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Jun 18

Early Bird Registration Ends Saturday...Don't Delay! Registration is open and the lowest registration is only available through June 19th. Register online today.

The $375 Early Bird registration rate is only available through June 19th.

  • Early Bird: $375; Now through June 19th
  • Regular: $475; June 20th - July 17th
  • Late: $575; July 18th - August 5th
  • Onsite: $625

*** REGISTER ONLINE TODAY at https://eiseverywhere.com//ehome/vivo2015/register

Conference Program Released

The 2015 program includes content that will help you harness the full potential of research networking, discovery, and open research at-large. This year's presentations, panels, and invited speakers enable you to personalize your VIVO experience and learn about cutting-edge topics by the experts.

View the list of 2015 presentations and posters now! You will leave the conference with a greater understanding of VIVO and its capabilities, as well as the value of supporting open-research practices.

Don't forget to register for a Pre-Conference Workshop!

Sign up to join us for:

  • Altmetrics 101 - Hands on Introduction to Altmetrics
  • Awesome Apps to Enhance Your VIVO
  • Getting More from Your VIVO: Generating Reports and Functional Datasets for Analysis
  • Introduction to VIVO: Planning, Policy, and Implementation
  • Managing Your Data Flows: Architecture and Data Provenance For Your Institution
  • Ontology Editing and Creating Semantic Applications

Check out the website for full details.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have any questions, please contact us at vivo@designingevents.com  or at +1 410-654-5525

Jun 16

...Don't Delay!
 Registration is open and the lowest registration is only available through June 19th. The 2015 program includes content that will help you harness the full potential of research networking, discovery, and open research at-large. This year's presentations, panels, and invited speakers enable you to personalize your VIVO experience and learn about cutting-edge topics by the experts. 

View the list of 2015 presentations and posters now! You will leave the conference with a greater understanding of VIVO and its capabilities, as well as the value of supporting open-research practices.  

Don't forget to register for a Pre-Conference Workshop!

Sign up to join us for:

  • Altmetrics 101 - Hands on Introduction to Altmetrics
  • Awesome Apps to Enhance Your VIVO
  • Getting More from Your VIVO: Generating Reports and Functional Datasets for Analysis
  • Introduction to VIVO: Planning, Policy, and Implementation
  • Managing Your Data Flows: Architecture and Data Provenance For Your Institution
  • Ontology Editing and Creating Semantic Applications

Check out the workshop descriptions for full details.

The $375 Early Bird registration rate is only available through June 19th.

  • Early Bird: $375; Now through June 19th
  • Regular: $475; June 20th - July 17th
  • Late: $575; July 18th - August 5th
  • Onsite: $625

*** REGISTER ONLINE TODAY at https://eiseverywhere.com//ehome/vivo2015/register

FOLLOW THE CONVERSATION

Follow the conversation on Twitter at #vivo15

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have any questions, please contact us at vivo@designingevents.com  or at +1 410-654-5525

Jun 16

Ina Blümel is acting professor at Hanover's University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HsH), Department of Information Management, and postdoctoral researcher at the Open Science Lab (OSL) of the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB). Her teaching and research focuses on e-Science, Research Information, Semantic Web, and Digital Libraries. Ina graduated from the Institute of Library and Information Science at Humboldt University of Berlin, where she completed her doctorate in 2013 on a topic about metadata for non-textual documents and Linked Data. She has worked in various internationally recognized projects, such as "Probado" (automatic indexing, retrieval and provision of non-textual documents) or "Linked Heritage" (metadata standards, linked data, persistent identifiers, multilingual terminologies in the context of the Europeana (project)). Since last year, she has integrated the topic VIVO and research information with linked data into her information management classes. Ina successfully integrates students in VIVO context, leading projects at HsH working as basis for OSL VIVO developments, such as "Open Science VIVO" for Leibniz Research Association Science 2.0. Ina reviews for several international conferences, i.e. International Conference on Knowledge Technologies and Data-driven Business (i-Know) or Metadata and Semantics Research Conference (MTSR).

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EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Registration is now open for the Sixth Annual VIVO Conference. The $375 Early Bird registration rate is only available through June 19th.

  • Early Bird: $375; Now through June 19th
  • Regular: $475; June 20th - July 17th
  • Late: $575; July 18th - August 5th
  • Onsite: $625

*** REGISTER ONLINE TODAY at https://eiseverywhere.com//ehome/vivo2015/register

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have any questions, please contact us at vivo@designingevents.com  or at +1 410-654-5525.

Jun 16

We are excited to welcome Justin Starren MD, PhD, FACMI as an invited speaker at this year's VIVO conference! Dr. Starren is founding Chief of the Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics, Deputy Director of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS) and Director of the Feinberg Center for Data Science and Informatics (CDSI). Dr. Starren's research focuses on the translation of computer and informatics research into real-world solutions. Dr. Starren was Co-PI and chief technology architect for the Informatics for Diabetes Education And Telemedicine Project (IDEATel)--the largest civilian telemedicine project ever attempted up to that time. Later, Dr. Starren turned his focus to the integration of genomic research and clinical computing as the lead informatician on the Wisconsin Genomics Initiative. Currently, Dr. Starren leads the EHR integration workgroup of the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) project, focusing on the integration of genomic decision support into clinical care. He also leads the doctoral programs in Health and Biomedical Informatics, serves on the university Big Data Taskforce and oversees a variety of bioinformatics, research computing, and data sciences for NUCATS. He is a member of the board of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.

New this Year at the VIVO Conference – Linked Open Data Contest!

VIVO is great at sharing data. Do you have data to share? Enter the VIVO linked open data contest. The winning team will be selected based on five star linked open data criteria, and will receive podium recognition at the conference. Look for details on application coming soon!

Early Bird Registration is Now Open

Registration is now open for the Sixth Annual VIVO Conference. The $375 Early Bird registration rate is only available through June 19th. Register here: http://vivoconference.org/

  • Early Bird: $375; Now through June 19th
  • Regular: $475; June 20th - July 17th
  •  Late: $575; July 18th - August 5th
  • Onsite: $625
Jun 16

...Don't Delay!
 Registration is open and the lowest registration is only available through June 19th 

The 2015 program includes content that will help you harness the full potential of research networking, discovery, and open research at-large. This year's presentations, panels, and invited speakers enable you to personalize your VIVO experience and learn about cutting-edge topics by the experts.  
View the list of 2015 presentations and posters now! You will leave the conference with a greater understanding of VIVO and its capabilities, as well as the value of supporting open-research practices.   
Don't forget to register for a Pre-Conference Workshop. Sign up to join us for Getting More from Your VIVO: Generating Reports and Functional Datasets for Analysis; Altmetrics 101 - Hands on Introduction to Altmetrics; Awesome Apps to Enhance Your VIVO; or any of the other informative Pre-Conference Workshops planned.

May 27

Working on a new project? Interested in sharing local research profiling or analysis efforts with attendees of #vivo15? We want to hear from you! Authors are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations for the Fifth Annual VIVO Conference in August. For details on the Late-breaking Call for Posters, please click here. All submissions must be submitted by Saturday, May 30th by midnight PST.

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EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Registration is now open for the Sixth Annual VIVO Conference. The $375 Early Bird registration rate is only available through June 19th.

  • Early Bird: $375; Now through June 19th
  • Regular: $475; June 20th - July 17th
  • Late: $575; July 18th - August 5th
  • Onsite: $625

*** REGISTER ONLINE TODAY at https://eiseverywhere.com//ehome/vivo2015/register

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have any questions, please contact us at vivo@designingevents.com  or at +1 410-654-5525.

May 27

We are delighted to welcome Dr. James Onken, Senior Advisor to the NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, to deliver a keynote talk at the 2015 VIVO Conference.

Dr. James Onken is leading a new NIH initiative to develop a semantic NIH Portfolio Analysis and Reporting Data Infrastructure (PARDI) that leverages community data and requirements, including those from the VIVO community.

Dr. Onken is Senior Advisor to the NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research and Director of the Office of Data Analysis Tools and Systems within the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER). He has been conducting portfolio analyses and program evaluations at the NIH for over 26 years, holding positions at the National Institute of Mental Health and National Institute of General Medical Sciences before moving to OER. Early in his career, he held positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Decisions and Designs, Inc., and the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Dr. Onken holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from Northwestern University, and an MPH with a concentration in biostatistics from George Washington University.

FOLLOW THE CONVERSATION

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EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Registration is now open for the Sixth Annual VIVO Conference. The
$375 Early Bird registration rate is only available through June 19th.

  • Early Bird: $375; Now through June 19th
  • Regular: $475; June 20th - July 17th
  • Late: $575; July 18th - August 5th
  • Onsite: $625

*** REGISTER ONLINE TODAY at https://eiseverywhere.com//ehome/vivo2015/register

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have any questions, please contact us at vivo@designingevents.com  or at +1 410-654-5525.

May 14

"Telling VIVO Stories" is a community-led initiative aimed at introducing project leaders and their ideas to one another while providing VIVO implementation details for the VIVO community and beyond. The following interview includes personal observations that may not represent the opinions and views of Brown University or the VIVO Project.

Julia Trimmer from Duke talked with the VIVO team at Brown University to learn about their VIVO story.

"What are your roles with VIVO at Brown?"

Andy Ashton oversees the Library group that maintains their VIVO system, called Researchers@Brown (vivo.brown.edu) and works with other groups across campus who are also involved with the system. Steve McCauley is a programmer who is 100% on VIVO. Ted Lawless, who was on vacation, is a programmer but also works on other projects. Jean Rainwater is the project manager and has been involved in the project since the beginning.

"Tell me a little about your organization or institution."

Brown University in Providence Rhode Island is a private university that just celebrated its 250th anniversary. Brown is a research university that's relatively smaller than most, with about 6,000 undergraduate and 3,200 graduate students. Brown was one of the first universities to implement an open curriculum, which many liberal arts colleges have adopted, and only relatively recently have they begun moving beyond their historical focus on undergraduate education to more including more research goals.

"Why did you decide on VIVO?"

They needed to replace a legacy faculty system which included a lot of out-of-date data and they hired a consultant to look at options. VIVO came up on top of that exploration.

"What were your requirements going in?"

Brown didn't want to get locked into a home-grown system and wanted to invest in a system that would last. There were different requirements at Brown; and "there was a kind of tension between users looking for public-facing research profile system and others looking more for the data to be used for other purposes" like reporting and assessment. Most liked VIVO's data-centric model and also that it was open-source and semantic web!-based.

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

Brown's goal for their VIVO is expressing, through the public-facing profiles, what the Brown researchers have been doing. Ted Lawless created a profile manager editing interface for Brown's VIVO implementation, which has been really successful for them.

Also, Steve did a lot of work to accommodate the output and scholarship of Brown's prominent and vocal faculty in the arts and humanities. Duke University's team has been a collaborator in this area. The response to this functionality was initially negative among humanities faculty but it's quieted down. The Brown team thinks that there are perceptions among the humanities faculty that VIVO is useful to the sciences but that it's not as applicable to them. Brown hired a person for six months who engaged with faculty and department managers before the launch, and the team feels that resource helped get faculty involved. Currently, more biomedical faculty than others are actively interested and engaged in Researchers@Brown.

"What are your plans for VIVO in the future?"

Brown has committed to ongoing development for Researchers@Brown. They will be integrating more sources for publications and adding integration with their digital repository. The team wants to make it very easy for researchers to display their data sets in their profile. They are working on structuring the textual data from their legacy system. They're also involved in a high-level assessment of campus data sources and governance; Researchers@Brown is part of that discussion, although it's not an authoritative source of much data.

The Brown team plans to continue working on their profile manager, making the interface more useful to faculty members and integrating it into other web frameworks. They would also like to share their profile manager code with other VIVO institutions who might like to use it.

"What is at the top of your VIVO "wish list?"

The Brown team's top priority for Researchers@Brown is to make it easy for researchers to edit their pages and to make the profiles easy to publish on the web. According to Steve, "if it's not doing that, it's not serving its purpose." They would like to run the public face of Vivo in a more manageable presentation layer, keeping the data and the ontology! as it is but adding more control over the display layer.

Congratulations to the Brown team for making Researchers@Brown such an amazing resource for discovering your faculty members! Be sure to check it out at vivo.brown.edu.

If you liked this VIVO story...
Consider telling another one. To find out how, go to "Telling VIVO Stories Guidelines" here. Questions? Read the "Telling VIVO Stories: Community Engagement Task Force Charge" or contact facilitator Julia Trimmer .

May 11

David Weinberger, Senior Researcher at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society

David Weinberger is a senior researcher at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society who writes about how the Internet is changing our ideas. He was co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, has been a Franklin Fellow at the US State Department and is a Harvard Shorenstein Fellow. He is a co-author of the bestseller, "The Cluetrain Manifesto." His latest book is "Too Big to Know." He has a Ph.D. in philosophy.

DON'T MISS THIS EXCITING KEYNOTE PRESENTER! REGISTER TODAY!

CALL FOR APPS OPENING SOON

Now is the time to try out that idea that uses data coming from VIVO systems to support discovery, visualization, reporting, collaboration and more. Each year, the VIVO conference sponsors a competition for software applications using VIVO data. The winner will receive an award and will be recognized during the conference. Start thinking of your submissions now and stay on the lookout for more information!

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Registration is now open for the Sixth Annual VIVO Conference. The $375 Early Bird registration rate is only available through June 19th.

  • Early Bird: $375; Now through June 19th
  • Regular: $475; June 20th - July 17th
  • Late: $575; July 18th - August 5th
  • Onsite: $625

*** REGISTER ONLINE TODAY at https://eiseverywhere.com//ehome/vivo2015/register

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have any questions, please contact us at vivo@designingevents.com  or at +1 410-654-5525.

May 5

We are happy to announce that VIVO v1.8 is now available with key features and improvements.

More modular architecture

The VIVO application is now partitioned into a main body and seven modules focusing on specific application-related functions including content persistence, application configuation, the search engine, the search indexer, reasoning functions related to the ontologies in VIVO, the system to store files such as uploaded images, and the tool to process uploaded images.  The modules provide well-defined interfaces, encouraging alternative implementations from the VIVO community.

Performance improvements

The time required for a full re-inferencing of VIVO's content has been dramatically reduced and rebuilding the search index is also faster in v1.8, due largely to reduced memory usage. VIVO v1.8 also starts up in about half the time required by VIVO v1.7.

Interactive management of "faux" properties!

VIVO v1.6 introduced the idea of faux properties, which provide improved specialization of property labeling and display on profile pages without adding new OWL properties to the VIVO-ISF.  VIVO v1.8 includes new pages for viewing and managing faux properties interactively.

Individuals represented by VCards

VIVO v1.8 supports the practice of representing otherwise unidentified co-authors and other people external to the host institution using VCard information, rather than as FOAF persons with VIVO pages in their own right until further information about their identity is known. In this way, the data model is not overwhelmed by co-authors, co-investigators, and other persons who are incidental to the institution.

Triple store flexibility

VIVO can be configured to use several different types of triple stores, but as of this release has only been extensively tested in production environments with Jena SDB, which remains the default configuration.  VIVO has an interface to a generic triple store that supports standard SPARQL query and update protocols, such as Jena TDB running either within the application or through an Apache Fuseki SPARQL endpoint.  VIVO also has recently been confirmed to run on Virtuoso via a SPARQL endpoint, but again has not been extensively tested with that triplestore.

Added schema.org markup

The HTML markup in profile pages now includes "microdata" tags that are recognized by most popular search engines. These tags allow the search engine to easily extract structured data from VIVO, improving the appearance of search results.

A new customization guide

The VIVO documentation now includes a guide entitled Changing the appearance of VIVO. Much of this information was already available in the VIVO wiki. It has  been curated, updated, and augmented with new customization techniques. This guide is available in the VIVO wiki, as a tree of 22 wiki pages. It is also included in the VIVO distribution, as a 118-page PDF document.

A new search index builder

The search indexer code has been re-written and re-designed, to make it more efficient, more maintainable, and more configurable. Most changes to the search index configuration can now be accomplished by changes to a runtime file.

Additional improvements

In addition to numerous bug fixes, changes were made to reduce duplication of CSS and JavaScript files, to improve display features and performance, to make VIVO compatible with Java 1.8, and to improve protection against cross-site scripting attacks and click-jacking.

...and a HUGE "thank you!" to the GitHub committers who contributed to this release:

  • Nate Prewitt (University of Colorado)

  • Graham Triggs, Alex Viggio (Symplectic)

  • Ted Lawless (Brown University)

  • Patrick McElwee (Duke University)

  • Brian Lowe (Ontocale)

  • Jim Blake, Huda Khan, Tim Worrall, Jon Corson-Rikert, Holly Mistlebauer (Cornell University)