Registration open for Advanced DSpace course

Note: All seats for Advanced DSpace on October 16-17 have been filled, and registration has closed. Texas Digital Library will be working to schedule additional instances of this course in the future. Please refer to for additional course dates as they become available.

The Texas Digital Library is pleased to announce that registration for the two-day course Advanced DSpace is now open for TDL members only.

The course will be held October 16-17, 2013, in Room 1.202 of the Perry-Castañeda Library at UT Austin.

Priority registration for TDL members at a discounted price of $150 will be available through the end of the day on Monday, September 23.

Beginning on Tuesday, September 24, registration will be open to anyone, including those from institutions not affiliated with the TDL.  The non-member registration rate for the course is $250. (Note: TDL members who register after September 23 are still eligible for the discounted rate.)


About the course:

The two-day Advanced DSpace course provides instruction on advanced features and customizations in DSpace 1.7.

Topics covered include:

  • Configuring a collection to harvest from an external source
  • Configuring general repository harvest settings
  • Customizing the system emails
  • Customizing the submission form for specific collections
  • How to create custom input forms
  • Configuring IP-based authentication
  • Configuring and customizing metadata crosswalks
  • How to change what fields are indexed for Browse
  • Faceted search/browse (aka “discovery”)
  • Configuring Media Filters
  • Configuring Curation Tasks
  • Overview of writing new Media Filters and/or new Curation Tasks
  • How to create a custom theme
  • How to create and upload and batch (including scripting)

Please note: The version of the course offered on October 16-17 will cover features available in DSpace version 1.7. Several topics listed in a previous email about this course – including item versioning and embargoing metadata – are only available in later versions of the software and will not be covered in this instance of the course.

Who should attend this course?

Skill Level: Advanced. Participants should at minimum have a thorough understanding of the DSpace user interface and issues covered in the Introduction to DSpace course.

Please read below for more information about the types of tasks and skills involved in this course. If you have additional questions about whether you should register for the course, please contact TDL at

  • Participants will be asked to perform basic tasks at a system command line, such as: listing files and directories, changing the working directory, and executing programs. (Note: Prior experience performing these simple command-line tasks is not necessary, but participants will be asked to learn and try them in the class.)
  • In addition, participants should be comfortable editing text files.  The course material will involve editing a variety of DSpace configuration files.
  • Finally, basic knowledge of programming languages and web development will enhance one’s appreciation of some of the course material.  Examples on customizing themes will involve XML, XSLT, CSS, and JavaScript.  Examples on writing new curation tasks and media filters will involve Java.

About the Instructor:

The Advanced DSpace Course will be led by James Creel. James is a Senior Software Developer at Texas A&M University Libraries with more than seven years of experience with DSpace.

For more information, please see the TDL website or contact the TDL at

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