DSpace 1.8.0 can be downloaded immediately at either of the following locations:
Online Documentation is available at: DSpace 1.8 Documentation.
DSpace 1.8.0 is a scheduled, "time-based" release. In order to decrease delays in releasing new features and increase transparency, the DSpace Developers have scheduled 1.8.0 in advance and are basing its features on what we are able to complete within that timeframe.
Scheduling releases benefits us all as it should decrease the delays in releasing new features, and increase the transparency of the development process. The DSpace Developers feel that these benefits will far outweigh the cost of potentially having fewer major features in a given DSpace release. We hope the DSpace Community will also realize the immediate benefits, which should allow them to receive new features more quickly, rather than potentially waiting years for the next major release of the software. The DSpace Developers hope to continue this trend of "time based" releases with all future releases.
In DSpace 1.8.0, there have been a few significant changes to how you upgrade and configure DSpace. Notably:
ant updateupgrade command now defaults to replacing any existing configuration files (though the existing configuration files will first be backed up to a file with the suffix
ant updatecommand would leave existing configuration files intact (and you would have to manually merge in new configuration settings, which would be in a file with the suffix
*.new). If you prefer this previous behavior, you can still achieve the same result by running:
ant -Doverwrite=false update.
ant -Doverwrite=false updateplease be aware that this will not auto-upgrade any of your configuration files. This means you must closely watch the output of this command, and ensure you manually upgrade all configuration files in the
[dspace]/config/directory as well as all Solr configurations/schemas in the
DS-968 Configurable Reviewer Workflow
DS-749 Reordering of bitstreams.
DS-811 Ability to Withdraw/Reinstate/Delete Items in Bulk, via Batch Metadata Editing
For a list of all features/improvement/bugs released in 1.8.0, see the 1.8.0 Version History.
These addons will be "compatible with 1.8.0", but will require a separate, optional installation.
It has been decided that DSpace 1.8.0 will be released in Oct 2011. The exact date is still being worked out. What follows is a tentative release timeline - it has changed slightly from its original state, but the final release will still come out sometime in Oct 2011.
Release Process needs to proceed according to the following Maven release process: Release Procedure