|At this current stage, Duraspace is not directly involved in the stewardship or support of the DSpace-CRIS software. Hopefully in the long term, the DSpace-CRIS wiki space will help ensure more cross-pollination between the projects, and potentially help other DSpace committers and users learn more about what features of DSpace-CRIS might be adopted in native DSpace. An eventual goal is to permit DSpace users to optionally make use of the DSpace-CRIS functionality as an “add-on”, so that there is no longer a need to fork the DSpace code.|
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.
|Any DSpace-CRIS installation can be easily turned into a basic DSpace installation without the need to change or convert any data. The additional information used by DSpace-CRIS are kept in separate tables, and the integration with the standard DSpace features is provided by the DSpace authority framework.|