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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

Follow the conversation on Twitter at #vivo15

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)
Apr 22

Don't Forget to Submit to the 2015 Call for Papers -- 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 by Friday, April 24th 5:00 PM PST.

Follow the conversation on Twitter at #vivo15

Apr 22

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

Don't Forget to Submit to the 2015 Call for Papers

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 by Friday, April 24th 5:00 PM PST.

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 early to get the lowest rate!

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

Just Announced: 2015 VIVO Conference Workshops

All Workshops take place on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 and are just $225 each. Click Here for workshop descriptions.

Morning Sessions (8:30am - 12:00pm)

  • Workshop 1: Ontology Editing and Creating Semantic Applications
    Presenters: Rebecca Younes, Jon Corson-Rikert and Jim Blake, Cornell University
  • Workshop 2: Getting More From Your VIVO: Generating Reports and Functional Datasets For Analysis
    Presenters: Mike Conlon, University of Florida; Shahim Essaid, OHSU; Melissa Haendel, OHSU; Kristi Holmes, Northwestern
  • Workshop 3: Introduction to VIVO: Planning, Policy, and Implementation
    Presenters: Julia Trimmer, Duke University; Liz Tomich, University of Colorado-Boulder; Michaleen Trimarchi, Scripps Research Institute; Robert McDonald, Indiana University; Paul Albert, Weill Cornell Medical College

Afternoon Sessions (1:00pm - 4:30pm)

  • Workshop 4: Altmetrics 101 - Hands on Introduction to Altmetrics
    Presenters: Andrea Michalek, Plum Analytics; Stacy Konkiel, Altmetric
  • Workshop 5: Awesome Apps to Enhance Your VIVO
    Presenters: Violeta Ilik, Northwestern University; Alexandre Rademaker, Fundação Getulio Vargas & IBM Research; Chris Barnes, University of Florida; Ted Lawless, Brown University; and Jim
    Blake, Cornell University
  • Workshop 6: Managing Your Data Flows: Architecture and Data Provenance for Your Institution
    Presenters: John Fereira, Cornell University; Violeta Ilik, Northwestern University; Alex Viggio, Symplectic Ltd.

Register now and plan to join us in Cambridge, MA!

Are You looking to Get More Involved?

If you would like to get involved in the conference, we would like to invite you to participate as a Sponsor. Please visit the Sponsorship Prospectus for more information.

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)