Collaborating to Support Greater Visibility and Discoverability of Open Scholarship – DSpace 5 & 6 Extension now Available to Support ORCID and New OpenAIRE Guidelines

Wednesday, May 20, 2020. – The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) is pleased to announce the availability of a plug-in to support new OpenAIRE guidelines in DSpace 5 & 6. The plug-in, developed by 4Science, a Certified Partner of DSpace, enables institutions using DSpace 5 & 6 to support OpenAIRE Guidelines for Literature Repositories, Version 4.

Comprehensive, interoperable metadata is an important aspect for discovery and to support other value added services for repositories. As such, several regional repository networks including Europe, Latin America and Canada have agreed to adopt OpenAIRE metadata guidelines in order to align the metadata across their networks and include ORCID for authors’ identification. The adoption of OpenAIRE metadata guidelines is also recommended for repositories that are complying with Plan S.

This development is part of an international collaboration between OpenAIRE, CARL and the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) to improve discovery and tracking of Canadian research outputs. The work on this plug-in was led by Queen’s University, and funded by several Canadian research libraries: Queen’s University, Université de Montréal, Université Laval, University of British Columbia, University of Saskatchewan, Victoria Island University, and York University.

Given the widespread use of the DSpace platform, this extension will support international interoperability, and enable hundreds of repositories around the world to contribute to network services such as OpenAIRE and LA Referencia. The code is now being tested and available for download and implementation locally for early adopters and is under consideration for integration as a feature in a future release of DSpace.

The complete code for version 5 is available here:

The complete code for version 6 is available here:

Using this code, no extra effort is required other than building and deploying the new version.

The documentation is available at:

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