DSpace and PlumX Integration

PlumX Dashboards integrates with DSpace, a popular institutional repository maintained by DuraSpace, allowing us to populate your PlumX Dashboard with:

In addition, PlumX can embed an author search URL in a researcher’s profile, which allows us to import artifacts directly associated to your researcher.

Organizational Hierarchy Replication

One of the first things we will do is evaluate your DSpace community list/organizational hierarchy to determine if your DSpace code is in a format we currently support. If your DSpace code is not yet supported we will work with our development team to create the code to support your implementation.

Once we bring in your organizational hierarchy you will be able to compare the metrics for each level of the hierarchy against each another (i.e., compare the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to the College of Geosciences). You can do so through the Subgroups Overview Report in PlumX Dashboard. The Subgroups Overview provides a view into each subgroup for your organization across our five metrics categories, creating a powerful benchmarking opportunity.

The subgroups report is purposely generically named and is based on where in the hierarchy you are currently located. It is often best used at least one level down from the highest level in your PlumX subgroups to get you the closest to comparing “like to like.” For example, consider the following top-level subgroups:


Each of these subgroups has their own subgroups below them, so a common use case would be to explore the results for each, such as for “Schools and Programs.”


After navigating to that level, the next step would be to click on the Analytics icon and then click on Subgroups Overview to see the results. For the Usage category in this example, the Veterinary Integrative Biosciences group has the most usage compared to the other schools in that college:

Repository Harvesting

When it comes to harvesting your artifacts, we will compare your DSpace content types with our artifact types and add new types as needed.

Our preferred method is via OAI-PMH which allows us to easily ingest your bibliographic metedata. The default metadata prefix we use is METS, however, we do have capabilities to ingest other formats as well. If you do not support OAI-PMH, we will scrape your DSpace website for metadata. Please check our mappings to determine if adjustments need to be made on your end for either OAI-PMH harvesting or the scraping of your DSpace metadata.

If there are DOIs with your content, we determine if they are in the expected field (which we will provide you with) to harvest them.

Content Type Mapping

DC.Type PlumX Artifact Type
Article OR article OR Journal Article OR artigo OR Artículo ARTICLE
Book Item OR bookPart OR Capítulo de libro OR Chapter BOOK_CHAPTER
Book OR book OR Libro BOOK
Conference Item OR conference Paper OR conferenceObject CONFERENCE_PAPER
WorkingPaper OR Working Paper OR Document de travail / Working Paper OR Working/Discussion Paper PAPER
lecture OR conferenceObject OR Presentation PRESENTATION
Technical Report OR report OR Internship OR Report REPORT
Thesis OR thesis OR “Thèse / Thesis” OR “Electronic Thesis or Dissertation” OR Tesis OR Thesis/Dissertation THESIS_DISSERTATION
Moving Image OR Video VIDEO

Usage Statistics

We evaluate whether your DSpace statistics are available in XML format and determine the method to ingest those accordingly. Generally we can publish page views and download counts for each DSpace artifact which we would continually update.

Updating Researcher Profile with Artifacts

You can easily link a PlumX researcher profile to DSpace by an author name search. This will, in turn, keep your PlumX Researcher Profiles automatically up to date with the articles and other relevant research artifacts.

To add a DSpace Author Search URL to a PlumX Researcher Profile:








After you save your changes, PlumX will automatically gather the publications for the author(s).