DSpace-CRIS, originally developed by Cineca as a project funded by the Hong Kong University, is an open source extension of DSpace that includes functionality useful to users of CRIS systems. Two DSpace Committers, Andrea Bollini and Luigi Andrea Pascarelli, are also actively involved in the development and maintenance of DSpace-CRIS. This year, together with the rest of the team, they have moved to 4Science, committed to continue working on it. It is hoped that the features implemented in DSpace-CRIS might eventually qualify as contributions to DSpace’s enrichment and evolution.
This new DSpace-CRIS wiki space has been provided by Duraspace for the purpose of exposing the documentation in a useful, collaborative way to provoke discussion among DSpace and DSpace-CRIS users.
The DSpace-CRIS’ Vision: Publications are an important component of the research lifecycle: they create links between scholars and they support research administrators in the measurement and decision making processes. However there are many other equally important entities in the research ecosystem that need descriptions and tracking, such as projects, grants, patents, organization units, researcher profiles (people), etc. Integrating and contextualizing all these entities along with publications, creates great value for each of those entities in terms of visibility, discovery and the understanding of the complexity of the research domain. Nowadays, the most common definition for such integration is “Current Research Information System” (CRIS)
DSpace-CRIS enables the ingestion, storage, display and management of metadata and fulltext of all the above mentioned research entities. This module produces a smooth integration between native DSpace items (publications) and other CRIS entities. All entities can then be linked to each other using autocomplete/lookup functions in the submission/edit phase and/or the inter-navigation in visualizations.
Latest stable version of DSpace-CRIS: 5.6.1 released on 16th Nov 2016
it is recommended to use the latest code in the maintenance branch as it includes bug fixes and improvements. Since July 2016 the code is maintained by the original developers in the 4Science repository
A demo installation running the latest code from the maintenance branch is provided by 4Science here: https://dspace-cris.4science.it/