VIVO Updates for April 10

VIVO Conference registration opens this week.  Look for email announcements, tweets, Facebook, LinkedIn, and the nightly news (well, okay, not the nightly news).  The conference chair is Julia Trimmer.  The program chair is Manuel de la Cruz Gutierrez.  They are putting together a great event!  The conference will be in Denver, August 17-19.  Hope to see everyone there.

Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) meeting.  The CNI spring meeting in San Antonio was a great meeting – a chance to catch up with friends, meet new people, share some thoughts about research data sharing (my presentation is available on Figshare here) and enjoy some beautiful San Antonio hospitality and weather.  Lots of interest in VIVO, the role of VIVO as an element of a campus information infrastructure, and the relationship of VIVO to library practice and repositories.

Force2016, Portland, April 17-19.  Will you be at the Force16 meeting in Portland?  I'll be at the OpenRIF workshop Sunday morning, the Organizational Identifiers workshop Sunday afternoon, the OpenVIVO Hackathon Sunday night, and demoing OpenVIVO at the poster session on Monday.  Drop by, say hello.  Next week, VIVO Updates will be brought to you from Portland!

OpenVIVO Project.  OpenVIVO, a hosted, open VIVO that everyone can join, is nearing completion and will have its debut at the Force2016 conference.  OpenVIVO is a proving ground for new ideas – in particular, 1) an ecosystem in which attribution, contribution and recognition of the roles people play in scholarly work can be recorded and used to identify expertise, build teams, and promote the various kinds of contributions people make to scholarly work.  Working with the Force11 Attribution Working Group, and OpenRIF, the OpenVIVO Task Force has implemented new capabilities for VIVO to capture the contributions of individuals on scholarly works.  2) Demonstrate a connected, identified, real-time ecosystem.  OpenVIVO identifies people by ORCiD (see below), works by DOI, journals by ISSN, and organizations by GRID ID.  OpenVIVO can fetch metadata for works identified by DOI or PubMed ID and add them to profiles interactively.  With people, works, journals and organizations fully identified, profiles can be built can be built quickly and accurately.  3) Demonstrate an open ecosystem in which the data assembled about scholars and scholarship is freely shared.  OpenVIVO data will be made available every day.  Anyone can reuse the data for analysis, expert finding, team building, trend and social network analysis and much more.

OpenVIVO focuses on works and identification, and collection of connections between people, works and organizations.  It can provide data to local VIVO installations. It does not have curation, nor the richness of data provided by institutions supporting their VIVOs.  Local VIVOs remain the gold standard for scholarly profiles – complete, institutionally supported profiles representing the richness of the scholarly work and the items of interest to each organization.

Expect to see features from OpenVIVO in future releases of VIVO.

Taking care of business.  It's a busy season at the VIVO Project.  You can help.  Here are some ideas:

  1. Get an ORCiD identifier. ORCiD is the Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier – a unique, public, sixteen digit number that you can sign up for, and use to identify your presentations, papers, posters, software, datasets and more.  In addition to the identifier, ORCiD provides a sign-on service that other sites can use to authenticate users.  OpenVIVO uses the ORCiD sign on service.  Everyone should have an ORCiD.  To get an ORCiD, sign up at
  2. Plan to attend the User Group Meeting.  The VIVO User Group Meeting wll be held in Chicago, May 5-6.  You can register at
  3. Help build financial support for VIVO.  Join the Membership Task Force.  Contact Jonathan Markow
  4. Help us identify needs for VIVO.  I wish I could use VIVO to ...  Complete the sentence here: Click the link.  Will take two minutes or less.  We will use the results to help plan future features for VIVO.

Development Call. This Thursday at 1 PM, we will have a Development Interest Group call. Graham Triggs will demonstrate OpenVIVO and discuss design features and development decisions.  This should be a great opportunity to learn more about OpenVIVO and its technical underpinnings.



Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director

VIVO Updates for March 27 -- User Group, Membership

VIVO User Group Meeting.  Registration is open.  VIVO User Group Meeting #1 will be held May 5-6 at the Galter Health Science Library at Northwestern in Chicago!

This event is something new.  We want to bring together people who care about VIVO to discuss topics of vital interest to the future development of the project.  The registration site below has links to a description of the event, and a proposed agenda.  We are looking for ideas.  Send your ideas for discussion topics to Mike Conlon or Graham Triggs.  We will be at the meeting and we hope to see you there.  To register, use the link below.  The User Group meeting is free and open to all.

Membership Task Force forming.  As you know, great leadership, keen technological prowess, and a strong community are three critical components for VIVO's success. A fourth one is Membership. Membership revenue pays for a full-time project director and tech lead, travel, fund-raising, marketing, infrastructure, and a number of other things critical to the success of open source projects. We have ambitious goals this year and we want to fire up all our engines to achieve them.

This year our aim is to ramp up the recruitment of new members with a focused campaign. In particular, we want to invite organizations that have been using or exploring VIVO, but not contributing to the project, to increase their commitment and become active members.

Membership recruitment is a job for everyone who cares about VIVO, and you don't need to be an experienced fund raiser to lend a hand. This year, Jonathan Markow from DuraSpace will lead a task force that will aim to bring in a ground-breaking number of new members for VIVO. If you love VIVO, you're invited to join. Contact or me.

I wish I could use VIVO to ...  Complete the sentence here: You can do this.  Click the link.  Will take two minutes or less.

VIVO and SHARE webinars available.  Learn how your VIVO can be shared with SHARE and become searchable, discoverable, retrievable as part of the  scholarly ecosystem.  Recordings of 3 VIVO plus SHARE webinars are available:

User Group Planning Call. This Thursday at 1 PM, we will have a call regarding 2016 VIVO User Group Meeting #1.  Mike Conlon and Graham Triggs will co-chair the call.  Please bring your suggestions about how to have a great meeting, and questions regarding what we hope the meeting will achieve.  Here is a WebEx link to join the meeting:  This is a chance to have your voice heard.  We hope you will be able to attend the call, and attend the user group meeting.



Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director

Join us at VIVO User Group Meeting #1, Chicago, May 5-6

Galter Health Sciences Library and the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The VIVO User Group Meeting brings together VIVO thought leaders and practitioners to discuss VIVO futures.  The group will create recommendations for the future of VIVO.  The meeting should reinforce the purpose of VIVO, foster communication, make progress on fundamental issues, and address strategy.

The meeting is not a hackathon, a conference, nor an implementation fest.  A preliminary agenda has been developed (see below), but topics are expected to change, and breakouts developed by the attendees during the meeting

Time and Place

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, optional dinner for those arriving early, time and place TBA

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 8 AM to 5 PM Galter Health Science Library Conference Room, Ward Building, 303 E Chicago Ave #2-212, Chicago, IL 60611.  See

Friday, May 6, 2016, 8 AM to 3 PM.  Same location as above.


Registration is free, there is no cost to attend the user group meeting.  But seating is limited.  Please register at


Attendees are encouraged to find reasonably priced hotels within walking distance of the Galter Library. Some good options are listed below and may offer a Northwestern University discount:


  1. Optional, social, gathering dinner the night before.

  2. Full day of topic driven sessions.  No presentations.  Participants should have the background they need to participate.

  3. Joint happy hour, dinner

  4. ¾ day of topic driven sessions, adjourning early enough for most people to catch planes and get home the same day.

User Group Work Products

Recommendations from each session.  “The group recommends VIVO  …”  Outputs will be discussed with Steering and become part of the VIVO strategic plan and project roadmap.  Follow-up work will be done by task forces.

Preliminary Agenda

The topics below have been suggested by the project director, technical lead, and Steering Group.  Additional topics will be identified before the meeting and revised agenda produced.  Attendees will raise additional topics and will revise to a final agenda. Breakouts may be needed to accommodate topics.





Optional dinner for those arriving early



Gathering.  Coffee.  Introductions

Topic 1


OpenRif and VIVO. What is OpenRif.  Which ontologies are in VIVO?  What changes to ontology are desirable?  Necessary?



Coffee break. Identification of additional topics.

Topic 2


Supporting an Ontology Process.  How do the ontologies in VIVO get updated?  Extracted?  Community support of ontology changes.




Topic 3


How should VIVO use existing RDF data (Journals, GeoLocation, Orgs, dates)?  What data might exist?  What should exist?  Process for using existing data.



Afternoon break

Topic 4


VIVO presentation layer.  The profile. What is missing?  Brainstorming a larger collection of visualizations, expert finding



Social hour, dinner



Gathering. Coffee.

Topic 5


VIVO ingest processes.  How can we be more productive?  What should be provided?  Recommended?  



Coffee break

Topic 6


VIVO Data Reuse.  How can we foster reuse?  What should be provided?  Recommended?




Topic 7


Readback, summary, action items.  Meeting adjourns



VIVO Updates for March 20 -- User Group, Summit, I wish VIVO could

VIVO User Group Meeting.  This is new.  Really new.  VIVO is planning a User Group meeting for Thursday and Friday May 5 and 6.  We are finalizing the location of the meeting and hope to be able to announce specifics in the coming week.  The User Group meeting will provide the opportunity for attendees to discuss the future of VIVO.  All topics are up for discussion.  If you have an idea that you think we should discuss, please forward to either Graham Triggsor Mike Conlon.  We expect to discuss ontology, development, implementation, partnerships, features, architecture, data management, adoption, and much more.  We do not expect to have presentations.  The User Group meeting is intended to provide an opportunity for discussion.  Depending on attendance and interests, we may have breakout sessions.

This is a new meeting.  It is not a hackathon.  It is not an implementation fest.  It is solely for the purpose of bringing people together to discuss the future of VIVO.  There will be no registration fee or other expenses.  We hope you will make plans to attend.

Summit recap. The Duraspace Summit was held last week in Washington DC.  The Summit provides an opportunity for Duraspace members to come together, share experiences, and discuss strategy.  This year was my third Summit.  I find the meeting to one of the most interesting of the year.  If you are a member, please plan to attend next year.  If you are not a member, please consider becoming a member.  The Summit is a key member benefit.  For a full report, see 2016-03-17 Trip Report -- Duraspace Board Meeting and Summit

I wish I could use VIVO to ...  So we are asking – what do wish you could use VIVO to do?  Imagine the following:  Your VIVO is full of quality data.  And further imagine that you open your VIVO and proceed to use it to do something wonderful.  So wonderful that you tell all your friends, and they use VIVO and do something wonderful.  What wonderful thing are you imagining doing?  Please tell us here:  We will collect your responses, report back, and use your responses to develop future features for VIVO.  Should take you just a couple of minutes to tell us what you could imagine doing with your VIVO.  We look forwrd to hearing from you!

Submit your work to the conference. The VIVO conference has extended the deadline for submission of presentations, posters and workshops to the end of the day Monday, March 21.  To submit a proposal, please prepare a 500 word abstract describing your work, following the directions on the VIVO blog post here.  The VIVO conference is an excellent opportunity for you to share your work with others.  Please consider supporting the VIVO community by presenting your work.

Apps and Tools. This Thursday at 1 PM, the Apps and Tools Interest Group will hold its call.  Ted Lawless and Chris Barnes, co-chair the group and invite all those interested in tools for use with VIVO to attend.  Tools may reuse VIVO data for reporting or presentation, or create VIVO data.  The calls are easy to join.  See the information on the Apps and Tools Interest Group page.  We hope you will be able to attend.



Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director

Call for Papers, Workshops and Posters Closes in 1 Week

Don’t Delay: VIVO Conference Call for Papers, Workshops and Posters Extended Until Monday, March 21st

The Seventh Annual VIVO Conference will be held August 17-19, 2016 at the Denver Marriott City Center in Denver, Colorado. The organizers are pleased to issue this call for contributions to the program.
The VIVO Conference creates a unique opportunity for people from around the world to come together to explore ways to use semantic technologies and linked open data to promote scholarly collaboration and research discovery.
The VIVO conference is an excellent opportunity to meet with VIVO team members from participating institutions. It also offers an open and collaborative environment to share ideas and discuss topics related to adoption and implementation of VIVO, VIVO-based tools and the opportunities created by advancing data sharing and team science.
Authors are invited to submit proposals for panel and paper presentations, workshops and posters on topics of interest for the Seventh Annual VIVO Conference in August. Proposals must be received by Monday, March 21st at 5:00 PM EST.
Contributions are invited to explore, evaluate, or demonstrate exceptional VIVO implementations, integration with external systems, and experiences on traditional and alternative methods of tracking and presenting impact. We encourage submissions on all aspects of using and/or studying semantic technologies within the interpretive context of representing scholarship and scholars, but especially on the role of communities of collaboration and faceted teamwork across disciplines within this area of scholarly inquiry.
We invite proposals for long presentations (30 minutes), short presentations (20 minutes), posters, and submissions for a limited number of opportunities for interactive panel discussions (60 to 90 minutes). Proposals are welcome from emerging and experienced students, teachers, developers, and researchers.
We also invite all interested parties to submit workshop proposals. Workshops will be taught on August 16th and each will be 3.5 hours long. We strongly encourage proposals which incorporate a lively presentation style and which use a variety of instructional approaches (e.g. lecture, demonstration, group discussion, brainstorming, hands-on exercises, and case studies) and materials (e.g. slides, handouts, code snippets and sample data on the VIVO wiki) throughout the session. We encourage proposals that focus on training needs for staff who support and manage VIVO implementations regardless of the role they play in the VIVO project: project management, outreach and engagement, data management, and technical development.
Instructions for Submitting Proposals
Conference Presentations (long and short) and Panels 
Proposals for presentations or panels should be maximum of 500 words. Abstracts of accepted presentations and panels will be made available through the conference’s web site and the printed booklet distributed at the conference during registration. In general, sessions will have two or three presentations; panels may take an entire session or may be combined with a presentation. Relevant proposals unsuccessful in the main track will be considered for inclusion, as appropriate, as a poster.
We invite proposals for posters that showcase current work, and proposals for posters should be maximum of 500 words. Attendees will view and discuss your work during the poster reception.
Proposals for workshops should also be maximum of 500 words. We encourage proposals that focus on training needs for staff who support and manage VIVO implementations regardless of the role they play in the VIVO project: project management, outreach and engagement, data management, and technical development. Please address the following in your workshop proposal:
Length of session (e.g. half a day or a whole day)
Learning outcomes from the session
How many attendees you plan to accommodate
Audio, visual and facility requirements
Any other supplies or support required
Please note:
The VIVO 2016 Conference Task Force welcomes proposals that are still in the formative stages, and may work with potential presenters to focus their proposals further.
Proposals should name any particular products or services that are integral to the content of the presentation. However proposals should not be used as a venue to promote any product, service, or institution.
We look forward to seeing you in Denver!
Contact Information
Manuel de la Cruz Gutierrez, Ph.D. (
VIVO Conference Program Chair
Julia Trimmer (
VIVO Conference Chair
Michelle Issing (
Conference Planner

VIVO Updates for March 13 -- Summit, Conference, Strategic Plan, GWU

The Duraspace Summit.  Each year, Duraspace holds a summit meeting of its members.  This year, the meeting is March 16-17 in Washington DC at the Cosmos Club.  Members of Duraspace and the Duraspace projects – FedoraDSpace, and VIVO – gather to discuss issues related to future of scholarship, its representation and preservation. VIVO members will discuss strategic direction and growing VIVO adoption and membership. Graham Triggs and I will be there.  Dean B. Krafft and I will present an update on VIVO.  The attendees will hear a keynote by Tyler Walters of the Virginia Tech Libraries.  The summit is a great opportunity to meet supporters of VIVO and consider its future.  if you are a member and have not attended this meeting, I can not recommend it highly enough.  The two half-days are structured for interaction and action.  If you are a member, I hope to see you at the summit!  If you are not a member, I hope you will consider becoming a member and joining us at the summit next year.  Please see for more information.

New at the VIVO Conference this year.  This year, the conference is offering opportunities for institutional sponsors to support students and others to attend the conference through registration waivers.  Would you like to support attendance at the conference and promote your institution at the same time?  Consider institutional sponsorship of the VIVO conference.  See VIVO Conference Sponsorship Prospectus for this opportunity to sponsor the conference, help people attend, and promote your institution.

The VIVO Strategic Plan.  Back in December of 2014, VIVO finalized a two year strategic plan.  See VIVO Strategic Plan 2015-2016. The plan helps us make good choices about moving the project forward.  As times change, and the community changes, the needs of the community change.  The two year plan has served us well.  It is time to update the plan for 2017-2018.  The strategic planning process will begin at the summit with the members and the leadership group.  Dean B. Krafftwill lead a discussion of issues related to VIVO's future.  From there, we will continue the discussion in our interest groups, at our meetings, at the conference, and in final planning this fall.  By December we will have a final draft for review by the community and the governance groups.  And by January of 2017 we will be operating under a new plan.  You may wish to review the strategic plan to prepare for these conversations.  We hope to hear from you!

Notes on the George Washington University implementation. Justin Littman of GWU has written a great summary of the implementation of VIVO at the George Washington University, known as GW Expert Finder.  Justin addresses issues common to VIVO implementations.  Highly recommended.

Speaking of Implementation, the Implementation Interest Group call is this Thursday. New to VIVO?  Working on an implementation?  Where will you get data?  Who will be in your VIVO?  What tools will you use?  What policies will apply?  Can others use your data?  These and many other questions about VIVO implementations are addressed on the Implementation Interest Group calls.  The group will have a call this Thursday at 1 PM Eastern US time.  This is a great call for those new to VIVO.  Contact Paul Albert for more info.



Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director

VIVO Updates for March 6 -- Conference proposal deadline, OpenVIVO

Who presents at the VIVO conference?  You do!  There's a ton of great work going on in the VIVO community, and this is your opportunity to share what you have done.  The conference call for proposal deadline is March 14.  Proposals are welcome on all topics related to VIVO: outreach and engagement approaches, data management, constructing data flows, ontology extensions, local implementation issues, tools for ingest, reusing VIVO data, the semantic web, and projects related to VIVO and/or using VIVO data (there are many!)  The program committee is seeking proposals for workshops, panels, posters, and presentations.  Submit your proposal this week.

Are you a first time presenter?  Submitting a proposal is simple.  A 500 word abstract is all you need.

OpenVIVO at the VIVO conference.  Open VIVO is progressing nicely.  We expect a first demonstration at the Force16conference in Portland.  OpenVIVO will be demonstrated at the VIVO Conference.  Submissions to the VIVO Conference will be posted in the VIVO Conference collection on figshare.  See  If you don't have an ORCiD identifier for yourself, you should get one.  Will take you a 30 seconds.  It's free.  With an ORCiD identifier, you will be able to use OpenVIVO.  Presentation materials will be added to your OpenVIVO profile automatically from Figshare. 

Development call this Thursday. The Development Interest Group will have a call this Thursday at 1 PM Eastern US time.  We're always interested in having new people join the calls.  Contact Graham Triggs for more info.



Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director

VIVO Updates for Feb 28, 2016 -- first anniversary, upcoming meetings, Open VIVO

A first anniversary.  Tuesday will mark my one year anniversary as VIVO Project Director.  I am grateful for all the support I have received from you and from Duraspace.  Together, VIVO has made great progress.  I will have an annual report sometime soon and share the many things that have happened over the course of the year.  I want to take this opportunity to thank the VIVO members, the members of the Leadership Group, Steering Group, Committers Group, Interest Group Chairs, Task Force Chairs, Duraspacers, (and of course Graham!) and the many active members of the VIVO community who volunteer their time and effort, their ideas and interests, their talent and creativity, to making VIVO better.  I thank all of you!

Upcoming meetings and webinars.  Looks like a busy spring of events over the next two months.  If you will be attending any of these events, or will be in the neighborhood, let's plan to get together!

  • March 2-3.  Graham Triggs will be attending the JISC DigiFest in Birmingham, UK.  Planning to attend? Contact Graham! 
  • March 11. Second installment of the VIVO plus Share webinar series.  Andi Ogier from Virginia Tech will be speaking on "Institutional Perspectives on the Impact of SHARE and VIVO Together"
  • March 16-17.  The Duraspace Summit is a members meeting in Washington DC.  Graham and I will be there, along with the VIVO Leadership Group and Steering Group, and will meet with VIVO members and representatives from other Duraspace efforts – Fedora, Dspace, DuraCloud and other Duraspace services.  I look forward to spending time with the VIVO members.  Not a member?  It's easy to join.  See VIVO Membership 
  • March 21.  The third and final installment of the VIVO plus Share webinar series.
  • April 4-5.  CNI workshop at the CNI member meeting in San Antonio, TX.  I will be leading a discussion on the role of scientists and archives in the preservation and reuse of scientific data and metadata at the upcoming Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) spring member meeting in San Antonio, April 4-5.  Attending the meeting?  Please plan to attend the discussion and share your thoughts on this important topic.  Hope to see you there!
  • April 17-19.  The Force16 Conference in Portland Oregon.  We will be demonstrating Open VIVO.  See below, and hope to see you in Portland!
  • April 21.  Emerging Trends in Scholarly Publishing, Washington, DC.  Sponsored by Allen Press. I'll be speaking on scientific collaboration and scholarly communication.
  • April 28-29.  Southeast Asian Chapter of the American College of Pharmacology meetings in Mumbai, India.  Helping friends develop translational science.

Open VIVO call this Tuesday.  The Open VIVO Task Force will have its third weekly call this Tuesday at 1 PM.  Please join on WebEx.  We will be reviewing the project plan, discussing URI for Open VIVO, and open issues related to the project plan.  A high level view of the project plan can be found on the Open VIVO Task Force page in the VIVO wiki.  Here are 10 things the OpenVIVO task force is working on:

  1. Demonstration of a hosted VIVO that anyone can join
  2. Sign on via an ORCiD identifier and password
  3. Automatic ingest of publications from ORCiD
  4. Ingest of material from the Force16 collection at Figshare (extensible to any collection on Figshare)
  5. Real-time addition of publications to a faculty profile by specifying a DOI or PubMed ID
  6. Standard RDF for journals, dates, and organizations
  7. Use of FAST as a standard vocabulary for research areas
  8. Publication of Open VIVO data to GitHub
  9. Consumption of Open VIVO data in CTSA Search
  10. Demonstration of a controlled vocabulary for attribution  and contribution to scholarly works

Outreach and Engagement call this Thursday. The Outreach and Engagement Interest Group (OEIG, never looked at that acronym before, hmmm) will have a call this Thursday at 1 PM Eastern US time.  We're always interested in having new people join the calls.  Contact Julia Trimmer or Kristi Holmes for more info.



Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director

VIVO Updates for Feb 21 -- Griffith, Ontology, SHARE, CNI, Open VIVO, Apps and Tools

Griffith University in Brisbane Australia has finished a major upgrade to its VIVO-based information systems.  Formerly known as Griffith University Research Hub, the new system, Griffith Experts organizes more than 74,000 publications of Griffith in an attractive, easy to use portal.  Check it out!

Ontology workshop.  This past week I had the distinct pleasure to participate in a three day workshop on ontologies for the representation of social entities in biomedicine.  Sponsored by the Clinical and Translation Science Ontology Group (CTSOG), and chaired by Barry Smith of the University at Buffalo, and Bill Hogan of the University of Florida, the workshop considered the representation of social entities and documents using the Basic Formal Ontology (BFO) and the Information Artifact Ontology (IAO), both of which are used extensively in VIVO.  I presented on the use of ontologies in VIVO.  You can find my presentation on Figshare here. You can find my notes on the workshop here.  VIVO is a prominent example of the use of these ontologies.

VIVO SHARE webinar series.  SHARE and VIVO will be co-sponsoring a three part webinar series, VIVO plus SHARE: Closing the Loop on Scholarly Activity beginning this Wednesday.  Learn more about how SHARE and VIVO are collaborating on joint projects to enhance the scholarly ecosystem in both representation and reuse of metadata.  Webinars will be held February 24, March 11, and March 21.  All webinars are at 1 PM US Eastern time.  Register today!

CNI Workshop.  I will be leading a discussion on the role of scientists and archives in the preservation and reuse of scientific data and metadata at the upcoming Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) spring member meeting in San Antonio, April 4-5.  Attending the meeting?  Please plan to attend the discussion and share your thoughts on this important topic.  Hope to see you there!

Open VIVO call this Tuesday.  The Open VIVO Task Force will have its second weekly call this Tuesday at 1 PM.  Please join on WebEx.  We will be reviewing the project plan, discussing URI for Open VIVO, and open issues related to the project plan.  A high level view of the project plan can be found on the Open VIVO Task Force page in the VIVO wiki.

Apps and Tools call this Thursday. The Apps and Tools Interest Group will have a call this Thursday at 1 PM Eastern US time.  Interested in tools you can use with VIVO?  Writing a new tool using VIVO data? Or the ontology?  Calls often present new tools by their authors.  Contact Ted Lawless or Chris Barnes for further information.  For dates of upcoming VIVO calls and meetings, see the VIVO Calendar on the front page of the VIVO wiki.



Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director

VIVO Updates for Feb 14 -- Call for Proposals, Open VIVO Task Force, Intent to Merge

VIVO 2016 Conference Call for Proposals is open through March 14.  The VIVO conference will be held this year in Denver, Colorado, August 17-19.  The Call for Proposals is now open.  Propose a panel, talk, poster, or workshop.  In the past, we've had two calls for proposals – one for workshops and a second one for papers, posters, and panels.  This year, the calls have been rolled into one.  Have something you'd like to present?  Here's your chance.  Have someone you think should be invited to give a talk at the VIVO conference?  Wondering whether your proposal would be good for the VIVO conference?  Share your questions and ideas with the Program Chair, Manuel de la Cruz Gutierrez.  

Open VIVO.  The Open VIVO Task Force is up and running!  A big thank you to all who volunteered their time and effort to work on Open VIVO.  We have a team, a bunch of work to do, a project plan, a task force, and a first weekly call, this Tuesday at 1 PM US Eastern Time.  Want to help?  Join us on WebEx.  We will be going over the work plan, and the scope of six sub-projects: 1) infrastructure, 2) Journal and Organizational RDF, 3) Figshare ingest, 4) DOI ingest from CrossRef, 5) Attribution and Contribution ontology, and 6) Authentication via ORCid.  If any of that sounds interesting, please join the call!

Intent to Merge.  As you may know, VIVO is a project of Duraspace, financially supported through membership in Duraspace, a non-profit corporation, dedicated to open source software, and the preservation of the scholarly record.  In January, the boards of Duraspace and Lyrasis, also a non-profit corporation with open source projects and focused on library and cultural heritage organizations, announced their Intent to Merge.  This is a public declaration that the two companies are considering a merger, and doing the necessary due diligence to prepare for a final decision by the respective boards.  As a board member of Duraspace, I participated in the exploratory committee efforts leading to a recommendation to the Duraspace board that we move to Intent to Merge.  Lyrasis offers complementary strengths and the combined company could potentially improve its ability to support open source software, including VIVO.  You can read more about the Intent to Merge – boards are seeking feedback from the community.

Implementation Call call this Thursday. The Implementation Interest Group will have its call this Thursday at 1 PM Eastern US time.  This call is a great place to start if you are new to the VIVO community.  Questions about VIVO?  Are you starting a VIVO implementation?  Have you been asked to evaluate VIVO?  This group can help.  No experience with VIVO is required.  Calls discuss implementation basics, getting data into VIVO, and everything else you might want to know about having a VIVO at your institution.  Contact Paul Albert for further information.  For dates of upcoming VIVO calls and meetings, see the VIVO Calendar of the front page of the VIVO wiki.



Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director