I agree that users should not receive an email of the entire collection
after an update. I don't like the idea of disabling update emails
during the upgrade day, but I do feel that since the set specs are
changed, then technically this is a valid item update. As you note,
the third option is probably the best (if the most work!).
As a user, I might like a single email telling me that the software had
been updated, and that if I notice anything odd to please tell the
admin, etc. That way, if something unexpected happens during a user
visit, or if new features, layouts, etc. show up, as a user I would not
be so surprised. This may be especially useful for collections that
choose not to include 'Recent News' or something similar for various
Computer Programming and Design
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
On May 21, 2004, at 12:40 PM, Tansley, Robert wrote:
> It's just occurred to me: One side-effect of the Upgrade11To12 tool
> is that all of the items will have their last_modified date set to
> when the tool was run. org.dspace.search.Harvest uses this date to
> determine when things have changed, and this is used by the e-mail
> subscription code and the OAI-PMH code.
> So after an update, what will probably happen is that OAI harvesters
> will find the entire archive has changed (which is fine, since the set
> specs have been sorted out a bit), but also anyone subscribed to a
> collection for e-mail updates will get e-mailed the entire
> So the options are:
> - Disable e-mail subscriptions for the day of the update.
> - Have the Upgrade11To12 tool not affect last_modified -- this does
> mean OAI harvesters won't pick up the set spec changes (though there
> may be an issue with that anyway)
> - Have separate dates OAI-PMH support and e-mail subscriptions. This
> is probably the 'right' thing to do, but probably too much to fit in
> the 1.2 time frame, and can maybe wait for 2.0 when the OAI-PMH
> support and e-mail subscriptions will be more independent modules.
> Robert Tansley / DSpace Technical Lead / Hewlett-Packard Laboratories
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