DSpace 7 brings to DSpace a single, modern user interface and REST API and integrates current technological standards and best practices. This new UI combines with the existing core backend of DSpace 6, resulting in a lean, responsive, next-generation repository.
The preview release provides a first look at many of the new features that make DSpace 7 the largest development effort in the history of the software:
New Angular UI that is modern, responsive, and built using a Bootstrap theme for easy customization. See demo site at https://demo7.dspace.org/
A completely redesigned REST API that is self-documenting and human browsable. See demo site at https://api7.dspace.org/server/
Redesigned submissions and workflows featuring a one page submission process with a drag-and-drop interface and newly redesigned MyDSpace.
Configurable entities, an optional new item type inspired by the DSpace-CRIS project that allows for complex linked relationships between items. DSpace 7 will include the option to implement this feature for two use cases popular with the DSpace community:
Journal Hierarchy: create and link objects for a Journal, Volume, Issue, Article, and Author
Faculty & Organizational Units: a lightweight, CRIS-like option to represent Projects, Faculty, Department/Unit, Publication, etc.
A deep-dive into Configurable Entities can be found in the DSpace 7 Configurable Entities early documentation (Google Doc)
Configurable entities help to better align DSpace with Next Generation Repository recommendations related to Identifiers as well as alignment with OpenAIRE v4.
DSpace 7 builds on DSpace 6 to create a modern and future-focused repository. The backend restructuring from DSpace 6 is retained and combined with the features above to create a powerful repository designed to address current user needs and plan for future standards.
DSpace 7 is the first version of DSpace to be developed using test-driven development practices designed to identify and address issues earlier in the development process and lead to more stable releases. It is also the first release to use a working group model for decisions related to design and development.
See the DSpace 7 Release Notes for more information on this release.