Dataverse 4.19

This release brings new features, enhancements, and bug fixes to Dataverse. Thank you to all of the community members who contributed code, suggestions, bug reports, and other assistance across the project.

Release Highlights

Open ID Connect Support

Dataverse now provides basic support for any OpenID Connect (OIDC) compliant authentication provider.

Prior to supporting this standard, new authentication methods needed to be added by pull request. OIDC support provides a standardized way for authentication, sharing user information, and more. You are able to use any compliant provider just by loading a configuration file, without touching the codebase. While the usual prominent providers like Google and others feature OIDC support there are plenty of other options to easily attach your installation to a custom authentication provider, using enterprise grade software.

See the OpenID Connect Login Options documentation in the Installation Guide for more details.

This is to be extended with support for attribute mapping, group syncing and more in future versions of the code.

Python Installer

We are introducing a new installer script, written in Python. It is intended to eventually replace the old installer (written in Perl). For now it is being offered as an (experimental) alternative.

See README_python.txt in scripts/installer and/or in the installer bundle for more information.

Major Use Cases

Newly-supported use cases in this release include:

  • Dataverse installation administrators will be able to experiment with a Python Installer (Issue #3937, PR #6484)
  • Dataverse installation administrators will be able to set up an OIDC-compliant login options by editing a configuration file and with no need for a code change (Issue #6432, PR #6433)
  • Following setup by a Dataverse administration, users will be able to log in using OIDC-compliant methods (Issue #6432, PR #6433)
  • Users of the Search API will see additional fields in the JSON output (Issues #6300, #6396, PR #6441)
  • Users loading the support form will now be presented with the math challenge as expected and will be able to successfully send an email to support (Issue #6307, PR #6462)
  • Users of can now spin up Jupyter Notebooks and other computational environments from Dataverse DOIs (Issue #4714, PR #6453)

For more information, check out the detailed release notes at