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Jul 24

Join us at the annual VIVO Conference in Austin to connect with colleagues, new and old. This year's conference will continue the tradition of bringing together conference attendees with dynamic speakers.

VIVO is happy to announce this year's keynote speakers:

  • Carole Goble: Full Professor in the School of Computer Science, at the University of Manchester
  • Peter Fox: Tetherless World Constellation Chair, Professor of Earth and Environmental Science and Computer Science, and Director of the Information Technology and Web Science Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  

Along with these insightful keynote presentations, invited speakers include:

  • Dr. Paolo Ciccarese: Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Neuroscience at Massachusetts General Hospital; Senior Information Scientist, MGH Biomedical Informatics Core; Co-chair of the W3C Open Annotation Community Group
  • Katy Börner: Professor of Information Science, Indiana University
  • Elaine Collier: Senior Advisor to the Director, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

Come Meet The New VIVO Project Director

The VIVO team is proud to introduce Layne Johnson as the VIVO Project Director under Duraspace. Layne began this role on May 1, and is working full-time to help us bring VIVO to the next level. Layne will be attending the VIVO conference, and is looking forward to meeting members of the VIVO community.



And here are just a few topics you will see presented at this year's conference:

    - Creating Dynamic Micro Portals within VIVO

    - Enriching Researcher Profiles with Altmetric Data

    - Bringing Together Cancer Researchers in India and South Asia with VIVO

    - New Tools for VIVO Developers

    - ...And much more

Jul 7

The 2014 VIVO Conference and the VIVO Apps and Tools working group are sponsoring a competition for applications using data coming from VIVO systems to support research communities.


Applications can be written in any language. To qualify applications must:

  • Consume VIVO data (linked open data in the VIVO ontology!) from more than one VIVO site.
  • Be accessible from a single persistent URL, accessible on the public Internet without authentication.
  • Available as open source! via a standard open source license.

Criteria for Success

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Value to the research community.
  2. Functionality: The application performs as described.
  3. Presentation: The application is well organized and attractive.


The first prize winner will have registration refunded, receive a cash prize and will be awarded a plaque at a recognition ceremony during the conference. Second and third prize winners will receive certificates.


To submit your application, please send an email to Apps & Tools Working Group Chairs Ted Lawless ( and Christopher Barnes ( Applications are due July 31, 2014. Winners will be announced at the conference.

Submissions must include:

  • Names, academic degree(s), affiliations, and locations of all authors. Brief (500 words or less) description of the application and its value to scientists.
  • A URL for the application.
  • Instructions regarding operation. The judges will execute the application from the URL provided without assistance from the authors.

Additional Resources

VIVO uses Linked Data standards for data access via Resource Description Framework (RDF)!. See for more information regarding Linked Data, RDF and data processing.

VIVO enjoys a robust open source, open community space on DuraSpace at with content that supports implementation, adoption, and development efforts around the world. The VIVO software and ontology are publicly available at

For more information on the Apps and Tools Working Group please check out the wiki at

Jul 1

The VIVO Project is pleased to announce the release of VIVO 1.7.  The software can be installed by downloading either a zip or tar.gz file located on the download page at and deploying it to your web server for production use.Installation Instructions and an Upgrade Guide v1.6 to 1.7 are also available.

The VIVO 1.7 release combines new features with improvements to existing features and services and continues to leverage the VIVO-Integrated Semantic Framework (VIVO-ISF) ontology! introduced in VIVO 1.6.  No data migration or changes to local data ingest procedures, visualization, or analysis tools drawing directly on VIVO data will be required to upgrade to VIVO 1.7.

VIVO 1.7 notably includes the results of an ORCID Adoption and Integration Grant to support the creation and verification of ORCID iDs. VIVO now offers the opportunity for a researcher to add and/or confirm his or her global, unique researcher identifier directly with ORCID without the necessity of applying through other channels and re-typing the 16-digit ORCID identifier.  We anticipate that this facility will help promote ORCID iDs more widely and expand adoption for the benefit of the entire research community.

VIVO 1.7 also incorporates several updates to key software libraries in VIVO, including the Apache Jena libraries that provide the default VIVO triple store from Jena 2.6.4 to Jena 2.10.1.  This Jena upgrade does require existing VIVO sites to run an automated migration procedure for user accounts prior to upgrading VIVO itself.

The Apache Solr search library used by VIVO has been updated to Solr 4.7.2 and the programming interface to Solr has been modularized to allow substitution of alternative search indexing libraries to benefit from specific desired features.

The SPARQL web services introduced in VIVO 1.6 have been extended to support full read-write capability and content negotiation through a single interface. The ability to export or "dump" the entire VIVO knowledge base for analysis by external tools has also been improved to scale better with triple store size, as has the ability to request lists of RDF by type to facilitate linked data applications.

The VIVO 1.7 release also reflects feedback from the VIVO Leadership Group requesting a predictable pattern of one minor release and one major release each year. We anticipate releases in late spring/early summer and again in late fall to help adopters plan for release schedules and new features, and anticipate any changes that may affect local data ingest processes, visualizations, reporting, and/or data analysis.


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 incubator project under the DuraSpace umbrella.

How Does DuraSpace Help?

VIVO is a DuraSpace project. 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 business support services that include technical leadership, sustainability planning, fundraising, community development, marketing and communications, collaborations and strategic partnerships and administration.

Jun 30

Reserve your room now at the VIVO & SciTS Conference venue, the Hyatt Regency Austin, situated on the shores of Lady Bird Lake. Book your room by July 3rd to receive the discounted rate of $159.00 plus taxes for a single/double room. 

Click Here to make your reservation.  

Don't forget about the wide range of focused workshop opportunities, amazing invited and keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and fun networking events. Be sure to read more about the scientific program in the list of program sessions!

Haven't registered for the conference yet? No problem - Register today!

Jun 19

This year's VIVO conference will offer a wide range of focused workshop opportunities, engaging invited and keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and (as always!) fun networking events. With just one day left before the offer expires, it's your last chance to take advantage of the discounted early bird rate. Register before June 20th and save up to $100.  

The VIVO Conference is a must-attend event. Be sure to Register Today! 

Hyatt Regency
208 Barton Springs, Austin, TX 78704
August 6-8, 2014

Jun 17
Hyatt Regency
208 Barton Springs, Austin, TX 78704
August 6-8, 2014 

Conference Program Released!

The program is full of content to help you harness the full potential of research networking, discovery, and open research at-large. Workshops like: "Data Integration: Importing Data from External Systems into VIVO," "Research Impact: Evaluation, Metrics, and Altmetrics," "VIVO Data Federation and Visualization," and "Getting the most out of Profiles RNS," among many others, will guide you through topics related to efforts in areas like data acquisition and analysis, visualization, implementation, and more. 

This year's presentations, panels, and invited speakers enable you to personalize your VIVO experience and learn about cutting-edge topics by the experts. See a list of the 2014 presentations and posters now! You will leave with a greater understanding of VIVO and its capabilities, but also the value of supporting open-research practices.  

Early Bird Registration Ends this Friday, June 20thREGISTER TODAY!

With just three days left before the offer expires, it's your last chance to take advantage of the discounted early bird rate. Register before June 20th and SAVE up to $100! With engaging industry experts, breakout sessions, and fun networking events, the Fifth Annual VIVO Conference is a must-attend event. Be sure to Register Today!

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Jun 17



We invite you to attend a DuraSpace webinar 


Meet the VIVO Project Manager, Layne Johnson 


Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 11:30a.m.EDT


This May Layne Johnson joined the DuraSpace organization to serve as the VIVO Project Director.  Layne has begun working closely with the community and VIVO Steering Group to set the vision and long term roadmap for VIVO, the open source! semantic web! platform that enables research discovery.


In this webinar, Layne will share details about the VIVO Charter, activities of VIVO Workgroups, VIVO engagement, and the benefits of becoming members of the VIVO Community.  There will be something for everyone involved with VIVO, no matter if you're a seasoned VIVO aficionado or a recently minted VIVO newbie, like Layne. 


Please join us to see VIVO from the perspective of the Director's chair.

Register Now!
Best Regards,
Michele Kimpton
Chief Executive Officer,
Jun 10

Austin is the perfect setting for #VIVO14! The city's legendary reputation for live music, inspiring cuisine, and unique culture ensures that Austin has something for everyone to enjoy!

There is still time to register online.  Sign up by June 20th and save $100 off with the Early Bird registration rate. Don't Miss Out On Early Bird Registration!  Register now!

Need inspiration? Check out this awesome list of the 25 Best Things to do in Austin, TX. From renting a bike to explore the city to catching live music at venues like Emo’s, Stubb’s, ACL Live, or Mohawk or even attending the Austin Ice Cream Festival, Austin promises to be a great visit.

Jun 2

Authors are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations related to the Topics of Interest for the Fifth Annual VIVO Conference in August. For a copy of the full Late-Breaking Call for Posters, please visit All submission must be submitted through EasyChair by Monday, June 9th, 5:00 PM EST at

The VIVO conference is an excellent opportunity to meet with VIVO team members from participating institutions, and it 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. This year, the conference will be co-located with the Science of Team Science (SciTS) conference, and attendees will be able to freely attend both VIVO and SciTS presentations. Please visit for more information.

Contact Information

VIVO Conference Program - Program Committee Chair:

Logistics inquiries - VIVO Conference Manager:

Jun 1

VIVO for beginners – running a local VIVO installation and importing research information data: VIVO is an open source! tool based on linked open data concepts for connecting and publishing all research information within and across institutions. The hands-on bootcamp will focus on getting your own local VIVO installation up and running, and transforming and ingesting some real data, resulting in a working presentable system. Read more at

Expected time slot:

6 hours


People who are interested in or will be responsible for setting up and administering a local VIVO installation with local research information data


  • Basic UNIX/Linux/Windows system administration helpful, but not required
  • Basic knowledge of Linked Data concepts, ontologies, RDF, metadata, research information
  • Programming experience: Not required, but some basic knowledge and experience is always helpful


First Steps

  • Installing, configuring and running VIVO 1.6 on Linux
  • Installing and running Karma open source data manipulation tool on Linux, Windows

Bringing VIVO to life

  • Mapping research data (people, organisations, publications, projects, etc.) to the VIVO supported ontologies using Karma. The goal is to provide a valuable guide to best practices in modeling RDF data by utilizing the Karma data integration tool.
  • We will provide sample test data files, but participants are encouraged to bring their own local data. Type and format descriptions will be provided in advance.
  • Creating a local ontology! to accommodate for unique identifiers for people and organizations, necessary for modeling the data.
  • Importing the transformed RDF into VIVO


  • Extending the VIVO core ontology for local requirements: best practices and tools.
  • Customizing the VIVO template


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 incubator project under the DuraSpace umbrella.