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Aug 5

VIVO Caliente!

A few items for VIVO 2014

I didn’t have much time to sit in the Director’s Chair yesterday.  Like many people who are preparing for #VIVO14, I’ve been feeling like I’ve been playing “Whac-a-Mole” – a lot of different things to do to prepare for the VIVO Conference kept popping up.

There are a couple of things that I’d like to point out to those of you planning to be in Austin this week.  First, there will be a lot of focus on the VIVO-ISF ontology! and Data Standards (see blog post here).  Aside from a number of formal presentations and panels, you should also consider attending the Birds of a Feather VIVO-ISF ontology session with Melissa Haendel, VIVO Ontology Lead. It’s being held Friday, August 8 from 12:15-1:45 in Texas I. Come learn about what’s happening with the ontology, how to get involved, work efforts with various stakeholders, and projects of interest.  To follow ontology specific content on Twitter, use #VIVOISF! .

If you are new to the VIVO Community and would like to learn about becoming a member, a Birds of a Feather New Member session is being held from 12:15-1:15 in Texas III.  The session will focus on Member benefits and is geared to those individuals from organizations that are not currently Members.  If you’re interested in attending the session, Please RSVP to Layne Johnson at ljohnson at duraspace.org.

You’ll hear from some existing Members and you’ll have an opportunity to meet other new faces in the VIVO Community.

Last, but certainly not least, if you’re unable to be in Austin this week, we will miss you.  But, of course there will be plenty of people using Twitter, and you can follow at #VIVO14 .  

 

Here’s to a great week, virtually, or in Austin.  VIVO Caliente!

Jul 31

Symplectic Limited, a software company specializing in developing, implementing, and integrating research information systems, has become the first DuraSpace Registered Service Provider (RSP) for the VIVO Project. DuraSpace is a not-for-profit organization providing open technologies and services that promote durable access to digital data. Symplectic is a long-time supporter of the VIVO project, both as a founding sponsor and through continued support of the VIVO Conference  since it first began in 2010. Partnering with DuraSpace means Symplectic can provide VIVO services like installation, support, hosting and integration for institutions looking to join the VIVO network.

"As our first official Registered Service Provider for VIVO, Symplectic will help ensure that any institution, large or small, 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 especially pleased to have been chosen as the first official Registered Service Provider for VIVO”, says Jonathan Breeze, CEO of Symplectic. “Working closely with the DuraSpace and VIVO communities will help us better serve institutions that wish to join the VIVO network, but do not necessarily have the capacity to do so themselves.”

Symplectic at the Upcoming 2014 VIVO Conference, Aug. 4-8

Join Platinum sponsors Symplectic at the 2014 VIVO Conference in Austin, Texas! The Symplectic team will be on hand to meet with the VIVO community, learn about exciting discovery network developments, and discuss the ways in which they can help institutions that want to join VIVO.

About VIVO

VIVO (http://vivoweb.org) 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.

About Symplectic

Symplectic (http://symplectic.co.uk) is a world-leading software development and service company specialized in the delivery of integrated research information management systems. Founded in 2003, the company combines years of experience in the academic sector with a collaborative approach to development to help research institutions collect, manage and showcase their research and scholarly activity. Their flagship system, Elements, is used by some of the world’s leading institutions including the University of Cambridge, Duke University, Cornell University and the University of Melbourne.

How Does DuraSpace Help?

The DuraSpace (http://duraspace.org) 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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 2014
Contact: Sabih Ali <sabih@symplectic.co.uk>, Jonathan Markow <jjmarkow@duraspace.org>
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Jul 30

There's been a lot of excitement and meaningful application of the VIVO-ISF ontology! and data standards in efforts across the globe. We’re thrilled with the overwhelming recognition by so many different groups about the power of data standards!  We’ve received a lot of interest from academia, government organizations, and the commercial sector to learn more about the standards and how to get involved in the meaningful work around the VIVO-ISF ontology.  

We hear you! You can see a full list of conference sessions at http://goo.gl/5EPqMO and be sure to follow all of the ontology sessions at the VIVO conference on Twitter at #VIVO14 and #VIVOISF!

Discuss the VIVO-ISF ontology and meaningful use of data standards:

Thursday 

  • 1:30-2:30 in Texas I Implementing VIVO and the VIVO-ISF Ontology - A Series of Real-World Experiences With Open Software and a Common Data Standard by Melissa Haendel (VIVO Ontology Lead, OHSU), Julia Trimmer (Duke), Don Elsborg (CU-Boulder). Panel moderated by Jon Corson-Rikert (VIVO Development Lead, Cornell)
  • 5:00-7:00 in Zilker Ballroom 3-4 Poster Session and Networking Reception offers a great opportunity to see practical application of the VIVO-ISF ontology by organizations form around the world

Friday

  • 12:15-1:45 in Texas I - Birds of a Feather VIVO-ISF ontology session with Melissa Haendel, VIVO Ontology Lead. Come learn about what’s happening with the ontology, how to get involved, work efforts with various stakeholders, and projects of interest.

Sessions about the power of data standards for integration, exchange, and discovery:

Thursday

  • 10:30-11:00: Integrating Symplectic Elements with VIVO 1.6  - Daniel Grant, Mary Walters, Michael Mitchell and Tim Morris (Emory)
  • 11:30-12:00: VIVO Team Recommender Based on Linked Open Data - Conforming to the VIVO Ontology - Noshir Contractor, Anup Sawant and Harshad Gado
  • 4:00-4:30: Linked data for libraries - Dean Krafft and Jon Corson-Rikert

Friday

  • 10:30-11:30: Invited speaker - Paolo Ciccarese, developer of Domeo, CiTO (Citation Typing Ontology), FaBIO (FRBR-Aligned Bibliographic Ontology, Open Annotation Ontology, Collections Ontology, and PAF (Provenance, Authoring, and Versioning Ontology)
  • 10:30-11:00: Reprsenting Arts Scholarship at Duke: Design, Development, and Migration of Artistic Works Data - Julia Trimmer, Damaris Murry and Patrick McElwee (Duke)
  • 1:45-2:15: The Case for Stable URIs - Melissa Haendel and Violeta Ilik
  • 2:15-2:45: The Semantic CV - CASRAI in VIVO-ISF - David Baker, Thorsten Höllrigl, and Albert Bokma
  • 2:45-3:15: De-Facto Standards Interoperating in the Real World - VIVO/ORCID/CASRAI - David Baker, Thorsten Höllrigl, Rebecca Bryant
Jul 27

I’ve been meaning to start this blog for some time, but until now, the time just didn’t feel right.  I was awash in unfamiliarity.  I knew only a handful of people from the VIVO Community, I wasn’t familiar with much of the technical jargon, I was uncertain about my leadership role, and simply put, I just wasn’t ready.

But now all of that is beginning to change. I’m beginning to recognize voices on teleconferences.  I’ve identified “go-to” people to help answer my questions.  I’ve begun to understand our priorities.  And most importantly, I’m starting to get to know many of you and experience what I consider to be one of VIVO’s greatest strengths: the unselfish nature of the VIVO Community and the unfettered willingness to share and help others.  It is with this backdrop that I introduce to you From the Director’s Chair.

Why this blog?

I’ve come to realize that there are so many moving parts associated with the VIVO Project that it is next to impossible to keep up with everything that’s going on.  That’s a bit scary, considering that my full-time job is all things VIVO, which might lead one to conclude that I see and hear it all.  Not so.  My thinking is that if I have a difficult time keeping up with all of VIVO’s activities, how do others in the VIVO Community keep apprised of what’s happening?  My hope is that this blog will serve to communicate VIVO Veritas.  Yes, that’s right.  This forum should serve us by communicating truths about the current happenings related to VIVO.

What should you expect From the Director’s Chair?

You should expect a weekly installation on VIVOweb.org on Monday mornings.  You should not expect a restating of the obvious.  You should expect to be involved – I will encourage contributions from our community.  My first guest blog will include a feature by Ted Lawless from Brown University.  I really have no idea what Ted might share with us, and I will have no hand in that.  What my guests share with you will be untouched by me.  You should expect content to be unfettered, unfiltered, and unrivaled.

I commit to you that posts From the Director’s Chair will be short and sweet.  They will be passionate.  They will be from the writer’s perspective.  They will be fun.

Your comments and suggestions are important and encouraged.

If you like what you read here, great!  If you don’t, I’ll need to know about that.  Have a question about something VIVO-related and want to see it addressed in the blog? Just let me know.  I’m only an email or tweet away: Layne at VIVOweb.org or @Layne Johnson.

See y'all in Austin!

Layne Johnson
VIVO Project Director

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.

 

VIVO is about LEARNING

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.

Eligibility

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.

Prizes

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.

Submissions

To submit your application, please send an email to Apps & Tools Working Group Chairs Ted Lawless (tlawless@brown.edu) and Christopher Barnes (cpb@ufl.edu). 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 http://linkeddata.org for more information regarding Linked Data, RDF and data processing.

VIVO enjoys a robust open source, open community space on DuraSpace at http://wiki.duraspace.org/display/VIVO with content that supports implementation, adoption, and development efforts around the world. The VIVO software and ontology are publicly available at https://github.com/vivo-project/VIVO.

For more information on the Apps and Tools Working Group please check out the wiki at https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/VIVO/Apps+and+Tools+Working+Group

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 VIVOweb.org 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.

ABOUT VIVO

VIVO (http://vivoweb.org) 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 (http://duraspace.org) 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! 

VIVO14
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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