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[EP-tech] EPrints 3.4.2 release

Hi all,

Work has being ongoing for a new release of EPrints 3.4 (namely 3.4.2) 
for a while.? There are several significant features planned for this 
new release:

- Capability for enabling caching of citations to improve, particularly 
browse view, page load times.

- Improved Accessibility for public front-facing pages (publication 
abstract pages, browse views, searches and static content pages such as 
the homepage).? As well as a template Accessibility statement page and 

- HTTP PATCH functionality to support third-party (particularly 
Symplectic Repository Tools 2) to perform incremental metadata changes.

- Support for embedding HTML5 video blocks including subtitles.

- Support for file rather than database stored access records for use in 
statistics generation (still somewhat experimental and not enabled by 

- A new DOI import plugin using the richer UNIXREF data source.

- New MetaFields for case insensitive IDs (useful for email addresses 
and usernames) and keywords, which are backwards compatible (without 
database changes) with existing fields used for such metadata.

Along with these there are a number of security and general improvements 
along with bug fixes.? More details on these can be found at 

A release candidate for EPrints 3.4.2 can be found at 

The intention is to make a prodiction release of EPrints 3.4.2 by the 
end of the month.? There is also a plan to make a further release of 
EPrints by the end of the year.? This will be addressing the outstanding 
items in the Accessibility roadmap for EPrints - 

If there are any outstanding bugs that any of you are aware of for 
EPrints 3.4 that do not look to be addressed based on the provisional 
release notes at https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwiki.eprints.org%2Fw%2FEPrints_3.4.2&data=01%7C01%7C%7C5c1db7299ca6420fe76b08d8073ccee1%7C4a5378f929f44d3ebe89669d03ada9d8%7C0&sdata=yY%2BL43qKImyaaiFvDF4J2xXaFORV45Pr8NVMgxevrY0%3D&reserved=0 then please 
feel free to add an issue to GitHub at 
https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgithub.com%2Feprints%2Feprints3.4%2Fissues&data=01%7C01%7C%7C5c1db7299ca6420fe76b08d8073ccee1%7C4a5378f929f44d3ebe89669d03ada9d8%7C0&sdata=Sny8uE4hlf2BMSirh0%2FUC5jfFLiLr84%2BqOjxvuAI3LE%3D&reserved=0 I cannot guarantee it will 
necessarily be addressed for the forthcoming 3.4.2 release but if 
practical should be added to a later release milestone.


David Newman

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