Greetings to our esteemed community! We are delighted to bring you exciting updates on the development of cutting-edge connectors that are reshaping the landscape of DSpace repositories, thanks to the award of the OpenAIRE ELD and OpenAIRE ELD ADVANCE grants to 4Science in the EOSC-DIH framework 

A Legacy of Innovation: The Journey Thus Far 

As award winner of the ELD and ELD Advance grants (EOSC DIH Success Story: ELD-ADVANCE | EOSC-DIH), 4Science has made significant strides in advancing Open Science through the integration of new features into the DSpace-CRIS 7 platform. The development of connectors, such as the OpenAIRE Broker and the COAR Notify Protocol-based connector, represents a commitment to creating a global ecosystem where repositories actively engage with external sources for data enhancement and collaboration. 

ELD OpenAIRE, the pilot by 4Science, achieves refinement and improvement of the results of the previous OpenAIRE ELD project, targeting a deeper integration between OpenAIRE services and DSpace, the world’s most widely used repository technology, in its latest and most stable version 7.5 through one final phase.

The pilot benefits the entire research community and supporting Open Access and Open Science policies that are spreading throughout Europe and beyond, two services will be extended to DSpace repositories. The Data Correction (based on the OpenAIRE Notification Broker), to enrich repository data by exploiting the vast amount of information made available by OpenAIRE, and the Publication Claim (based on the OpenAIRE Graph), automatically discovering new content produced by the institution’s researchers in the OpenAIRE Graph, thus reducing the manual input from researchers.


  • MAXIMUM INTEGRATION OF SOLUTIONS: the two target services, Publication claim and Data Correction, now boast a new version that is more integrated with the valuable services provided by OpenAIRE.
  • MAXIMUM AGNOSTIC ADAPTABILITY TO OTHER PLATFORMS: The Correction service has now been improved so that it can be extended to other data providers in the future

DSpace-CRIS 7: Where Innovation Meets Practicality 

It’s important to note that these features developed under these grants are already in action, seamlessly integrated into DSpace-CRIS 7. Users have experienced the benefits of these connectors, receiving suggestions from OpenAIRE, empowering users with feedback mechanisms, thus reducing the manual input from researchers and paving the way for a richer, more interconnected repository experience. 

Looking Ahead to 2024: DSpace 8 Continues the Legacy with Quality Assurance new functionality 

Exciting times lie ahead as we anticipate the forthcoming release of DSpace 8 in 2024. The connectors that have proven invaluable in DSpace-CRIS 7 will be seamlessly integrated in to DSpace 8, amplifying the impact on data quality, collaboration, and user engagement. This evolution signifies a continued commitment from 4Science to push the boundaries of what’s possible in the realm of Open Science. 

What will you benefit from with these new features? 

1️⃣ A versatile connector based on the #COARNotify protocol, receiving insights from systems compatible with the protocol about peer review or related content in the repository. (COAR Notify Protocol: Home (

2️⃣ A connector #empowering #repository users to provide feedback on records, proposing corrective actions (currently withdrawal and reinstate).  

Join Us on the Journey of Open Science Advancements 

Let’s celebrate the collaborative spirit that drives Open Science initiatives. 4Science’s dedication, coupled with the support of the OpenAIRE ELD and ELD Advance grants, has paved the way for a new era of possibilities. 

Stay tuned for more updates, and let’s collectively contribute to a future where Open Science is not just a concept but a thriving reality, empowering researchers and enriching the global knowledge landscape. 

Thank you for being part of this transformative journey.