Hello all,

I just wanted to send a quick update from the Release Team.  Due to some last minute technical difficulties in the cutting of DSpace 3.0 RC1, we'll be pushing back the start of the test-a-thon to Wednesday the 10th of October. 

Apologies for the delay and we look forward to everyone's participation!

sands fish
Senior Software Engineer
MIT Libraries
Technology Research & Development

On Sep 26, 2012, at 12:50 PM, Sands Alden Fish wrote:

Hello from the DSpace 3.0 Release Team!

I would like to announce the official schedule for the DSpace 3.0 Test-A-Thon and release schedule.  We kicked the idea around a bit and decided that since there is still much documentation to get in (which is of course necessary for a good round of testing), we will be adjusting the schedule as follows:

 Thurs, Oct 4 : Perform 3.0 RC1 Release
 Mon, Oct 8 - Fri, Oct 19 : Testathon
 Mon, Oct 22 - Weds, Oct 31 : Bug Fixing based on Testathon
 Thurs, Nov 1 : Perform 3.0 RC2 Release
 Mon, Nov 5 - Weds, Nov 14 : Final Testing / Bug Fixing
 Thurs, Nov 15 : Perform 3.0 Final Release
 Fri, Nov 16 : Announce 3.0 Final Release

(Please see the bottom of this message for a list of features that still need documentation.  It is very important that we get these items filled out before Monday, October 8th.)

This is your opportunity to get a preview of the upcoming 3.0 release, while also helping us to fully test the system and squash any last bugs!

During the Testathon, you can help us by testing an early version of 3.0 on our Demo Site (http://demo.dspace.org) or other available Testathon sites (TBA).

If you are technically inclined, next week you may also download a copy of this early release (3.0 RC1) and install it on your own local development server.

Some key 3.0 features to be on the lookout for include:

 - Item Level Versioning
 - External Identifier Services
 - Advanced Embargo Support
 - Discovery enhancements
 - Configurable Workflow Enhancements
 - Statistics Enhancements
 - Type based submissions
 - OAI 2.0
 - Discovery for JSPUI
 - Bibliographic Export Formats
 - Elastic Search Statistics
 - Alternative Metrics
 - Numerous other features, improvements & bug fixes!

This is only a quick sampling of what this huge release will include.  A full list of features/changes in DSpace 3.0 can be found at:

We will be sending more details about the Test-a-thon as it approaches.

Thanks!  We hope you enjoy your preview of 3.0!  Don't hesitate to get in touch with any feedback!  

- The DSpace 3.0 Release Team

P.S. - Another big thanks to Tim Donohue and the rest of the 3.0 Release Team for their dedication and work to make this release happen.

DSpace 3.x Documentation:

The following seem to have little or no documentation at this time:

1. How to upgrade to 3.x -- nothing is written

2. Changes to Installation instructions in 3.x. Robin has been working on this already, but some changes may still be necessary after the Maven Consolidation work completes (plus need to review our prerequisites again)

3. OAI 2.0 / XOAI -- some docs linked off https://jira.duraspace.org/browse/DS-1202 (but they need to be moved). Also need to search for all mentions of 'oaicat.properties' as this file is now gone & replaced.

4. @mire Versioning feature (supposedly docs are coming)

5. @mire external identifiers service (this comes along with the versioning stuff, but may need its own docs)

6. @mire Configurable Workflow enhancements

7. @mire Statistics enhancements

8. Type Based Submission (https://jira.duraspace.org/browse/DS-1127). Docs need moving over.

9. CILEA Discovery for JSPUI (if needed)

10. Elastic Search Docs (supposedly coming from Peter)

11. Any other features that are new in 3.0 which are missing docs

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