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More Information / Background on DSpace 7

Background information on the DSpace 7 Release available at DSpace 7 UI Project Plain Language Summary.

More information, including some FAQs available at DSpace Release 7.0 Status

DSpace 7 Updates from OR2019

DSpace 7 had a large presence at OR2019 in Hamburg, Germany, including two workshops and seven major talks.

All the materials (slides, etc) and video recordings from OR2019 are available off the wiki page DSpace 7 at OR2019.  Please note that workshops were not recorded, but all materials (slides / code examples) are linked off that page.

Scope & Objectives

The goal of this working group, led by Tim Donohue, is to create a new, single User Interface (UI) for DSpace that implements all functionality currently available in JSPUI and XMLUI.  The UI will interact with DSpace core data through a completely new REST API to insure complete separation of the user layer from the data layer. This working group is split into two subteams: an Angular Subteam, led by Art Lowel (Atmire), which is concentrating on building a modern, responsive, client-side user interface using Angular and a REST API Subteam, led by Andrea Bollini (4Science), which is concentrating on building a new REST API based on state-of-art technologies, standards and best practices.


DSpace 7 Development Status

Latest, high level status of DSpace 7 development is captured in our DSpace 7 Project Boards. These boards are managed in GitHub.

Implementation of the User Interface and the REST API with code delivered on GitHub along with documentation on how to use, install, and extend the interface.

User Interface: Angular 10

REST API: Java 11

Angular UI resources

REST API resources

Training Resources


  • Code Contributions: Generally, our working group follows the documented DSpace Code Contribution Guidelines and Code Style Guide.
  • Join one of our weekly meetings (see below). Meetings tend to be hands-on, but we welcome newcomers.
  • Join our Slack channel(s) (see below).  We use Slack as a way to stay in touch each day (between our weekly meetings)
  • Developers are welcome to jump in and claim tickets for either Angular UI or REST API We maintain a list of easier tickets specifically for new developers to learn about the contribution process (If none of these tickets look interesting, or the list is getting small, please get in touch and we'll find an easy task for you to start with)

Meeting Times & Communication Channels

  • Meetings: We meet every week on Thurs (see schedule below), using the DSpace Zoom Meeting Room (using Slack as a backchannel).  Anyone is welcome to join these meetings.
  • Slack: Between meetings, we encourage usage of Slack to keep in touch and ask questions. If you have not yet joined the DSpace Slack, you may request an invite. All are welcome on Slack.
    • In Slack, we primarily use two channels:
      • #dev-sprint: For ongoing, day-to-day (between meetings) updates on DSpace 7 activities
      • #angular-ui : For DSpace 7 (Angular) UI updates, discussions and/or questions.
      • #rest-api : For DSpace 7 REST API updates, discussions and/or questions.
  • Email: We use standard DSpace lists to communicate updates, meetings, etc. We are primarily using dspace-devel (our developers mailing list) and Slack for these communications. Once we get further along, regular updates will also be announced on dspace-community (and other lists).

Next Meeting

Meetings are every Thursday (except where noted in agendas) from 14:00-15:00 UTC (10am-11am EDT) in (Meeting ID: 502 527 3040). Additional connection options (phone, etc) detailed at DSpace Meeting Room.

  • Agenda & Connection Information can be found in the meeting notes below.

Meeting Notes

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  1. I don't know if this is the right place for some installation notes, but I thought it is better to move it later than not to write it down at all.

    1. I moved the install notes to DSpace 7 - Angular UI Development , and added a section here titled "Development & Training Resources"