From Pascal-Nicolas Becker, The Library Code and Michele Mennielli, DuraSpace On September 21, 2017 The Library Code GmbH, the Universitätsbibliothek Stuttgart and the Fraunhofer Informationszentrum Raum und Bau IRB organized in Stuttgart the 4th edition of 4th edition of the DSpace Anwendertreffen (German-speaking DSpace User Group meeting).
More than 70 attendees from all over Germany and Switzerland gathered together to share ideas and best practices about the use of DSpace. Among the interesting topics discussed there were: the future of DSpace and its single UI expected with DSpace 7; DSpace-CRIS and the use of repository as research information management tools; research data; ORCiD integration; interoperability with external systems, etc.
In this 4th edition of the meeting, the organizers decided to introduce a new format for facilitating the sharing of ideas: discussion panels. The presentations at the begin of the meeting gave the attendees an overview of the main topics the community is currently working on, while the discussion panels allowed the audience to be more actively engaged with the conversations. Indeed, those panels gave the participants the opportunity to gather in smaller groups that will keep the conversations going until throughout the year until the next User Group meeting.
All the slides presented during the meeting are available here: https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/DSPACE/DSpace+Advertising+2017
The German DSpace Community is very active and engaged. If you are a German-speaking user, you can consult the following page - https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/DSPACE/German+DSpace+User+Group - where you will find links to the general and German-language mailing list of DSpace, information about the past user meetings as well as a short announcement of the user meeting 2018 (13.09.2018 in Berlin).
During the meeting it was also decided to launch a new Slack channel under the DSpace general one, specifically dedicated to the users from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Thanks to Pascal-Nicolas Becker, the channel is now active and you can register via Slack here: https://goo.gl/forms/s70dh26zY2cSqn2K3. You will then find the user group at https://dspace-org.slack.com/messages/dspace-dach.
Once again, we would like to thank the organizing institutions for such a successful event and Pascal-Nicolas in particular, for coordinating such an inspiring group!