Apologies for the cross posting -

Please find the DCAT meeting agenda for tomorrow, Tuesday October 9 at 10:00am Eastern/14:00 UTC: https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/cmtygp/DCAT+Meeting+Agenda+October+9%2C+2012

In light of the 3.0 testathon starting this week we will have one of the release team members, Sands Fish, join our mtg to discuss how DCAT and the rest of the DSpace community can help. 

Anyone from the community is welcome to attended. Dial in instructions can be found at https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/cmtygp/DCAT+Conference+Call+Dial-in. Please note: we are still having connectivity issues with the "freeconferencecallhd.2096471600" Skype dial-in. Generally you can get on, but Skype seems to boot you off at regular intervals. To avoid the frustration we recommend dialing in via a Skype phone call -- simply use the Skype dial pad and dial the USA # 209-647-1600 and then the conference code # as prompted. You will need to have a Skype account with money in it in order to place this kind of call.

For anyone not familiar with the DSpace Community Advisory Team (DCAT) (https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/cmtygp/DSpace+Community+Advisory+Team), the group helps review the JIRA issues (https://jira.duraspace.org/browse/DS) classified as new feature requests for DSpace. The goal of the DCAT review is to help move the feature along by fleshing out requirements or ideas for implementation, as well as recruiting developers and other community members to work on the request. DCAT generally selects the new feature requests which appear to be of broad interest in the community. DCAT discussions are documented and are always open to the entire community for comment/feedback (https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/dsforum/DCAT+Discussion+Forum) or in JIRA directly (https://jira.duraspace.org/browse/DS).  

Additionally, there is a DCAT Google Group mailing list for members (http://groups.google.com/group/DSpaceCommunityAdvisoryTeam), but it is mainly used for logistics. All material DCAT discussions are conducted either on the DCAT Discussion Forum or in JIRA. That said, DCAT Google Group is also open for anyone in the community to join. 

If you have questions or are interested in becoming a DCAT member, please contact me at vhollister@duraspace.org.

Valorie Hollister
Director of Community Programs