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Weekly News Digest

March 4, 2010 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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DSpace 1.6 Is Now Available

The nonprofit DuraSpace organization ( announced the long-awaited release of DSpace 1.6, the turnkey open source application for managing and providing access to digital content used to create more than 800 repository instances worldwide. The release of DSpace 1.6 was led by Stuart Lewis, community release manager and IT Innovations analyst and developer at the University of Auckland Library. Lewis worked closely with DSpace developers, community members, and DuraSpace staff to make the best possible version of DSpace 1.6 publicly available.

Community-requested features in the new release include an enhanced statistics package that provides more information about how your repository is being used, an embargo facility so items can be kept dark for a period of time, and a batch metadata editing tool that can be used to change, add, find/replace metadata as well as facilitate mass moves, reorder values, or add new items in bulk. And there's more, such as authority control, which contains an integration with the Sherpa Romeo Service for publisher names, as well as the Library of Congress Name Service.

Other new features include the following:

  • Delegated administration
  • OpenSearch
  • Command launcher
  • OAI-PMH harvesting of items from remote repositories
  • Configurable OAI-PMH dublin core output
  • Move item functionality in XMLUI
  • If-Modified-Since/Last-Modified header support in XMLUI
  • Change to logging behavior to ensure better log retention and management
  • Update to the latest handle server library
  • Ability to perform batch imports and exports from zip files of items
  • New test scripts to test database and email settings
  • Ability to set legal jurisdiction in Creative Commons licensing

Download DSpace 1.6 at

Lewis has published a blog post explaining what key changes and improvements in DSpace 1.6 will mean for you. Read the post at

The February issue of the DSpace newsletter, NewSpace, features in-depth information about DSpace 1.6. Read the newsletter at

Source: DuraSpace

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