Even the last days of the year are very demanding for 4Science. In these days we are in Africa to support VLIR-UOS (http://www.vliruos.be/en). VLIR-UOS is a Flemish initiative that supports partnerships between universities in Flanders (Belgium) and in developing countries, looking for innovative responses to global and local challenges.
DSpace-CRIS is still evolving and you will find some improvements on the stable maintenance branch for both versions 5 and 6. The most relevant are:
- switch to the ORCID v2 API, now also in the 6 branch;
- updated support to the signposting patterns;
- sync of the undergoing fix towards dspace 6.3.
In November, the Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Portal has been launched. The portal has been developed with DSpace-CRIS by 4Science and it harvests and collects data from Institutional Repositories of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region (Italy).
The report: Behaviours and Technical Recommendations of the COAR Next Generation Repositories Working Group is now available, expressing the vision that repositories create the conditions whereby a greater diversity of contributions to the scholarly record will be accessible. We are proud to be part of this collaborative effort through the participation of our CTIO and DSpace Committer Andrea Bollini, contributing to make DSpace stay relevant in the scholarly communication ecosystem.
4Science is pleased to announce that we have joined, as first participant, the Certified DuraCloud Partner Program with DuraSpace. This partnership will facilitate delivery of DuraCloud digital preservation and content storage services in Europe, offering cloud-hosted services and application support in additional time zones and languages. At 4Science, we are very pleased to help DuraSpace offering this service outside the U.S.A. and we are convinced that long-term digital preservation is a fundamental need both for the research and cultural heritage ecosystems.
There is a growing interest around our open-source solutions based on DSpace, with more and more institutions adopting them worldwide. Dspace-CRIS is the only free open-source CRIS available, also covering the role of the IR and making a CRIS project sustainable.