(Note: This is an unvetted early draft document for discussion only. Please do not distribute.)
Main DSpace 7 new feature as prioritized by the user community is the adoption of a new, single User Interface to replace the aging JSPUI and XMLUI.
The development team has focused on making changes to backend functionality–REST API design, best practices, and a framework to ensure a REST API that operates better with the Angular UI.
Recreating the functions and features of DSpace 6 in a single UI is the primary DSpace 7 goal while working closely with the community to collect use cases for future releases. DSpace 6 features an enhanced configuration system, enhanced file storage plugins, and new quality control / healthcheck reporting features (via REST API and via email). In addition, DSpace 6 has an eye on the future, with a major Java API refactor that adds support for both UUIDs and Hibernate in our database layer. Like its predecessor, DSpace 6 continues to strive to simplify your upgrade process by automatically updating your database to 6.x compatibility (from any prior DSpace version).
A simple summary and background information about the DSpace 7 project may be found here.
Key Features and Functionality of DSpace 7
Upgrade path Any previous version of DSpace may be upgraded to DSpace (7 T ot F and will there be upgrade documentation for supported versions of DSpace?)
General DSpace system documentation A functional overview of the system, is a good introduction to the capabilities of the system, and should be understandable for non-technical folk.
Authentication and Authorization
Exporting Content and Metadata
Ingesting Content and Metadata
Items and Metadata
Managing Community Hierarchy
Statistics and Metrics