The German DSpace User Group Meeting 2016 took place at ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics in Hamburg on September 27th, 2016. This was the third annual meeting for the group. With 45 participants, it was the largest meeting so far. High attendance was due in part to the momentum that DSpace has in Germany right now.  A few new institutions participated that were already working on their migration or are considering migrating to DSpace.

Similar to previous years, there was a broad range of topics that addressed both technical staff and repository managers. Pascal Becker, from The Library Code, gave an overview on current developments of DSpace, presenting the plans for the new user interface. Benedikt Kroll presented use cases and workflows developed and implemented by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Munich). Friedrich Summann gave a view from outside on DSpace representing the Bielefeld Academic Search Engine BASE, an important and large OAI Service Provider. Over lunch and during breaks participants discussed solutions to daily problems with colleagues which was invaluable.

The day continued with  Jan Weiland and Wolfgang Riese presenting their work at the disciplinary repository EconStor, followed by Gerrit Hübbers who gave an introduction in working with the maven overlay mechanism and their continuous integration and deployment system. Michaela Voigt from Technische Universität Berlin presented a workflow to make use of special open access rights that are part of German national license agreements – so called alliance and national licenses – to self-archive articles. The meeting closed with an open discussion about use cases and issues participants have in their daily work with DSpace. We’re already looking forward to the next German DSpace User Group Meeting in 2017.

Meeting slides and information are available here.


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