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New DRS Project Updates

Development of new DRS system functionality is largely complete and now in production. A metadata migration is the final step in the move to the new DRS. Visit this page for information about the status of the migration and how it will affect you as a DRS user. The DRS2 project team will provide regular updates on the status of the migration via email messages to current DRS users and announcements on HLComms.

If you have any questions or comments about migration to the new DRS, please contact the DRS Migration Team. Please also see the Migration FAQ for answers to common migration questions.

Migration timeline
New functionality
News & Events
Migration FAQ


Migration timeline

The major steps of the migration process are outlined below.

DRS Project Timeline

* A DRS project team member will contact a representative from each repository having DRS content prior to that repository's Tier 2 migration to outline any necessary preparatory steps.

New functionality

The bulk of new DRS functionality is available now in production or soon will be. A list of functional highlights appears below. See the DRS2 Enhancements page for a more detailed list.

  • Improved search: Retrieve deposited content using powerful and advanced searching on more than 200 metadata fields.
  • Improved metadata editing: import descriptive metadata; add rights metadata; organize content with administrative categories.
  • Integration with Wordshack - a new central vocabulary registry.
  • Drag-and-drop structure editor for page-turned objects.
  • Custom image captions: Add default or custom captions on a per-object basis.
  • More formats: opaque objects; streaming delivery or download of MP3, MP4 audio files and new web-based audio player.
  • Bulk processing: bulk download, deletion, and recovery of objects and files.

News & Events

Upcoming meetings will be announced on HLCOMMS.

Project updates are included in Harvard Library Updates on the Harvard Library portal:

November 2014 Project Update
August 2014 Project Update
May 2014 Project Update
April 2014 Project Update
March 2014 Project Update
February 2014 Project Update
January 2014 Project Update
November 2013 Project Update
October 2013 Project Update

Migration FAQ