Beta update – 30 June 2017

The beta version of the Discovery Service is updated every fortnight and a list of changes is sent to the project mailing list and posted on this blog.

Here’s the latest update  from our developer Mark Winterbottom.

Technical Update (30 June, 2017)

Key Improvements

This sprint, Mark has been working on creating the custom harvest extension. Here are the items that are completed and working:

  • Database table models setup.
  • Database setup command.
  • Creating new harvest endpoints.
  • Updating and deleting harvest endpoints in the system.
  • Adding custom field mappings.
  • Creating new harvest jobs in the job table.

Mark also made some progress getting the asynchronous tasks working, however this is still in progress.

Focusing on next

Mark is moving to the Research Data Shared Service project for a few weeks so the current development work in RDDS is on hold. The rest of the team will be using the time to focus on testing and ensuring the current set of requirements are updated and prioritised for the next phase of development. Unfortunately, there won’t be any technical updates during this time. The two weekly cycle of technical updates will restart once Mark is back on the project.

Other notes

I gave a presentation and demo of the beta version of the system at the Research Data Network event (27/28 June in York). The slides are available at

All the slides from the RDN event are on the RDN programme page at For those who weren’t able to attend, I’d recommend checking out the presentations and I hope it will encourage you to attend the next RDN event later this year. Check the #JiscRDM stream for an announcement.

That’s the end of this update. If you would like any further information about the project, or contact details, check the project page on the Jisc website.

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