[EIFLoa] Fwd: Call for new DSpace Community Advisory Team members
iryna.kuchma at eifl.net
Thu Feb 10 16:20:45 EET 2011
[Forwarded message from Valorie Hollister]
Dear DSpace Community -
Would you like to get involved in the new feature development process for
DSpace? Would you like to learn more about the DSpace release process? Would
you like to expand your network and connections in the DSpace community?
The DSpace Community Advisory Team (DCAT) is currently seeking new members
from the DSpace user community.
The primary goals of DCAT is to help review and facilitate community-wide
discussions about new feature requests and to provide support to the DSpace
Committer group in producing software releases.
The main activities of DCAT are:
- Review JIRA new feature requests, provide draft of recommendations and
lead DCAT discussion on the request
- Provide feedback in JIRA about specific new feature requests
- Facilitate community-wide discussions on selected new feature requests
- flesh out minimum requirements and potential project team / stakeholders
- Attend monthly DCAT teleconferences
- Collaborate on other project, tools, resources which serve the
- Help to organize user group meetings
- Network regularly with other DSpace users in country/region
- Participate in mailing lists or discussion forums to share knowledge
and best practices
- Periodically attend the weekly DSpace Committers meetings
DCAT members will help develop and refine priorities as necessary.
Estimated time for each team member is around 5-10 hours a month.
Most of the DCAT work takes place outside of the monthly meeting -- so
members who are unable to attend the meeting regularly can still contribute
significantly to the DCAT efforts. The team meets on the 1st Tuesday of
every month via a conference call, alternating times every month between
9:00am Eastern/14:00 GMT or 3:00pm Eastern/20:00 GMT to accommodate those in
different time zones. The purpose of the meeting is primarily to share
news/information and refine our review process.
DCAT members are volunteers from the world-wide DSpace user community.
Members will be primarily made up of individuals who function as DSpace
repository managers at their institution and have an interest in advancing
the DSpace software, developing resources/tools for DSpace users and as well
as expanding the user community network world-wide. The team aims to have
representatives from variety of countries/regions in order to provide broad
support the DSpace user community.
For more information about DCAT, please see the message below or visit the
Please feel free to contact me directly if you are interested in learning
more or if you would like to become a member of DCAT.
Best regards -
Director of Community Programs
vhollister at duraspace.org
Begin forwarded message:
*From: *Valorie Hollister <vhollister at duraspace.org>
*Date: *January 26, 2011 4:44:16 PM EST
*To: *dspace-general at lists.sourceforge.net,
dspace-tech at lists.sourceforge.net
*Subject: **Meeting Needs: New DSpace Open Source Feature Review Process*
Apologies for the cross-posting -
Ithaca, NY* Many in the DSpace community are aware of the DSpace Global
efforts over the past few years. With the guidance and support of the
DuraSpace organization, the DGOC has developed several resources for the
community. Most recently the launch of the monthly
last week by Alice Platt, was designed by DGOC member Ronee Francis. The
most notably DGOC project was the expanded user
which provides a browse/search of the DSpace user community database based
on various criteria. The DGOC has also helped to pull together some of the
large DSpace user group meetings. For more about the DGOC accomplishments,
you can visit their wiki
*Development Proccess Proposals *
Last summer in collaboration with the DSpace Committers, the DGOC authored a
proposal for a new community group that would have more direct involvement
with the DSpace development process. As agreed to by the Committers, the
goal of the new group would be to
1) Provide the community an opportunity to have direct input on new features
in future DSpace releases
2) Provide support to the Committer group in producing releases
More information about the various proposals are available on the
Over the past few months the DGOC has been working on behalf of the
community and the Committers to design a process to facilitate the above
goals. In this effort, it became clear that while the DGOC's previous
activities centered around community resource development, that the biggest
need in the community was helping to facilitate the development process. As
a result, rather than start another seperate project group, the DGOC, in
consultation with the Committers, has decided to reconstitute itself into
the new group, called the DSpace Community Advisory
DCAT started this month reviewing new feature requests from the DSpace
community issue/feature tracking tool,
The aim is to review all new feature requests in JIRA and facilitate
community-wide discussions on those requests that appear to have the
broadest appeal or would have the biggest impact for the community. Part of
the goal of the community discussion is not only to solicit more feedback
and gather specific requirements, but also to find project groups or
stakeholders who could work on the development of the features. You can see
the first few issues that have been reviewed by DCAT on the new wiki-based
DSpace discussion forum <https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/dsforum/Home>.
DCAT anticipates using this same wiki discussion forum for the
community-wide discussions and anyone in the community should feel free to
add their thoughts. Announcements and updates about the community
discussions will be posted regularly to the mailing lists. The community
should note that there is currently over 40 new feature requests in JIRA and
it will take the DCAT several months to optimize their review process and
get through the backlog.
While all the existing DGOC members will now serve on DCAT, the group would
very much welcome new members. The time commitment is minimal and most of
the work can be done asynchronously via email and wiki/JIRA postings. More
specifics about the member activities are on the
This is a great opportunity for non-developers to get involved with the
community and be a part of the development process. In an effort to
represent the breadth of the world-wide DSpace community, DCAT is
specifically interested in recruiting members from Europe and Asia.
*New Feature Request Process*
For anyone who would like to learn about how to make a new feature request
and what the general process is for new feature development, please visit
the wiki page <https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/DSPACE/HowToContribute> that
describes the process and provides helpful information and suggestions.
As always your feedback is welcomed! Please contact Valorie Hollister at
vhollister at duraspace.org if you are interested in getting involved with DCAT
or have any questions/feedback.
Director of Community Programs
vhollister at duraspace.org
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