In early 2016, the DSpace UI Prototype Working Group has been working with UI prototype developers (from DSpace UI Prototype Challenge) and DSpace Committers to analyze User Interface platforms and recommend a single platform to build the next DSpace UI (as a replacement to both the XMLUI and JSPUI). This new User Interface is planned to be initially released in DSpace 7.0 (timelines TBD).
- January / early February
- UI developers each presented their prototypes to the DSpace UI Prototype Working Group. These presentations were recorded and made publicly available off the DSpace UI Prototype Challenge page.
- Began gathering public feedback (on mailing lists, etc) on the Prototypes and their underlying technology / platform
- Select a UI architecture for recommendation (to DSpace Steering); validate it against our criteria (see evaluation form)
- March 16-17: Presentation of selected UI architecture to DSpace Steering & Leadership Groups at the DuraSpace Summit in Washington DC
- Late March / Early April: Final decision and announcement of next UI platform
- June 13-16 (Open Repositories in Dublin) : Presentation / Discussion on the new UI platform (and possible demo of the work so far).
In 2015, the DSpace Steering Group established an ad hoc "DSpace RoadMap Working Group" (made up of members of Steering, Committers, and DCAT) to develop a 3-5 year Strategic Plan for Technology along with a shorter term (1-2 year) Technical Roadmap detailing how we can immediately improve the software towards achieving our Strategic Plan. Out of that work, a new User Interface was deemed the highest priority, near-term need on the DSpace RoadMap
In late 2015, an ad hoc DSpace UI Prototype Working Group was established (by DSpace Steering Group), and they organized a DSpace UI Prototype Challenge, to begin the process of prototyping / selecting a new User Interface platform.