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The primary goals of the DSpace Community Advisory Team (DCAT) are to help review and facilitate community-wide discussions about new feature requests in JIRA and to provide support to the DSpace Committer group in producing software releases. The DCAT is a reconstituted version of it's predecessor, the DSpace Global Outreach Committee.


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
  • Periodically attend the DSpace Committers meetings


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 interest in advancing the DSpace software, developing resources/tools for DSpace users and as well as expanding 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.

Augustine Gitonga - Aga Khan University Hospital

Michael Guthrie - BioMed Central

Valorie Hollister - DuraSpace

Dibyendra Hyoju - Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya/

Iryna Kuchma -

Sue Kunda - Oregon State University

Bram Luyten - @mire

Jim Ottaviani - University of Michigan

Alice Platt - Southern New Hampshire University

Sarah Shreeves - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Elin Stangeland - Cambridge University Library

Imma Subirats - OEKC, FAO of the United Nations

Ciarán Walsh - Enovation Solutions, Ltd

More information

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

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