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v4.3 Release Dates

Design and development: 20 July 2015 - 14 January 2016

Code freeze: 15 January 2016

QA: 16 January - 5 February 2016

Release: 11 February 2016

Overview

Areas of work for CollectionSpace Release 4.3 are listed below.

  • Continued work on the community of practice profiles, including:
    • Final draft of the Anthropology profile and related extensions.  CSPACE-6793 - Anthro Profile In Progress
    • Final draft of the Local History and Material Culture profile and related extensions.
      (Profiles are groups of procedures, authorities, and domain extensions combined to support the work of specific communities of practice.
      Extensions are groups of extra fields, added to object, procedure, and/or authority records, which pertain to profiles.)
       
  • Refactoring and acceptance of a Django-based community-contributed framework for web applications, that uses CollectionSpace data and APIs.  CSPACE-6758 - Django Webapp Contributions In Progress
  • Exploring the possible use of a fast index-based technology (Elasticsearch) to potentially speed up several types of searches.  CSPACE-6760 - Support for ElasticSearch Open
  • Add support for Amazon S3 backend storage.  CSPACE-6761 - Support for Amazon S3 plugin Done .
  • Upgrade Service API to latest version of RESTEasy.  CSPACE-6281 - Service layer needs to upgrade to latest version of RESTEasy Done
  • Expanding the number of automated tests for quality assurance.  CSPACE-6754 - Automating QA test plans Open
  • Updates to the reporting software and documentation.  CSPACE-6792 - v4.3 Reporting Open
    • Update Jasper Reports library to latest stable version:  CSPACE-6223 - Update Jasper Reports library to version 5.2 (or latest stable version, if higher) Done
    • Improve end user documentation pertaining to reporting.
  • Improvements to data migration tools, including:
    • Development of an import / migration service that does not require the deployment user to manage IDs during an import

    • Improving the robustness of the migration endpoint by simplifying the datasource XML schema

  • Development of a Culture Object provider for CollectionSpace.
  • Other bug fixes as prioritized by the CollectionSpace community.

For the list of resolved issues - bug fixes, feature enhancements, and more, please see the 4.3 issues filter in the project's issue tracker.

Release Notes

INSTALLER

We've update the automated installer for performing an unattended installation of a CollectionSpace 4.3 server on selected Linux systems. 

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES 

An additional environment variable named JEE_PORT is required to build and deploy CollectionSpace v4.3.

ELASTICSEARCH

Beginning with version v4.3, you can configure CollectionSpace to work with an Elasticsearch cluster. To learn more about Elasticsearch follow this link: https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/reference/1.7/getting-started.html

To use CollectionSpace with Elasticsearch, you'll first need to download and install Elasticsearch 1.7.x.  As of v4.3, CollectionSpace works with Elasticsearch v1.7.x (does not work yet with v2.x of Elasticsearch).  You can download it here: https://www.elastic.co/downloads/past-releases/elasticsearch-1-7-4 You can learn how to setup an Elasticsearch cluster by following this link:https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/reference/1.7/setup.html.  The default configuration will create a cluster named "elasticsearch" which is the cluster CollectionSpace will attempt to work with by default.

By default, CollectionSpace will attempt to connect to an Elasticsearch cluster named "elasticsearch" running on the same server.  You can point CollectionSpace to a different cluster by changing the configuration file at '$CSPACE_JEESERVER_HOME/cspace/config/services/proto-elasticsearch-config.xml' and restarting the CollectionSpace server.

Be sure your Elasticsearch cluster is running before you start the CollectionSpace server.  This will ensure that all your CollectionSpace collection data will be indexed by Elasticsearch.