Updated VIVO Website tells VIVO Story

Winchester, MA.  November, 18, 2015.  The VIVO Project launched a new website today ( focused on telling the VIVO story, and simplifying access to all forms of information regarding VIVO.

Short videos tell the VIVO story -- how VIVO is connecting data to provide an integrated view of the scholarly work of an organization, how VIVO uses open standards to share data, and how VIVO is used to discover patterns of collaboration and work within and between organizations.

Using a clean web design, the new site minimizes navigation and provides easy access to product information and participation in the VIVO open source community.  Using a mobile-first approach, the new site displays well on phones, tablets and computers.

In addition, the new website highlights partners, project members, service providers, and provides a registry of VIVO sites.

We hope you enjoy the new site and look forward to your feedback.

NOW AVAILABLE: VIVO 1.8.1 — Improved Performance and New Visualizations

Winchester, MA On November 10, 2015 VIVO 1.8.1 was released by the VIVO team. This new release offers users vastly improved performance, new and better visualizations, as well as bug fixes.

Full release notes are available on the VIVO wiki.

Performance improvements

Users should see up to 75% reduction in time to display profiles compared to VIVO 1.8, and a 30% reduction compared to VIVO 1.7. These findings have been observed on both small data sets (200 people, 3,500 articles), and large data sets (4,500 people, 40,000 articles). Most profiles - even large/complex profiles - display within approximately two seconds.


The ability to examine the VIVO network from many points-of-view is at the heart of connecting researchers, ideas and resources. VIVO 1.8.1 offers users new and improved visualizations that make it easier to “see” formative research as it emerges at individual, institutional and topic levels. Click here to see an example of the new Visualizations in 1.8.1

New Javascript based versions of Co-Author and Co-Investigator are networks available. These new visualizations do not require Flash and display on mobile devices such as phones and tablets.

All visualizations have significant performance improvements. Maps of Science, Temporal Graphs and Co-author and Co-Investigator networks now all complete in just a few seconds. The very largest Maps of Science may require up to two minutes to complete.

Additional Improvements

New AltMetric badges are enabled on publications by default, providing direct link to AltMetric information regarding the publication.

Additional improvements reduce time and resource usage for indexing and inferencing. More than a dozen have been made to improve user experience.

We look forward to hearing from you about VIVO 1.8.1. Please contact VIVO Tech Lead Graham Triggs with questions, suggestions and feedback: <>.

About VIVO

VIVO is an open source, open ontology, open process platform for hosting information about the interests, activities and accomplishments of scientists and scholars. VIVO supports open development and integration of science and scholarship through simple, standard semantic web! technologies. VIVO was originally funded by Cornell University and the National Institutes of Health (U24 RR029822) and is currently a community-supported project under the DuraSpace umbrella.

How Does DuraSpace Help?

The DuraSpace organization is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit providing leadership and innovation for open technologies that promote durable, persistent access and discovery of digital data. Our values are expressed in our organizational byline, "Committed to our digital future."

DuraSpace works collaboratively with organizations that use VIVO to advance the design, development and sustainability of the project. As a non-profit, DuraSpace provides technical leadership, sustainability planning, fundraising, community development, marketing and communications, collaborations and strategic partnerships, and administration.

Introducing the VIVO Community Pages

Hidden treasures are even better when they are discovered. The VIVO community wiki pages are one of those treasures. This section of the DuraSpace wiki offers the VIVO community a wealth of information, best practices and valuable resources that can assist institutions in implementing, managing and sharing VIVO data and resources. Here are highlights of what you will find in the VIVO Community pages.


Considering VIVO

If you are thinking about or planning a VIVO implementation you will find a concise overview of VIVO features and functionality here including FAQs, slide presentations, recordings, historic information and more.


Planning a VIVO Implementation

A common VIVO process question arises once a university decides to take the next step. How do institutions assess the effort and resources that will be required to implement VIVO, even though the open source software is freely available?  How long will it take; what kind of people are needed; how much does it cost; where do I start, and; is there a sample plan for implementing VIVO?  A recent task force, led by Violeta Ilik from Northwestern University, addressed these and other questions. As a result of their efforts an entirely new section of the Community VIVO wiki, Planning a VIVO Implementation has been added to the VIVO Community pages. This section describes the planning steps required to implement VIVO and includes suggestions for all aspects of the process–project management, outreach and community engagement, data management, and technical development in perspective, with sections devoted to analysis, design, implementation, launch and maintenance for each.


Event Calendar, Events Organized by the VIVO Community, Conferences Attended and to Attend

These three sections help you plan your participation in the active VIVO community that is working on many simultaneous fronts all at once. Tracking past and upcoming meetings and events are facilitated by these sections:

The VIVO Event Calendar is the place to check to keep up to date with community online meetings and events.

Upcoming and past face-to-face community events with links to more information can be found in Events Organized by the VIVO Community section.

External events and conferences where VIVO is planning to have a presence are summarized in Conferences Attended and to Attend.


Adoption Materials

Useful, printable materials and resources to help you share information about the dynamic VIVO platform and community it serves help you “make the case for VIVO” within your institution or at meetings and conferences here.


Email listservs

Keeping in touch with VIVO colleagues who share your interests is the subject of the Email listservs page where you will find links to information about how to join a list. The listservs focused on relevant aspects of VIVO community activity of interest may be found here.


Sites Implementing VIVO

"Who’'s using VIVO" is a key question for institutions who are considering adding VIVO to their software stack. This up-to-date list of 26 institutions who have production VIVO sites and 86 more that are in various stages of implementation will be of interest here.


Social Media

If you are interested in following recent VIVO news and community achievements as a way of keeping up with what’s going on, then check in on VIVO social media here. VIVO maintains Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages.


Branding, Logos, Templates, and Identity Guidelines

Do you need the VIVO logo for a presentation or poster you are preparing? This page has links to VIVO logos, Guidelines for their use and a Powerpoint template here.


Maintaining the VIVO Wiki

"Wiki gardening" or "weeding" the corpus of 1700 VIVO wiki pages is an ongoing organizational and maintenance task that the community can be particularly helpful with. Here are some guidelines if you are inspired to help make the VIVO wiki an even better community resource.

#VIVO15 conference materials now in figshare!

We are delighted to partner with figshare to make #VIVO15 presentations openly available through their new figshare for institutions service. This makes the terrific work of the VIVO community more accessible than ever in a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. Moreover, the materials are now persistent and citable with a DOI. Our sincere thanks to the figshare and Digital Science teams for their work to make this possible!

-- Kristi Holmes & Melissa Haendel, 2015 VIVO Conference Chair & Program Chair

We've invited figshare to share some information about their new figshare for institutions service and the benefits it offers to the VIVO community:

The recent launch of figshare for institutions will see the complete figshare codebase move over to a much more flexible system so that all those who use figshare can make use of new functionality such as ‘embargos’ and ‘collections’. To date, we have focused our features on keeping life simple for academics, whilst giving both the end users and the institutions complete control over their files. We have also supported publishers in their need for new infrastructure to host an ever diversifying and growing number of research outputs. The new codebase however, allows a lot more flexibility to provide solutions to any party looking to better manage and disseminate academic content.

The first of these areas is academic conferences. The figshare team was in attendance at the recent VIVO conference in Boston and took the opportunity to discuss a potential portal with Mike Conlon (VIVO Project Lead) and Kristi Holmes (VIVO15 Conference Chair). As a tribute to the high regard figshare and the entire Digital Science portfolio holds for the VIVO community, we decided to pilot using the new figshare portals as a great way to manage and expose the products of the conference. This can include abstracts, posters, presentations and even videos of the talks. Conferences are a fantastic source of academic outputs, from forward thinking abstracts to cutting edge research in posters. For the most part, this is captured on conference websites which aren’t necessarily visited much after the conference itself. By supporting the persistent storage of these outputs, conferences can have useful record of all of the outputs presented each year. As with all public figshare outputs, the files are previewable in the browser and everything is persistent and citable with a DOI.

We are continuing to collect content for the conference. If you have posters, presentations, associated with this years highly successful VIVO event that you can email them to . In the meantime, you can check our progress with VIVO 2015 instance here!

Our new portal designs mean that the logo and branding can be matched up with the year’s theme of location. The portal has lots of filters so conference organisers can see which are the most popular posters and presentations, while making all of the content citable. Going forward, preserving a copy of record of the annual conference will be easy. Each year a new filter and landing page can be added so that each annual conference can have it’s own persistent record.

If you are running an academic conference and would be interested in piloting the new functionality, or if you have any other interesting use cases for our new portals, do reach out and let us know. Alternatively, If you would like to hear more about how we can satisfy funder mandates on open data, or to see how ‘figshare for institutions’ could be a good fit at your University or College, please get in touch via or via twitter, facebook or google+.


Jim Blake: Dedication and Talent Marked Tenure as VIVO Software Developer

Winchester, MA

On Sept. 21, 2015 Graham Triggs took over as technical lead for the VIVO project. He took the reins from a team of talented developers that include the original VIVO developers-Jon Corson-Rikert, Brian Lowe, and Brian Caruso, many others who have contributed to VIVO as an open source project, and Jim Blake as the recent VIVO lead developer and release manager. As Jim Blake ended his official work with VIVO he paused to reflect on key accomplishments and changes during his tenure.

When Jim joined the VIVO project in 2009 as a quality control programmer it was emerging from inception and incubation at Cornell as a grant-funded enterprise. He recalls being enthusiastic about participating in a technical team that valued tasks related to ensuring that software was production-ready and easy to use.

VIVO Project Director Mike Conlon: "Jim has been steadfast in moving VIVO forward as an open and accessible software project through both coding and documentation; he has worked largely behind the scenes to improve structure and modularity, add key features such as internationalization, and encourage community involvement through patience and good humor."

Jim developed the first formal VIVO release process, related workflows and associated roles that were documented and repeatable. He wrote test scripts and established a continuous integrations server to encourage quality control. Blake appreciated being able to work on software development issues that he felt were important in order to advance community goals.

He suggests, "A major VIVO accomplishment beginning with the NIH award has been a transition away from a one-off artisanal software package to something that is more production- oriented and that can be used in a variety of settings."

Jim Blake wore several hats during his time with VIVO including that of VIVO release manager while also writing code-the equivalent of flying a plane while it's being built. He knew that he could contribute to making the code base more accessible to community developers by imposing or extracting an architecture to make whole sections replaceable. Much of Jim's documentation can be found on the VIVO wiki alongside many other community contributed documents.

In looking forward Jim said, "It's important to learn as much as possible from other open source projects while keeping in mind that VIVO project serves its own very unique community."

VIVO project colleagues, partners and friends extend heartfelt thanks to Jim Blake for his leadership, energy and vision, and wish him the best as he looks forward to the next phase of his career in library-focused information technology development.

JOIN VIVO Stories: Introducing People, Projects, Ideas and Innovation

The Telling VIVO Stories Task Force is underway! The task force goal is to grow our open source community and actively engage with its members by sharing each others stories. The first three stories are now available to inspire and answer questions about how others have implemented VIVO at their institutions:

Does this effort look interesting? Do you have a story to share? Great! We invite you to consider joining VIVO storytellers.

The Telling VIVO Stories Task Force increases interactions and builds deeper connections among community members by encouraging the development and distribution of stories about innovative VIVOs. The stories are generated from interviews conducted by members from other VIVO institutions using a simple set of questions.

Once the stories are approved they are published widely throughout the VIVO and DuraSpace communities. This growing corpus of real-world examples will make it easier for new VIVO users to learn more about how other community members went about implementing VIVO.

“Telling VIVO Stories” Task Force objectives:

  • Increase engagement of  VIVO community members through the familiar process of storytelling;
  • Develop more and deeper connections among and between VIVO community members and beyond; provide an avenue for community members to develop personal relationships;
  • Generate awareness, interest, and participation of the wider VIVO and open source community by "connecting the research dots" about the activities and accomplishments of VIVO community members and institutions in the emerging research data landscape

Please join us in sharing the energy, enthusiasm and good ideas of the VIVO community. Contact Julia Trimmer, Telling VIVO Stories Task Force chair < >.

Telling VIVO Stories at Duke University with Julia Trimmer

“Telling VIVO Stories” is a community-led initiative aimed at introducing project leaders and their ideas to one another while providing details about VIVO implementations for the community and beyond. The following interview includes personal observations that may not represent the opinions and views of Duke University or the VIVO Project. Carol Minton Morris from DuraSpace interviewed Julia Trimmer from Duke University to learn about Scholars@Duke.

What’s your role with VIVO at your organization or institution?

I previously worked as a business analyst and project manager in a development group in Duke’s health system. We developed faculty systems for the Duke School of Medicine and integrated institutional data into those systems. I joined the Provost’s Office in 2007 and we created a faculty appointments system by merging data from two legacy systems. The day after we rolled out that system, we started planning what we called the “faculty activities” system. We spent six months looking at available tools and talked to several vendors -- they all mentioned compatibility with VIVO. We liked VIVO, especially that it was open source and multi-institutional. We went to the first VIVO conference six years ago and never looked back.

Tell me a little about your organization or institution.

Duke University has been a private research university for more than a hundred years. We enroll 6,500 undergraduate and 8,000 graduate students from almost every state and many foreign countries. Our faculty are incredible -- many are doing interdisciplinary work in very disparate fields -- and they are leaders in teaching, research and patient care. We are enthusiastic about supporting their work and honored to help bring their scholarship to the world through Scholars@Duke. We have established a responsive outreach and engagement program featuring multiple solutions for our diverse Duke faculty community that can be found on the Scholars@Duke support page.

Why did you decide on VIVO?

The core VIVO value proposition: “VIVO provides an integrated view of the scholarly work of an organization,” reflects Duke’s values that include a commitment to free access to shared knowledge as well as ongoing outreach, service and volunteerism. We like VIVO’s semantic web technology, the community spirit of collaboration, and a shared sense of contribution to global knowledge and research. Scholars@Duke supports Duke’s open access policy by linking to full-text publications deposited in our open access repository. VIVO’s linked and open data capability, the shared ontology, and the active global community all appeal to the leadership at Duke.

What were your requirements going in?

We had two existing systems that we wanted to replace, so we needed a new system with the same features. We wanted a system that was flexible enough for us to develop and contribute our own additions back to the community. Our developers had worked with open-source communities before, so we felt confident that we could make VIVO work at Duke.

What strategic organizational or institutional goals did VIVO help you meet?

Our key goal was to create public profiles for all Duke faculty in one system; these had to be both automated and customizable. Next, we wanted to share this data with Duke schools so that it populates faculty department profiles automatically. Finally, we want to support Duke’s Open Access Repository and help add full-text publications to it that can be linked to Scholars profiles.

What are your plans for VIVO in the future?

We are adding functionality to improve the subject headings/keywords that we add automatically as well as some advanced search features. Next, we’ll be working on CV functionality.

What is at the top of your VIVO “wish list?”

It would be great to have a search tool that searches all VIVO implementations. Cross site search will enhance profile discoverability and collaboration across all VIVOs.

What advice would you give to other organizations that are planning a VIVO implementation?

Start small with a particular initiative backed by engaged users, a research group or a department or school. It’s best to work with the leadership of your institution-- make sure that you are engaging with people at high levels of the institution including administrators and university librarians, and that you clearly articulate your goals. Start small and aim high. That means keep the first implementation simple but engage broadly across the institution.

DuraSpace Selects Gunter Media Group, Inc. as a Registered Service Provider for VIVO

Winchester, MA  Aug 26, 2015

Gunter Media Group, Inc., an executive management consulting firm that helps libraries, publishers and companies leverage key operational, technical, business and human assets, has become a DuraSpace Registered Service Provider (RSP) for the VIVO Project. Gunter Media Group, Inc.  will provide VIVO related services such as strategic evaluation, project management, installation, search engine optimization and integration for institutions looking to join the VIVO network.

"As a Registered Service Provider for VIVO, Gunter Media Group, Inc. will help ensure that institutions can fully participate in making research and institutional resources available for search, discovery, and analysis,” explained Jonathan Markow, CSO of DuraSpace. “We heartily welcome them to the RSP Program!”

VIVO, an open source, semantic web application and growing global community, is aimed at integrating and sharing information about researchers and institutions to support collaboration and discovery. As an incubated DuraSpace project, VIVO institutions and DuraSpace members now have a greater opportunity to develop related technologies and services across broad academic and scientific communities.

“We are very pleased to a be Registered Service Provider to the VIVO community.  We are looking forward to bringing forth our expertise in building, launching and enhancing the expert networks within the VIVO community,” says Darrell W. Gunter, President & CEO of Gunter Media Group, Inc.

About VIVO

VIVO ( is an open source, open ontology, open process platform for hosting information about the interests, activities and accomplishments of scientists and scholars. VIVO supports open development and integration of science and scholarship through simple, standard semantic web! technologies. VIVO was originally funded by Cornell University and the National Institutes of Health (U24 RR029822) and is currently a community-supported project under the DuraSpace umbrella.

About Gunter Media Group

Gunter Media Group Inc. (GMG, is an executive management consulting company with expertise in business, technical and staff development positioning our clients to achieve maximum growth. GMG specializes in “Big Data” projects utilizing semantic technology, discovery and data visualization. Our methodology focuses on the motto, “The client’s project is delivered on time and on budget”!   We have over 30 years experience in working with the top academic, government and corporate intuitions such as California Digital Library,  University of Toronto, Pfizer, National Institutes of Health, Los Alamos National Labs and Merrill Lynch.  We also have sold and launched many innovative industry leading products;  Dow Jones News Retrieval (Factiva), Elsevier’s ScienceDirect and Scopus, the Collexis Expert Profiles, Reviewer Finder and 

How Does DuraSpace Help?

The DuraSpace ( organization is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit providing leadership and innovation for open technologies that promote durable, persistent access and discovery of digital data. Our values are expressed in our organizational byline, "Committed to our digital future."

DuraSpace works collaboratively with organizations that use VIVO to advance the design, development and sustainability of the project. As a non-profit, DuraSpace provides technical leadership, sustainability planning, fundraising, community development, marketing and communications, collaborations and strategic partnerships, and administration.


The 6th ANNUAL VIVO CONFERENCE is fast approaching!

Below you will find a few details that should help you with your travels to the conference, what to do when you arrive, and ways to make the most of your time with us next week in Cambridge! Conference Dates: August 12 – 14, 2015

Join us for our planned Networking Events!

Wednesday, August 12
Welcome and Networking Reception5:00 PM – 6:00 PM 
Location: Empress Ballroom
Registration will be open outside of the Empress Ballroom during the reception.Thursday, August 13
Posters & Cocktails5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Charles View Ballroom

We’ve Gone Mobile!

The Guidebook App will bring everything you need to know about the conference schedule right to your phone! This convenient feature will ensure that you never miss an event. From your phone, you can easily look up when and where sessions and events are being held throughout the conference.

You can easily download Guidebook through the Apple App Store or Android Marketplace or visit Once you’ve downloaded the App, simply search for “VIVO”.

Tweet with Us!

We can’t wait to start our networking – but why wait until you arrive in Cambridge? Follow us on Twitter and tweet along with us by using our conference hashtag: #VIVO15. We’ll be sending important conference updates and information, and we encourage you to tell us what you’re looking forward to at the conference by tweeting. Follow us today!

Don't forget to also take advantage of our Birds of a Feather and Lightning Rounds

We have a limited number of rooms available for BoF sessions and Lighting Round talks. These informal discussions will focus on topics of interest decided upon by conference attendees. These sessions will be held in Thomas Paine, Haym Salomon and William Dawes on Thursday & Friday from 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM.

Current booked sessions include a European VIVO meet-up on Thursday and a 2016 VIVO Conference planning session on Friday.

You can sign up for the lightning round talks and reserve space for the BoF sessions at the conference registration desk. Presentations will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis – so don’t delay!

Calling All Sites!

We want to hear from you! We’re launching a brand-new featured session at the conference this year called “VIVO Around the World.” This session enables VIVO implementations and sites producing VIVO-compatible data to share their work. This will be a lightning session where we highlight projects and implementations from near and far. This session builds on the fun and success of the sharing sessions at the annual VIVO Implementation Fests.

Click Here for more details and to submit.

Still need to register? Onsite Registration:

Please stop by to collect your conference materials and name badge at
the conference registration desk located in the Workshop Foyer outside
of the Thomas Paine room on Wednesday and the President's Ballroom Foyer
on Thursday and Friday. Visit us during the following hours:

  • Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Thursday: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Friday: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Internet Access:

Wireless internet is available throughout all meeting space, sleeping
rooms, and hotel lobby area. Pre-conference workshops are also equipped
with wireless internet for all participants on Wednesday, August 12.

Hotel Check in and Checkout:

Hotel Check in is 4:00 PM and Checkout is 12:00 PM. Guests are
welcome to check out and store all luggage at the bell stand (located in
the main lobby) until their sessions are over.

Hyatt Regency Cambridge 
575 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139
TEL: +1-617-492-1234
Hotel Website:

Transportation Information:

Click here for more information about transportation to and from the hotel.

Hotel Parking:

Parking at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge is $45 overnight for valet parking and $38 overnight for self parking.

Dress Attire:

The attire for the conference is business casual. While we’re
expecting sunshine and warm weather in Cambridge, the meeting rooms are
often cool so we suggest that you be prepared for air conditioned
meeting rooms.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you! or +1-410-654-5525

....and we're off! #vivo15

The Sixth Annual VIVO Conference kicks off on Wednesday with a full day of workshops, followed by terrific plenary sessions and collaboration opportunities during the conference on Thursday and Friday. Read more about the conference at and don't forget to follow the conference on Twitter at #vivo15.

Key collaboration events include:

  • Welcome reception on Wednesday evening 5:00-6:00 PM in the Empress Ballroom
  • Networking Breakfasts in the Foyer on Thursday and Friday mornings from 7:30-8:30 AM
  • Poster Reception on Thursday evening 5:00-7:00 PM in the Charles View Ballroom (14th floor)
  • Birds of a Feather (BOF) Sessions over lunch on Thursday and Friday

Speaking of the BOFs, we have two sessions currently scheduled (below) and welcome additional sessions.  You can check the BOF schedule at the confernece registration desk. Remember the rooms are available on the first come-first served basis, so please see the Designing Events team at the conference registration desk if you'd like to schedule your own session!

  • Thursday: VIVOs in Europe
  • Friday: 2016 conference planning

Interested in attending? Stop by the registration desk at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge and we'll be happy to help you get registered.