Please note that this page describes work in progress.  The final solution could differ a lot from what is described here.


Before DSpace 7 two main files were used to configure the submission process:

There were also some configurations scattered through the config/dspace.cfg file.

With the switch to DSpace 7 we have decided to revise the concept behind the submission process.  As we want to provide a RESTful application and a single-page UI experience (Angular), we don't want to enforce any more the concept of multi-steps wizard in the submission. For such reason we are replacing "Steps" and "Pages" in the above files with a more abstract concept of "section" that will be rendered by the UIs built on top of the REST API in various ways: as panels in the default proposal for the angular UI, or maybe as tabs or subsequent pages in custom UIs.

Moreover, we will try to rationalize the additional configurations, migrating them to self-contained files.

The config/item-submission.xml

The high-level structure is unchanged.  The main differences are:

As each page of the old input-forms now has become a separate "step" in the item-submission.xml, the item-submission.xml file now manages which metadata are available when a submission is done in a specific collection via the submission-map.

The config/input-forms.xml (now config/submission-forms.xml)

To reflect the big changes in this file's structure and purpose we have renamed the file to submission-forms.xml.

At the highest level the changes are:

The value-pairs element now automatically defines authorities when the value-pair is referenced by a form > fields > field > input-type without the need to manually register the authority in the dspace.cfg.

By default a new form named bitstream-metadata has been introduced. It configures the metadata requested for a bitstream during the submission.  See the section about the new access-conditions.xml file below.

The configuration previously in config/dspace.cfg

The following configurations have been moved to the new access-conditions.xml.  See the corresponding section.

NEW: config/spring/api/access-conditions.xml

With the PR https://github.com/DSpace/DSpace/pull/1889 a new configuration file will be introduced. It is a Spring bean configuration file named access-conditions.xml.  This is used to configure the options to present in the upload section. Such configuration is exposed over the new REST API in the /config/submissionuploads endpoint.

The file has the following structure:

Each upload configuration allows to configure which metadata are requested to describe the bitstreams using the name assigned to the specific form configuration in the submission-form.xml. This mean that it is now possible to take full advantage of the metadata support at the bitstream level. A maxSize and required property can be also configured to specify the limit in bytes for file upload and if at least one file is required or not.

Moreover, it defines the list of acceptable access policies using the options list property, supporting the functionalities previously provided by the UploadWithEmbargoStep.  This is a list of AccessConditionOption beans, each describing a ResourcePolicy which will be created during submission.

An empty list or null value for the options attribute means that the upload step doesn't allow the user to set a policy for the file. The file will get only the policies inherited from the collection according to the previous behavior of the UploadStep.

An AccessConditionOption is defined by the following properties:

The expression language used in startDateLimit and endDateLimit is the Date Math language used by Solr.

This new configuration allows us to simplify the presentation of pre-set options to the user such as access through the university network, embargoed, etc. and to offer new opportunities such as lease and temporal access.

JIRA Issues & PRs related with these changes

https://github.com/DSpace/DSpace/pull/1852 (merged)

https://github.com/DSpace/Rest7Contract/pull/11 (merged)

https://github.com/DSpace/DSpace/pull/1929 (merged)

https://github.com/DSpace/Rest7Contract/pull/16 (merged)