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The New DASH: system migration leads to a more efficient, effective and innovative open-access repository

Digital Access to Harvard (DASH), Harvard’s open-access institutional repository, was established within the Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC) in 2009. The repository provides free and open access to Harvard research, supporting faculty-driven open-access policies across the University. DASH is a DSpace application and is maintained by Library Technology Services (LTS), in collaboration with the OSC.

The existing repository core had never been upgraded since its inception. Increased maintenance activity and technical debt, paired with proprietary workflow tools and customizations, made it unreliable, inefficient, and susceptible to error. In the fall of 2017, Atmire, a DSpace service provider, was contracted to design, build, and migrate a new Harvard DSpace instance. The development plan, spanning from November 2017 to July 2018 detailed 23 work packages to upgrade and enhance the functionality and stability of the existing repository. This new version of DSpace (version 6) provides a more robust operation, lessens the maintenance demands on Harvard Library Technical Services, improves the workflow for both library staff and depositors, and expands and strengthens repository metrics.

The new DASH will continue to provide open access to nearly 50 thousand works (and growing) of Harvard scholarship: journal articles, dissertations, books and book chapters, conference proceedings, reports, and working papers. The upgraded user interface will make it easier for the millions of users from around the world who download works from the repository and mine its metadata each year by providing further granularity in browsing and searching, a more informative preview page, and a continued emphasis on quality metadata. For Harvard authors who deposit their work to DASH, an improved set of submission tools result in DASH receiving a richer set of metadata upon deposit, making processing much easier.

There were two innovative aspects to this project. The first was new code to accommodate ORCID’s revised API (version 2) within Dspace applications. ORCID, or Original Researcher or Contributer ID, is a free and open service that provides persistent digital identifiers - ORCIDs are valuable to include in a repository as they authenticate authors and link to author-managed profiles and bibliographies. While we utilized ORCIDs in our first instance of DASH, this upgrade ensures we can continue this practice and explore other uses for ORCID in the DASH repository (persistent logins, for example).

The second was a collaboration between Atmire and the OSC. In 2017, the OSC introduced a new initiative to distribute the deposit and committal workflows in DASH. The Distributed DASH Deposit program, or D3, maintains three cohorts of helpers: depositors, catalogers, and licensers. In partnership with the OSC, these cohorts seek out and deposit works to DASH, enrich metadata, determine the license under which a work is distributed, and troubleshoot records within the workflow. In our previous DASH instance, a number of secondary systems and hacks were utilized to manage the complex traffic related to D3. The new DASH workflow isolates records within the workflow for each particular group, with tags that help direct a record to a particular cohort to resolve or move forward. This allows each cohort to see only the records and issues particular to them, eliminating the complexity and inefficiencies of the previous workflow. These workflow modifications, as well as the new ORCID API code, will be contributed back to the Dspace community by Atmire.


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The 5th cohort of the OSC’s Copyright First Responders (CFR) service graduated in October. This summer-long immersion program, developed and managed by Kyle K. Courtney, Copyright Advisor and OSC Program Manager, trains Harvard Library staff in the basics of U.S. copyright law focusing on law governing libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions. These experts are then embedded across the University to help advance teaching, learning, and scholarship through community engagement with copyright. The CFR network is now 45 members strong. The program has received national attention, and is now being adopted as a model for other institutions.

This year, for example, launched a major CFR affiliate called the Copyright First Responders Pacific Northwest (CFRPNW). The CFRPNW is a group of librarians, archivists, and museum staff from across 30+ other institutions that received the same immersion-style training as the Harvard CFR’s. CFRPNW will join for monthly CFR updates, celebrating and contributing to Fair Use Week, and contribute to the copyright and libraries current awareness through listserv questions and policy sharing.

To find a Harvard Copyright First Responder near you, see osc.hul.harvard.edu/programs/copyright/first-responders. For more on the OSC’s Copyright outreach, see copyright.lib.harvard.edu.
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A record-setting year for DASH, Harvard's open-access repository.

2018 to date has been a record-setting year for DASH, Harvard’s open-access repository. In December 2017, the repository passed the milestone of 15 million total downloads since its launch in 2009. This month, it passed the 20 million milestone, and we expect to see over 7 million downloads in 2018 year alone. We’re on track to deposit thousands of articles, conference proceedings, working papers, theses, and dissertations this year, bringing the total inventory of DASH works to 50,000+. There’s no better time to explore the breadth of Harvard’s open-access scholarship in DASH!
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Join the Harvard Library’s Office for Scholarly Communication celebrations of OA Week!

This week, we celebrate International Open Access Week. Now entering its tenth year, OA Week is an opportunity for open access-advocates to engage their communities to teach them about the potential benefits of open access, share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation to make open access a norm in scholarship and research. The event is celebrated by individuals, institutions, and organizations across the world.

In celebration of OA Week, the Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication will share some great news about OA and the Harvard Community: 
- The OSC will launch a new OA policy for staff, researchers, and scholars to use open-access licensing
- we will share our annual statistics from around the world, highlighting Harvard’s scholarship’s impact
- reveal the new and improved Harvard open-access repository, DASH (Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard).

In addition, the Harvard Library OSC and the Research Data Management Program are teaming up to co-sponsor a series of events during OA week, including an open-access open house, interactive workshops on ORCID, reproducibility, Dataverse, and more. See the schedule for more details: https://hlrdm.library.harvard.edu/open-access-week-2018

We look forward to celebrating OA Week with you.

Keep up with all the announcements, seminars, and workshops by following @oscharvard and the tag#OAWeek.
Open Access Week 2018 Events
Open Access Week 2018 Events
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Harvard researchers Dr. Mercè Crosas and Dr. Timothy Clark chosen to develop NIH Data Commons platform to facilitate open sharing of large and dynamic datasets, visualizations, and more... http://ow.ly/QVDk30hKapE
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Couldn't make it to our New Genres for Scholarship event? Fear not! You can listen to a recording of our four fantastic panelists here: https://t.co/kI2Xa5O809
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Interested in innovative and hybrid genres of scholarship? A gentle reminder to join the OSC at our New Genres For Scholarship panel discussion on Thursday, 12/7, 10am-12pm in Fong Auditorium (Harvard Yard). Free and open to the public. http://ow.ly/w8uh30h1V9l
New Genres For Scholarship
New Genres For Scholarship
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Interested in innovative genres for scholarship across the disciplines? Join the OSC on December 7th for a panel discussion. Free and open to the public. See details here: http://ow.ly/eaMr30grrlG
New Genres For Scholarship
New Genres For Scholarship
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Harvard faculty, staff, and students: Interested in making your work open access, but not sure how? See our new FAQ on CV scraping! http://ow.ly/FGaK30gg6tR
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