Valorie Hollister
Director of Community Programs

Advanced DSpace Training

2/17-19, 2015

In response to overwhelming community demand, we are happy to announce the dates for an in-person, 3-day Advanced DSpace Course in Austin. The total cost of the course is being underwritten with generous support from the Texas Digital Library and DuraSpace. As a result, the registration fee for the course for DuraSpace (or TDL) Members is only $250 and $500 for Non-Members (meals and lodging not included). Seating will be limited to 15 participants.

Course Overview

The three-day Advanced DSpace course provides instruction on advanced features and customizations in DSpace 4.2 and will also include a preview of 5.0 features. Topics covered will include:


  • Themes and Aspects
  • Emails
  • Internationalization
  • Authentication
  • Media Filters
  • Curation Tasks
  • Submission Workflows
  • Controlled Vocabularies
  • Discovery, Search, and Browse
  • Statistics
  • Server Configuration

Content Transmission:

  • OAI protocols and harvesting
  • RESTSubmission/Dissemination Packages
  • AIP backup and restore
  • SWORD servers and clients
  • Batch Imports

XMLUI Theming:

  • Creating a new theme
  • Colors, Fonts, and Layouts with CSS
  • Presentation and Interaction

Who should attend this course?

Skill Level: Advanced

The Advanced DSpace Course is designed for individuals who want to gain a deep understanding of DSpace 4.2 and the full range features and add-ons available. The course is geared towards developers and technically inclined repository managers/librarians who are knowledgeable about DSpace user interface functionality. Participants should have knowledge of the DSpace user interface and/or review the Introduction to DSpace materials prior to the course. It is assumed that participants will be very familiar with the following aspects of DSpace: Community/Collection hierarchy; e-persons, groups, and authorization management; and the metadata registry. Participants should also be able to perform basic tasks at a system command line, such as; listing files and directories; changing the working directory and executing programs. Participants should also be comfortable editing text files as the course material will involve editing a variety of DSpace configuration files.

Basic knowledge of programming languages and web development will enhance appreciation of the material. Examples on customizing themes will involve XML, XSLT, CSS, and JavaScript. 

If you have additional questions about whether you should register for the course, please contact Valorie Hollister at

About the Instructor

James Creel is the Senior Lead Software Applications Developer at Texas A&M University Libraries, where he supervises the software development team.  James manages the development and maintenance of digital library and information management applications and provides TAMU Libraries faculty with training and tools for transmitting and curating content and metadata. James has a BA in Economics and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and an MS in Computer Science from Texas A&M University.  James has 8 years experience with customizing, administering, and importing and disseminating collections with DSpace.