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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 team member is around 5-10 hours a month. For more details about the new feature request review process, click here.

  • 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
  • Network regularly with other DSpace users in country/region
  • Participate in mailing lists or discussion forums to share knowledge and best practices


The team meets on the 1st Tuesday of every month via a conference call, alternating times every month between 9:00am Eastern/14:00 GMT or 3:00pm Eastern/20:00 GMT to accommodate those in different time zones. The purpose of the meeting is primarily to share news/information and refine our review process. Most of the work of DCAT takes place outside the meeting, so if there are members who cannot attend either meeting  they can still contribute significantly to the DCAT efforts. For more information and meeting notes, click here.

Discussion Schedule

The team will hold weekly new feature request discussions among members as well as broader, community discussions each month. For the discussion schedule, click here.

Team Members

Team 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 team 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

More information

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

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