About WebMVC (Freemarker) UI
WebMVC is new user interface for DSpace built on top of Spring's WebMVC framework. The goals of the project is to write the user interface in a clean technical implementation, with business logic removed from the presentation layer.
At the presentation/view layer, any number of technologies could have been used including JSP's, however the current implementation in the WebMVC project is to use Freemarker, a templating language.
It has extensive theme support, and allows different themes to be applied to different areas of a repository.
Development is ongoing, and as an open project, it could always use assistance. Fork this project on GitHub, and start contributing today: https://github.com/DSpace/webmvc
Issue tracking will be done in GitHub Issues.
The old Jira issue tracker for this project is still up, but we are no longer adding issues there: https://jira.duraspace.org/browse/DWMVC
This project also has its own GSoC 2011 Student Project: GSoC 2011 - DSpace WebMVC
WebMVC is a module add-on to DSpace. The instructions below will guide you how to check out a stable release of DSpace, and alter it so that it references the WebMVC project into its build process.
Checkout the source code.
Edit ~/project-webmvc/dspace/pom.xml and add an entry for webmvc.
Compile everything, and add the war for freemarkerui to Tomcat
Test it out in your browser
Some examples, of what is currently available.
Community and Collection list.
Screenshot of browse results.
Additionally, WebMVC has multiple themes (Mirage and Kubrick), the default theme is Oasis.