The DSpace Committers have decided to extend the DSpace 1.7.0 Testathon
until Friday, November 19.
Although we've already had a good amount of testing this week, we feel
some technical problems at the beginning of the week limited the amount
of extensive testing we were able to perform. So, we ask you to join us
in another round of DSpace 1.7.0 testing!
== Why Should You Help Test? ==
Everyone (managers, developers, users) is encouraged to take a few
minutes out of your week to help us with testing of DSpace 1.7.0.
Testathon is what helps us to ensure the software is as useful &
bug-free as possible!
We've made it even easier to help test this year! The DSpace Demo Site
(http://demo.dspace.org) has seen several improvements to help make
testing & reporting even easier:
* Pre-created User Accounts. We now have pre-created logins for various
types of demo users which are posted on the homepage of the XMLUI and
JSPUI demo sites. So, you don't even need to create your own account!
* A Built-in Feedback Mechanism. All you need to do is click on the red
"Feedback" button (on the left side of any page) to report anything odd
you are experiencing or seeing. We'll take care of the rest! You are
still welcome to report issues directly in our JIRA issue tracker
(https://jira.duraspace.org/browse/DS). But, for those looking to save
time, you can just use this new, easier feedback mechanism.
== How Can You Help Test? ==
There are three main ways you can help to test DSpace 1.7.0:
(1) Visit http://demo.dspace.org and test one or more of the DSpace
interfaces. Again, you can use the red "Feedback" button to report your
issues or just send kudos to the development team.
(2) We've now put our DSpace 1.7.0 Documentation up on a new area of our
Wiki. If you are a stickler for good documentation, we'd really
appreciate your feedback on how we are doing so far:
(As a sidenote, if you'd like to help improve the Documentation, please
get in touch. We specifically moved it to the Wiki to allow for others,
technical or non-technical, to help us improve upon the existing
(3) If you wish, you can also download the 1.7.0 Release Candidate #1
software from either SourceForge or SVN (see links below), and install
it on your own local test server. This can let you better play with the
software, try out new configurations/settings, or perform your own
custom local testing.
* SVN: http://scm.dspace.org/svn/repo/dspace/tags/dspace-1.7.0-rc1/
Again, we'd appreciate any testing help you can provide. If you have
any questions or concerns, send an email to the listserv, or join us in
the IRC chatroom (there's an easy IRC login form on
http://demo.dspace.org which will let you join right from your web browser).
Have a great weekend all! We'll see you next week for the continuation
On 11/8/2010 3:17 PM, Peter Dietz wrote:
> Hi DSpace Community,
> The first release candidate for DSpace 1.7 is now available for beta
> Some key new features to be on the lookout for are:
> * Mirage -- A clean new theme for XMLUI
> * Curation System -- A system for admins to perform curation tasks
> (such as virus scans, file format detection, metadata inspection)
> on their data.
> * Total Top Downloads -- When authenticated, there is a statistics
> link from the homepage of XMLUI to see the top 10 downloaded items.
> * Discovery Layer -- Faceted browse of site metadata
> Plus numerous other changes, that you can find in the Release Notes
> Testathon / Feedback:
> The Developer community never stops, and has created numerous new
> features, changes, improvements, bug-fixes, and other changes that go in
> to the next release of DSpace, DSpace 1.7. So we ask that you take a
> moment of your time to help ensure that we maintain the same great level
> of quality in the software that one would expect, to do so, check out
> what we've worked on, and leave us feedback where appropriate.
> *WHO*: You! Everyone is invited to take part. Whether you manage
> multiple instances, or are interested in trying it out, we welcome your
> *WHAT*: Help beta-test DSpace to ensure that it passes its ultimate
> test: that it does what users expect it to. We've added new features
> that could use more eyes, browsers, and mouse-clicks to make sure that
> things aren't missing, that they don't break, that they don't lose your
> data, and that they easily do what one expects them to do. So if any
> features have issues while your testing it, click the Feedback button
> and tell us about it.
> *WHEN*: Starting: Monday 8th to Sunday 12th, November 2010. You can keep
> visiting the site and leaving feedback afterwards, as part of continual
> *WHY*: The sooner we find and fix bugs, the higher quality the software
> will be when it comes time to upgrade or install to 1.7.
> *HOW*: Go to http://demo.dspace.org <http://demo.dspace.org/> and
> test-drive one of the DSpace User Interfaces, such as JSPUI or XMLUI. If
> anything comes up while you are testing DSpace, you can click the red
> Feedback link on the page. If you just have a question then you can
> either email dspace-tech, or chat with some other power-users in our IRC
> (freenode.net <http://freenode.net> #dspace) chat room, people are
> always online, especially during Testathon week. If your more
> technically inclined, you can download, and install your own copy of
> DSpace. We're looking for feedback on the DSpace software, as well as
> inaccuracies in our documentation
> Download / Documentation: https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/DSPACE/Roadmap
> Peter Dietz
> Systems Developer/Engineer
> Ohio State University Libraries
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