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The primary goal of the DSpace Community Advisory Team (DCAT) is to help review and facilitate community discussions about new feature requests in JIRA.


The following are a list of potential activities for the team members. Team members will help develop and refine priorities as necessary.  Estimated time for each committee member is around 10 hours a month.

  • Attend monthly team teleconferences
  • Review JIRA new feature requests, provide draft of recommendations and lead DCAT discussion on the request
  • Provide feedback in JIRA about specific new feature requests
  • Facilitate community-wide discussions on selected new feature requests - flesh out minimum requirements and potential project team / stakeholders and developers
  • Collaborate on other project, tools, resources which serve the community
  • Help to organize user group meetings

Take part in forums to share training and best practices in your country/region

  • Network regularly with other DSpace users in your region
  • Serve as a resource to new or potential DSpace users within your country/region on the DSpace platform
  • Help develop agenda and host user group meetings
  • Help guide the priorities of the DuraSpace organization to better serve the needs of repository managers
  • Facilitate feedback from your country/region on the DSpace platform design in order to make the development process more balanced and informed about the repository manager's needs and the variety of use cases


The committee meets on the 1st Tuesday of every month via a conference call. We hold two different calls to accommodate members from different time zones. For more information and meeting notes, click here.

Committee Members

Committee members are volunteers from the world-wide DSpace user community. Members will be primarily made up of individuals who function as DSpace repository managers at their institution and have an interest in developing resources/tools for DSpace users and as well as to advance the user community network world-wide. The committee aims to have representatives from variety of countries/regions in order to provide broad support the DSpace user community.

Rea Devakos - University of Toronto

Ronee L. Francis - Vanderbilt University

Valorie Hollister - DuraSpace

Iryna Kuchma -

Jim Ottaviani - University of Michigan

Sarah Shreeves - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Elin Stangeland - Cambridge University Library

Beth Tillinghast - University of Hawaii at Manoa

Emeritus Committee Members

Ezra S. Gbaje - Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Leonie Hayes - University of Auckland

Alvin Hutchinson - Smithsonian Institution Libraries

Jayan C Kurian - National University of Singapore

Yohannes Mulugeta - Addis Ababa University Libraries

Joy Wheeler - Nanyang Technological University Singapore

Christina Richison - NITLE

Monica Roos - University of Bergen

Michael Soupios - Seton Hall University

Julie Speer - Georgia Institute of Technology

More information

For more information about DGOC, please contact Valorie Hollister at vholister at

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