A general information page giving a high-level overview of what DSpace is, and some ideas and pointers for implementing DSpace in your organisation.
Where you are right now!
A Wiki is a dynamic Web site that can easily be edited by anyone (yes, anyone). This makes it a great collaboration tool. The DSpace Wiki contains up-to-the-minute technical information about the DSpace platform, and what people around the world are doing with DSpace. If you're working with DSpace, please post what you're doing to the Wiki! You can also find out if others are doing or have done similar work!
Particularly useful pages on the Wiki:
*Main+Page – Most of the latest and greatest information can be found directly off the homepage. Check out the "DSpace Community" section for general information, the "Running DSpace" section for how to get started, and the "Developers" section for latest Developer news and a current roadmap.
*ContributionGuidelines – An evolving guide to developing code and documentation for contributing back to the DSpace community
*HowToContribute – Find out how to contribute to and participate in DSpace
*LessonsLearned – Learn from other DSpace teams and share lessons you learned about building a DSpace service.
The DSpace Jira system tracks bugs, feature requests and patches for current and future versions of DSpace. It also permits voting on those issues you are interested in, and registering to receive updates - if you create yourself an account.
There are currently two main sections in DSpace Jira:
We maintain a community sandbox at Google Code at http://code.google.com/p/dspace-sandbox/
Follow the instructions there for getting a google code account and requesting membership to the project.
Generally, the rules are such...
*Standard System Documentation *
DSpace System Documentation is included with each DSpace download. Look in the
folder once you unzip the download.
Documentation for recent versions of DSpace is also available online:
Finally, the latest DSpace System Documentation is browsable from Subversion.
Other formats and translations
Start with the DSpace System Documentation.
Platform and distribution-specific tips and guides can be found on the DSpace Installation page.
*DSpace how-to guide: tips and tricks for managing common DSpace chores (DSpace version 1.4.2 and Manakin 1.1) by Tim Donohue, Scott Phillips and Dorothea Salo - This short booklet is intended to introduce the common, non-obvious customization-related tasks for newcomers to DSpace administration. It has been written against the version 1.4.x of DSpace (1.4.2 specifically) and Manakin 1.x (1.1 specifically) . It's meant to be usable across all platforms (Linux, Windows, Mac). This booklet was a handout from the "Making DSpace Your Own" tutorial from JCDL 2007 taught by Tim Donohue and Scott Phillips. The full presentations and materials from this tutorial are also available from the DSpace Presentations page. Spanish translation by the University of León
*DSpace 1.4.1 Customization (by Claudia Jürgen) available at Eldorado, the institutional repository of the University of Dortmund. This is the English translation of a customization presentation held at the DSpace Workshop in Kassel (Germany) March 07. The presentation gives an overview to basic customization and configuration techniques and possibilities of DSpace 1.4.1. Thanx to Chris Yates of The University of Wales, Aberystwyth for proofreading it.
*DSpace how-to guide: tips and tricks for managing common DSpace chores (DSpace version 1.3.2) by Dorothea Salo and Tim Donohue, _also available at http://hdl.handle.net/1920/1045_ - This short booklet is intended to introduce the common, non-obvious customization-related tasks for newcomers to DSpace administration. It has been written against the current stable version 1.3.2 of DSpace. It's meant to be usable across all platforms (Linux, Windows, Mac). For even more information, the slides from their "Making DSpace Your Own" Tutorial at JCDL 2006 are available on the DSpace Presentations page. Spanish translation by the University of León
Instructions for New Admin This is a simple guide to print off for people who will start uploading documents to your instance of DSpace, by Shawna Sadler.
There are several public DSpace mailing lists you can join, depending on what your particular interest is.
While we hope that the community works together by using the above lists, some mailing lists enabling non-English speakers to participate are emerging. We strongly encourage people on those lists who speak English to liaise between them.
There are two dedicated DSpace IRC (internet relay chat) channels (i.e. "rooms") on the irc.freenode.net server:
If you do not have access to an IRC client, or are new to IRC, the following web interface is very easy way to get started:
For a list of IRC client software, see:
Many current Instant Messaging (IM) clients also support IRC. Here's a list of widely used software you can install that will allow you to connect to IRC: