DSpace managers needing to review harvested items before they are published now have an option. JHarvest introduces a new paradigm in harvest management, depositing ingested items into DSpace’s workflow manager when you configure your collection’s accept/reject permissions.
One of the main reasons for developing JHarvest came about because DSpace archives harvesting from the Current Research Information System In Norway (or more familiarly known as CRIStin) would make items immediately available. By using JHarvest to ingest items, DSpace publishers and managers can now review what is harvested and update appropriately; embargoing, publishing, editing, restricting access can all occur within DSpace’s workflow manager.
JHarvest is not bound to a DSpace version; as long as you are running KnowledgeArc’s DSpace REST API, the most production ready and longest developed REST API for DSpace, you can ingest items into version 1.8 – 5.3. JHarvest is developed for Joomla, one of the most widely used CMSes in the world, and leverages all of the benefits that Joomla offers developers and users. JHarvest is also modular in design, so it can be easily extended and customized for all kinds of requirements at a fraction of the cost.
JHarvest can also run headless as a web service, in that you don’t need to use Joomla as your CMS, it runs on the framework of Joomla, but doesn’t require any front end integration to work for your DSpace installation.
JHarvest is currently being tested in production environments and plans are underway to package JHarvest for easy installation. Alternatively, if you are interested in leveraging the power of JHarvest but without the overhead, KnowledgeArc provides a number of cloud-based products and services.
JHarvest is an open source project and is licensed under the Gnu GPL.