release an official DSpace-CRIS version based on a DSpace unreleased version (as it was the case for the first DSpace-CRIS 7.0 release). In such situations, the DSpace-CRIS development team will have reviewed the known issues in DSpace and provided custom remediation, workarounds or alternative functionalities to support the relevant use cases. Some limitations can also be acceptable and just noted in the release notes as they may impact edge scenarios or a limited users' base.