Move On Up: TCD TARA and the Value of Dspace 1.6


  • Niamh Brennan
  • Gavin Henrick



OR2010, DSpace 1.6, Library and information sciences, DDC: 020


Before In 2006 Enovation Solutions with Trinity College Dublin developed TARA - Trinity's Access to Research Archive. TARA was based on DSpace customised with specific enhancements for TCD and integrated with the university's CERIF-compliant CRIS, the TCD Research Support System (RSS). The version of Dspace deployed was 1.3.2. Over the years, much further integration, customisation and configuration of complex workflows, metadata fields and web services were implemented as TARA became an integral part of the university's fully-integrated research environment. However, it was realised that the version of Dspace was starting to creak, and that an upgrade was needed to move the repository to a new level of capacity, functionality and responsiveness to the needs of the research community. In 2009 TCD approached Enovation Solutions to investigate and plan the upgrade of TARA from DSpace v1.3.2.