The  Hasselt University selected 4Science through an international bid aimed at updating their repository and introducing innovative functionalities to simplify the management and the archiving process.
Over the past 10 years,  Document Server, Hasselt University’s repository, has become an invaluable tool for managing the university’s publication output. It contains essential information to support the Research Coordination Office in the development of its research policy.  Since 2009, Hasselt University has been using version 1.7.2. With the support of the IT department, that version was further expanded  and, even with limited resources, DSpace was upgraded to meet the requirements of the various departments.

The new Document Server requirements are oriented on workflow improvement and on creating:

– a modern user-friendly interface for publications submission, together with functionalities for self-extracting metadata and automatizing   “authority control”
– a modern user interface with extra functionalities (statistics download, item selection/basket export )
– options for extended metadata improvements: duplicate detection and record integration
–  direct data integration from Web of Science, JCR and/or similar databases: citations, impact factors, etc
– better use of ORCiD and its functionalities

Thanks to this project, 4Science will be able to share with the whole DSpace Community the important enhancements resulting from the collaboration with the Hasselt University.

Indeed we agreed to work on the technologies chosen for DSpace 7 – both by the REST API and the Angular UI Working Groups – so to be able to strengthen our contribution to the Community while working on a specific customisation. This will allow us to implement the Submission and the Workflow processes following the roadmap and the desiderata of DSpace 7, and to propose them for inclusion into the new DSpace release.
In addition, we will also work to enhance the front-end of the solution and, as requested, we will use part of the recently released DSpace-CRIS 6.x code. Once again, our final goal is to create added value for the whole community, in this specific case making available the functionalities resulting from the DSpace-CRIS code as pluggable extensions of DSpace 7.