The idea of DSpace-CRIS has its origin in 2009 when the Hong Kong University decided to extend the information exposed in their DSpace IR adding information (people/projects) coming from other systems already in use (mainly) for administrative purpose: a CRIS.
One year ago, November 2012, DSpace-CRIS was released as an open source solution to enrich DSpace (1.8.2). After highlighting the important steps made by the DSpace Community in 2013, that will bring to the final release of DSpace 4.0 in December, Cineca focused its presentation on what DSpace-CRIS is today.
The most important announcement was that DSpace-CRIS is now compatible and compliant with the CERIF standard and that an export feature in CERIF XML will be available in the DSpace-CRIS 4.0 version. Indeed the key components of the CERIF data model are supported natively: UUID, timestamped relation, semantic characterization.
In addition to that, the dynamic, flexible and not hardcoded approach of DSpace-CRIS data model makes it very easy to create new entities (besides the few predefined ones) and configure instances compliant with CERIF.
There are several advantages that DSpace-CRIS brings to Institutional Repositories and to the DSpace community overall:
- CRIS entities as authority for Item metadata values;
- DSpace Items can be linked and displayed in the detail page of any CRIS entities;
- Ability to display selected publications (or any other related entities) in the researcher profile;
- It is possible to create lists of selected publications (or any other related entities);
- CRIS entity detailed page visit;
- Global & Top related CERIF Entity views & downloads referencing the CRIS entity (projects for researchers, researchers for OrgUnits, etc.);
- Global & Top item views & downloads referencing the CRIS entity;
- email and RSS alerts;
- Article level metrics for PubMed (extensible):
- Cited-by count in the item page
- Number of articles for researcher
- Total citations for researcher (only items in local DSpace database will be counted)