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Apr 8

Are you ready to join an open source! software community that’s transforming the landscape for open scholarship? VIVO’s mission is to provide world-class open source software, standard data ontologies, linked open data, and services to our world-wide member institutions. VIVO is at the forefront of a rapidly emerging infrastructure for integrating and sharing information about researchers and scholars and their activities and outputs so as to promote data sharing, attribution, and teamwork within and across institutions. The outcome is a platform that enables discovery across a distributed network of institutions worldwide.

VIVO seeks a dynamic, creative, and innovative Technical Lead for the project. The VIVO Technical Lead will play a major role in a movement that will shape the future of scholarly discovery and collaboration.  The VIVO Technical Lead is a full-time position. Working collaboratively with the VIVO Project Director, accountable to the VIVO Steering Group, and employed by the non-profit DuraSpace organization, the Technical Lead will enable the VIVO community to accomplish its goals by fulfilling the following responsibilities:

Overview of Responsibilities

The VIVO Technical Lead will be responsible for providing leadership, technical guidance, coordination, and support to the open source community in its work to maintain, enhance, and evolve the VIVO software and ontology!, and to integrate community-produced apps and tools.  The Technical Lead will ensure that the VIVO software products fulfill the mission and strategic direction of the project and the needs of community members.  Additionally, the Technical Lead will lead the effort to ensure that VIVO implementation tools and application interfaces are made user-friendly and provide value “out of the box.”

The Technical Lead will foster an inclusive, welcoming, and open team environment, based on a meritocracy of committers, contributors, ontologists, documentation specialists, technical trainers, and other volunteer contributors.  S/he will recruit new members to the team from the larger community of volunteers.  S/he will organize events such as hackathons, training sessions, implementation fests, and the like to provide multiple on-ramps for new contributors.

The Technical Lead will organize development sprints and team meetings that are oriented towards incorporating all the work of the project – core development, apps and tools creation, ontology work, documentation, etc. – into an established release schedule.

S/he will attend VIVO Steering Group, Leadership Group, and Management Team meetings. The Technical Lead, working in partnership with the Project Director, will oversee a process of eliciting and documenting new use cases that will be gathered from the VIVO membership.  The process will include steps for surveying the community on feature priorities and will culminate in a published, evolving roadmap of future work that aligns with the VIVO strategic plan and value proposition.

S/he will coordinate technology activities among the Implementation, Development, Applications and Tools, Ontology, and Community Engagement Working Groups; identify, document, and communicate dependencies between working groups; and identify solutions to enhance cross-working group collaborations. The Technical Lead will provide support to technology Task Forces and will monitor their progress.

S/he will provide oversight and coordination of VIVO architecture work and ensure that VIVO core code, ontology, and applications and tools meet open standards; will work with the community to support ontology improvements, integrate community extensions and deliver applications and tools as tested optional extensions to VIVO; maintain code base infrastructure; and coordinate release management and testing activities.

S/he will work collaboratively with developers and stakeholders to create and maintain a technical roadmap and will collaborate on strategic planning. S/he will develop an understanding of the impact of technical decisions on budgets, timelines, and the sustainability of the VIVO open source project.

The Technical Lead will act as a technology spokesperson for VIVO, speaking and giving presentations at meetings, conferences, and other events.

The VIVO Technical Lead will coordinate project work by:

  • Facilitating scoping of project efforts, soliciting and approving technology Task Forces, and soliciting community participation;
  • Tracking the progress of Task Force deliverables within defined scope and time;
  • Tracking, reporting, and communicating project status, progress, and deliverables among technology teams;
  • Identifying, addressing, and/or escalating issues that pose risks to the project;
    Coordinating user acceptance testing within the community.

The VIVO Technical Lead will provide technical leadership, guidance, and support to VIVO Working Group leads and technology Task Forces in the following areas:

  • Software engineering;
  • Performance tuning;
  • Code refactoring;
  • Pull requests;
  • Ontology management;
  • System architecture;
  • Test writing;
  • Continuous integration testing;
  • Code documentation;
  • Release management;
  • Technical discussion on project email;
  • Project infrastructure (email lists, blog, vivoweb.org website, IRC, issue tracking, continuous integration, GitHub code repository, SourceForge file repository, VIVO wiki resources).

Skills and Competencies

Required:

  • Bachelors degree, preferably in computer science, or equivalent work experience;
  • Minimum of five years technical work experience;
  • Demonstrated leadership experience within a distributed open source team environment;
  • Demonstrated success in mentoring, developing, and empowering staff with a collaborative and open approach; successful collaborations within and across organizations;
  • Positive leadership style and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment; demonstrated initiative and flexibility;
  • Familiarity with academic institutions, research programs, and scholarly communication;
  • Ability to document processes and specifications; use of modern documentation strategies that are coupled to the code and services;
  • Fluency in the full stack of web-based technologies and architectures;
  • Experience with current and emerging data architectures and technologies;
  • Experience with linked-data technologies;
  • Proficiency with Java and web scripting languages;
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, including the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of technologists, researchers, managers, funders, and peers;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage expectations and priorities diplomatically among various stakeholders.

Desired:

  • Past experience with and knowledge of best practices and current trends and issues in the application of technology to libraries, research programs, and academic institutions;
  • Experience working with a diverse and international community;
  • Experience in a startup environment;
  • Knowledge of semantic web! and linked data technologies, SPARQL, RDF, OWL, relevant tools and APIs, and experience managing semantically annotated data, triple stores, and/or graph databases.

To Apply:  Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@duraspace.org.  Screening of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

DuraSpace is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing leadership and innovation for open technologies that promote durable, persistent access to digital data. We collaborate with scholarly, scientific, cultural, and technology communities by supporting open source projects and creating services to help ensure that current and future generations have access to our collective digital heritage.                                                      

DuraSpace is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.  We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, a work-from-home lifestyle, and a supportive peer group.  Significant travel is expected.

April 8, 2015
Read it online: http://duraspace.org/jobs
Apr 1

Authors are invited to submit abstracts for poster, panel, and paper presentations related to the Topics of Interest for the Sixth Annual VIVO Conference in August. For a copy of the full Call for Papers, please click here. All submissions must be submitted through EasyChair (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=vivo15) by Friday, April 24th 5:00 PM PST.

Join Us for VIVO 2015

The Sixth Annual VIVO Conference will be held August 12-14, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, overlooking Boston. The VIVO Conference creates a unique opportunity for people from across the country and 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 research information systems, VIVO-based tools, and the opportunities created by advancing data sharing and team science.

Follow the conversation on Twitter at #vivo15

Contact Information

VIVO Conference Program
Program Committee Chair: Melissa Haendel (haendel@ohsu.edu)

Logistics inquiries
VIVO Conference Manager: Rachael Hand (vivo@designingevents.com)

Mar 17

Good news! To accommodate ideas percolating at the VIVO Implementation Fest (iFest) this week, the VIVO Conference Planning Committee has decided to extend the Call for Workshops to accommodate priority areas identified at the event. All submissions may now be received through March 23rd.

Workshops will be taught on August 12th 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.

Download a copy of the full Call for Workshops, including submission details. All submissions must be received by Monday, March 23rd at 5:00 PM EST.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. We look forward to your submission.

Contact Information

VIVO Conference Program
Program Committee Chair: Melissa Haendel (haendel@ohsu.edu)

Logistics inquiries
VIVO Conference Manager: Rachael Hand (vivo@designingevents.com)

Mar 12

During the past two and a half months, the VIVO Strategic Planning Group has developed a prioritized written strategy document for the VIVO project. The plan highlights key goals and recommendations that specifically focus on increasing the engagement of the VIVO community, hiring a full-time VIVO Technical Lead to make the open source! development process more inclusive and transparent, and implementing a framework to increase productivity.

The Strategic Plan first defines a concise VIVO Value Proposition: “VIVO provides an integrated view of the scholarly work of an organization”. Each of the goals in the Strategic Plan is  aligned with the value proposition to ensure that the value of VIVO is enhanced to best meet the needs of the VIVO community.

Two critical goals are included in the plan. The first of these is to “Clarify and improve the VIVO value proposition” and calls for examination of the value that VIVO provides to stakeholders and improving VIVO to best meet the evolving needs of users.

The second high priority goal outlines actions to “Promote a more open and networked research ecosystem”. Proposed actions include developing stronger ties to initiatives in the networked research ecosystem and promoting improved data sharing through the use of common, interoperable data standards. Strengthening and formalizing VIVO’s relationships with ORCID, CASRAI, euroCRIS and CERIF, and CRediT are specifically recommended.

The plan was presented to the VIVO Leadership Group on February 20. The Leadership Group endorsed the value proposition, the hiring of a full-time technical lead, and the goals that are outlined in the plan.

In order to successfully implement the Strategic Plan, it is important that the wider VIVO community and its leaders engage and endorse the plan to ensure that all work undertaken by the community aligns well with strategic project goals and priorities.

As an open source project, the sustainability of VIVO depends on the active participation of VIVO community members. The success of VIVO is the responsibility of the community, and so it is important that the needs of the community are effectively communicated to the Leadership Group and the Steering Group.

The Strategic Plan can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/1BHT3rz. Questions and comments about the plan may be directed to Contact: Dean B. Krafft VIVO Steering Group chair or Jonathan Markow, DuraSpace CSO.

March 12, 2015

Read this press release online: http://bit.ly/1FbXegq
Contact: Dean B. Krafft or Jonathan Markow

Mar 9

We are pleased to announce that DuraSpace and the VIVO Steering Group have appointed Dr. Mike Conlon, University of Florida and member of the DuraSpace Board of Directors, as the new VIVO Project Director. He will begin in his new role immediately, working closely with the community and steering group to set the long term roadmap for VIVO, the open source! semantic web! platform that provides an integrated view of the scholarly work of an organization.

As VIVO Project Director, Dr. Conlon brings key relevant experience and skills to the challenge of leading the community through implementation of the 2015-2016 VIVO Strategic Plan. As Co-director of the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute, his responsibilities include strategic program development, development of medical informatics, expansion and integration of research and clinical information resources, and strategic planning for academic health and university research. Previously, Dr. Conlon served as PI of the VIVO project from 2009-2012, leading a team of 120 investigators at seven schools in the development, implementation and advancement of the VIVO open source, semantic web application for research discovery. Dr. Conlon has served as Chief Information Officer for the University of Florida Academic Health Center, Co-Lead for the implementation of PeopleSoft at the University of Florida, and as collaborator and biostatistician on hundreds of research grants and projects.

He earned his Ph.D. degree in Statistics from the University of Florida, undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Economics from Bucknell University, and is the author of over 200 scholarly publications and presentations.  His current interests include enterprise change, organizational issues in the adoption of information technology, and the development of research capacity across the translational spectrum.

The DuraSpace and VIVO project teams would like to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Conlon in his new role as the VIVO Project Director, and look forward to his contributions to the broad, collaborative VIVO movement that will shape the future of research discovery and collaboration.

DuraSpace and VIVO will further add to the project’s staff by hiring a dedicated Technical Lead for the project to help meet the goals articulated in the VIVO Strategic Plan. The Technical Lead search will be announced in the coming days and the job posting will be made available through community lists and web sites.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 9, 2015
Read it online: http://bit.ly/1BYrUk6
Contact: Dean B. Krafft or Jonathan Markow 

Feb 24

The Sixth Annual VIVO Conference will be held August 12-14, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, overlooking Boston. The VIVO Conference creates a unique opportunity for people from across the country and 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.

2015 Call for Workshops now open!
Don't forget to submit your workshop proposal for the Sixth Annual VIVO Conference in August. Workshops will be taught on August 12th, 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.

Download a copy of the full Call for Workshops, including submission details. All submissions must be received by Monday, March 16th at 5:00 PM EST.

Follow the conversation
on Twitter at #vivo15.

Contact Information

VIVO Conference Program
Program Committee Chair: Melissa Haendel (haendel@ohsu.edu)

Logistics inquiries
VIVO Conference Manager: Rachael Hand (vivo@designingevents.com)

Feb 20

Here’s an update on the 2015 VIVO I-Fest from the I-Fest Planning Team

If you haven’t registered for the 2015 VIVO I-Fest, being held March 16-18 at Oregon Health and Science University, in Portland Oregon, Please use this link to register.

The I-Fest provides a great opportunity to meet people who are new to the VIVO community and to network with other community members who have been associated with VIVO for several years. It's a great place to learn new things and share your experiences (and challenges) with others.

Some of the topics that will be covered during the I-Fest include:

  •  Data standardization with the VIVO-ISF
  • Integration of data and systems
  • Visualizing VIVO data
  • Following the VIVO trail end-to-end
  • Finding and engaging your local VIVO community       

There will also be a panel discussion to cover “Ingesting data into VIVO” which will serve as a great place to ask your ingestion related questions.

 Several tutorials will also be offered: 

  • Extending the ontology!
  • Spinning up a VIVO instance
  • Connecting with other systems
  • Visualizing VIVO data
  • Keeping your VIVO current
  • Querying VIVO for reporting and visualization

On March 18th, there will be time for small group to do deep dives on any topic of interest - we will have one session focused on ontology work, but we welcome groups getting together on other topics such as ingestion tools, integration, visualization, etc.

To learn more about the I-Fest, visit http://goo.gl/wdOwMf

There is no registration fee to attend the I-Fest, but we do ask you to register because there is a limit to the number of people that can be accommodated.  

Please use this link to register.

If you have any questions about the I-Fest, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Melissa Haendel, OHSU 

Nicole  Vasilevsky, OHSU

Michael Conlon, UFla

Jon Corson-Rikert, Cornell University

Dave Eichmann - University of Iowa

Don Elsborg, University of Colorado, Boulder

Shahim Essaid, OHSU

Paul Friedman, Northwestern University

Eric Garbin, University of New Mexico

Violeta Ilik - Northwestern University

Layne Johnson, DuraSpace & VIVO

Ted Lawless, Brown University

Brian Lowe, Ontocale

Paul Thompson, Dartmouth

Julia Trimmer, Duke

Alex Viggio, Symplectic

Feb 4

The Sixth Annual VIVO Conference will be held August 12-14, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, overlooking Boston. The VIVO Conference creates a unique opportunity for people from across the country and 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.

2015 Call for Workshops now open! We invite all interested parties to submit workshop proposals for the Sixth Annual VIVO Conference in August. Workshops will be taught on August 12th 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.

Download a copy of the full Call for Workshops, including submission details at
http://cts.vresp.com/c/?DoodleDesignInc./4ef958b704/TEST/4dddd2e0e9 . All submissions must be received by Monday, March 16th at 5:00 PM EST.

Follow the conversation on Twitter at #vivo15 - http://cts.vresp.com/c/?DoodleDesignInc./4ef958b704/TEST/e76fbd5014/q=%23vivo15&src=typd

CONTACT INFORMATION

VIVO Conference Program

Program Committee Chair:  Melissa Haendel ( haendel@ohsu.edu )

Logistics inquiries

VIVO Conference Manager: Rachael Hand ( vivo@designingevents.com )

Jan 21

We're excited to invite you to the 2015 VIVO implementation Fest (i-Fest) where it doesn't matter if you're a seasoned VIVO aficionado or someone who's just begun to learn about VIVO! There will be something of interest for everyone, and the i-Fest is a wonderful way to meet other people who are part of VIVO's open-source community. We're in the initial planning stages and have identified some exciting themes where you'll be able to learn things ranging from basic concepts about the VIVO-ISF ontology! to making VIVO work with other applications. We're hoping that you can join us in Portland, Oregon so mark your calendars now!

Registration: There is no registration fee, but you will need to register for the i-Fest.  Please use this link to register. Registration is on a first come, first served basis because the number of attendees that we can accommodate is limited.

We're looking forward to seeing you,

The VIVO i-Fest Planning Group

Dates 

March 16-17, 2015 with optional working contribution sessions on March 18, 2015.

Venue

The 2015 VIVO Implementation Fest is being hosted by the Oregon Health and Science University Library in Portland, Oregon. Set high on a hill above the city and reachable by tram, OHSU will be great venue for this event, not least because of the eclectic food and cultural attractions of Portland itself.

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Program Themes

  • The semantic foundations of VIVO and the VIVO-ISF ontology
  • Understanding the VIVO application and how it’s typically used
  • Learning how to deploy VIVO
  • Data integration and interoperability with common research tools
  • Using the VIVO-ISF ontology for data ingest and search within the VIVO application
  • How to query for data to use in visualizations and other tools

Accommodations and Travel Information

  • Fly into Portland International Airport (PDX), take Max Light Rail Service or taxi
  • Recommended hotels are listed below and on the 2015 VIVO I-Fest Logistics page
  • Tram up to OHSU for the meeting (or cab or bus)

Suggested Hotels

River’s Edge

  • OHSU promotional rate of $133/nt is available
  • http://www.riversedgehotel.com/
  • Convenient transportation to OHSU: Tram, cab
  • Restaurant options nearby: Aquariva

Residence Inn 

Paramount Hotel

  • rates start at $129/nt
  • http://www.portlandparamount.com/
  • Transportation to OHSU: Bus, cab, streetcar to tram
  • Restaurant options nearby: Numerous downtown restaurants

Hotel Lucia

 

  • rates start at $144/nt
  • http://hotellucia.com/
  • Transportation to OHSU: Bus, cab, streetcar to tram
  • Restaurant options nearby: Numerous downtown restaurants
Jan 14

The Leadership Group for VIVO is now in place for 2015. The Leadership Group plays a key role in setting the strategic direction and priorities for VIVO through:

  • Establishing community direction
  • Approval of the annual budget
  • Approval of the project roadmap

To see a list of individuals who have committed to serve on the VIVO Leadership Group, please visit goo.gl/yZLXHR

The formation of the Leadership Group is part of the new governance model being adopted for all DuraSpace projects. VIVO began to adopt this model during the 2nd half of 2014 through the adoption of the VIVO Charter and establishing its leadership structure.  

The governance model is community-based and VIVO depends on three governing groups: the Leadership Group; the Steering Group; and the Management Team. Each group has varying levels of responsibility: the Leadership Group approves strategy and budget recommendations; the Steering Group provides strategic and operational oversight to the project and makes recommendations to the Leadership Group; the Management Team provides strategic and tactical guidance to ensure that actions identified in the VIVO Strategic Plan are executed and that project priorities are addressed. The Management Group also provides operational information, raises issues, and makes recommendations to the Steering Group.

The DuraSpace, and thereby the VIVO Governance Model relies solely on the participation of representatives of our open source! community.

Eligibility to serve on the VIVO Leadershp Group is determined by participation in the DuraSpace Membership Program. Member organizations who have made the greatest commitments (financial or in-kind staff commitments) to the project qualify for membership on the Leadership Group and have voting privileges. The Leadership Group is comprised of individuals from organizations that have contributed at that highest membership and corporate sponsorship levels and/or from institutions contributing in-kind resources at approved levels. There are also elected representatives from the lower membership levels (Bronze $2,500, Silver $5,000, and Gold $10,000) who serve on the Leadership Group.

For a summary of information about the VIVO governance model, please visit the VIVO governance page.