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VIVO Updates April 22 -- Sprint 1, Conference workshops, Membership Task Force, Apps and Tools

On your mark, get set.  VIVO is holding its first ever Community led software sprint beginning Monday, April 23. Ten developers from 8 institutions in three countries will participate.  Sprint 1 has a goal of finishing, testing, and documenting Release 1.10.  Release 1.10 will be one of the larger "dot" releases and includes Triple Pattern Fragments, a new API for VIVO, as well as Tenderfoot, a new beta mobile first interface based on Twitter Bootstrap.  Release 1.10 also includes support for RDF 1.1 and Jena 3, as well as significant performance improvements.  Upgrading to 1.10 will require unloading and reloading your existing VIVO triple store, using new provided tools, jena2tools for exporting from your existing Jena 2 triple store, and jena3tools for importing to your new upgraded Jena 3 triple store. See VIVO 1.10.0 Release Testing for a technical description of the upgrade process.  Over 60 issues have been resolved in this release.

Sprint 2, scheduled for May 21 to June 1, is forming now.  Consider joining Slack, and asking about participation in Sprint 2.  You can join Slack here:  Join Slack

VIVO Conference workshops  The VIVO Conference to be held June 6-8 at the JB Duke Hotel in Durham, North Carolina, is pleased to announce four workshops included with registration:

  1. Learning VIVO Development
  2. Hands On With the Dimensions API
  3. Exploring Research Information Citizenship in an Institutional Context

  4. Product Evolution: Exploring New Technologies

For more information, see http://vivoconference.org/news/workshops

See you in Durham!

Membership Task Force is forming  Can you help VIVO by helping us bring in new members?  Do you have fund-raising experience, or perhaps you would like to learn about fund-raising for non-profits?  The VIVO Membership Task Force is forming for 2018.  The group will be identifying prospects for membership and working with people across the US, Canada, and Europe to develop the potential for new members of Duraspace supporting the VIVO Project.  Membership provides the revenue for sustaining VIVO project infrastructure, travel, communications, and facilitation of key processes.  VIVO gets a lot done for a small amount of money through its incredible community of volunteers.  Help us build a strong community of members that financially support the project.  Consider joining the VIVO Membership Task Force.  We will meet every three weeks through October.  We are looking for one or two people willing to help.  Please contact Mike Conlon if you are interested in helping VIVO in this way.  We greatly appreciate your interest!

Apps and Tools  The Apps and Tools Interest Group will meet this Thursday at 1 PM US Eastern Time.  The group discusses  and presents tools and applications that can be used with VIVO.  Join the call to learn more about tools people are using with VIVO.  new comers are very welcome on all VIVO Interest Group calls.  Hope to see you Thursday.

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director

VIVO Updates April 15, 2018 -- Duraspace Summit, CNI, Implementation, A new Front end for VIVO

Duraspace Summit  Each year, Duraspace has a member summit to build community, share progress from its various affiliated projects, and provide the projects with an opportunity to meet and grow.  This year, the Summit was held in San Diego. About 100 people attended. It featured two invited panels – one on the use of persistent identifiers, and one on the future of "open" in scholarly communication.  Three VIVO breakout sessions were held – the first, chaired by Julia Trimmer, provided an opportunity for each of the five action planning areas to report on work to date and take questions.  The second, chaired by Mike Conlon focused on membership – experiences of the past, opportunities to grow membership in the future.  The third breakout was chaired by Andrew Woods and addressed the sprints, development practices, encouraging the alignment of committers, product evolution, developers, and ontologists.  The Summit is a good opportunity to discuss VIVO and to meet people from the other Duraspace facilitated projects.  To learn more about becoming a member of Duraspace supporting VIVO, visit http://duraspace.org/about_membership

Coalition for Networked Information Spring Meeting.  Following the Summit, the Coalition for Networked Information held its spring meeting, also in San Diego.  This meeting attracts 400 or so library and information technology specialists, mostly from the United States, to discuss current projects.  There were two keynotes.  Joan Lippincott of CNI presented on user-centric design of information and library practices.  Larry Smarr presented on high-speed computing and networking both nationally and in California.  There were several presentations on the concept of research intelligence, the use of collated and curated data to inform research strategy of an institution.  Tom Cramer of Stanford presented on RIALTO, a system being designed and built at Stanford, based on VIVO, to provide research intelligence capability for Stanford.  The University of Cincinnati presented their locally developed Research Hub, an integrated system providing profiles, research intelligence, grant administration, and faculty review and reporting.

Implementation Interest Group  The Implementation Interest Group will have a call this Thursday at 1 PM US eastern time.  The call is a great place for people to share their experiences with VIVO implementations, ask questions, and get answers.  Newcomers are very welcome.  Considering and implementation?  Planning?  Working?  Please join us on Thursday.

A New Front-end for VIVO  At the VIVO 2017 Conference, Hector Correa and Steve McCauley of Brown University presented A New Front-End for VIVO, describing how Brown University replaced the delivered VIVO front-end with an all interface using Ruby-on-Rails and Solr.  The result is very impressive – attractive, fast, and functional.  See Researchers @ Brown at http://vivo.brown.edu

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project Directormconlon@ufl.edu

VIVO Updates April 8, 2018 -- Camp, Conference, New Sites, Action Planning

VIVO Camp We had a great camp at the UCSD Biomedical Library, meeting new friends from Arizona, UCSD, Notre Dame, and Clarivate.  Instructors Violeta IlikPaul AlbertBenjamin Gross, and myself, were joined by Brian Lowe of Ontocale.  We had perfect weather (the meeting was in San Diego, so perfect weather is expected, but always appreciated).  The camp covered data sourcing, use cases, information representation, ontology, SPARQL, and Karma, with hands-on VIVO, interface, configuration, and much more.

We're planning a fall camp,.  Have questions about camp? Thoughts about topics, locations, timing, other? vivo-community@googlegroups.com

VIVO Conference The VIVO Conference will be held June 6-8 at the JB Duke Hotel on the campus of Duke University.  Join colleagues from around the world in presentations and discussions regarding the representation and use of information regarding scholarship.  Register today!  http://vivoconference.org

New VIVO site at McMaster University Congratulations to the team at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on the launch of Experts (https://experts.mcmaster.ca/).  Experts at McMaster provides information on more than 5,500 faculty, 71,000 academic articles, and more than 19,000 conference papers.  The site looks great!

From Wikipedia: McMaster University (commonly referred to as McMaster or Mac) is a public research university in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The main campus is on 121 hectares (300 acres) of land near the residential neighbourhoods of Ainslie Wood and Westdale, adjacent to the Royal Botanical Gardens.[5] It operates six academic faculties: the DeGroote School of BusinessEngineeringHealth SciencesHumanitiesSocial Science, and Science. It is a member of the U15, a group of research-intensive universities in Canada.

New VIVO site at the University of Alabama, Birmingham  Congratulations to the team at the University of Alabama, Birminghamin Birmingham, Alabama on the launch of Scholars@UAB. Scolars@UAB provides information on more than 4,600 faculty, 41,000 papers, and 9,500 grants.  Another great looking site!

From Wikipedia:  The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a public research university in Birmingham in the U.S. state of Alabama. Developed from an academic extension center established in 1936, the institution became a four-year campus in 1966 and a fully autonomous institution in 1969. Today, it is one of three institutions in the University of Alabama System and the only R1 research institution in the state.

Congratulations to two new VIVO sites!

More Action Planning As you heard here last week, the VIVO Project kicked off a year long "action planning" process March 1.  Five action planning areas are tasked with developing goals, engaging the community, and executing their goals over the course of the coming year.  One of the action planning areas is “Resources”.

The resource action planners are considering how to strengthen the project by increasing the resources available to the project.  Areas of interest include:

  • Development.  Developers advance the software.  Developers organize their work in issues, pull requests, and sprints.  The first sprint of the year will occur April 23-May 4.  We hope you are able to join.  Sprint 2 is being planned for late May.
  • Membership.  Membership in Duraspace supporting VIVO provides financial resources required to hire facilitators, provide project infrastructures, support outreach activities, and whatever else the project may need to purchase.  Please consider helping us raise the number of members supporting the project financially.
  • Community volunteers.  VIVO has an extraordinary group of volunteers.  These folks organize the conference, plan and teach the camps, organize sprints, write documentation, answer questions on the lists, recruit new members, and much, much more.  As an open source project, VIVO is wholly dependent on its volunteers to move things forward.  Please consider how you might help the project by joining Slack, and asking how you might help.  The Interest Groups also provide a natural way to become more familiar with the project.
  • Other sources of support.  VIVO holds events, participates in grant funding, has service providers, and emerging services.  Each are resources and each provide opportunities for financial support of the project.

There is much that can be done to grow resources across a broad spectrum of activities. 

And for any question you may have about anything related to the VIVO project, please post to Vivo-community@googlegroups.com or VIVO-tech@googlegroups.com

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project Directormconlon@ufl.edu

VIVO Updates April 1, 2018 -- Camp, Conference, Change of Address, Apps and Tools, RDA, Outreach and Engagement, Product Evolution

VIVO Camp It’s not too late to make arrangements to. Join for VIVO Camp at the Biomedical Library on the campus of the University of California San Diego.  VIVO Camp is two and a half days of training regarding VIVO.  We cover implementation strategy, data ingest and management, tools for use with VIVO, VIVO ontology, SPARQL, customizations and much more.  For more information and to register for VIVO camp, please visit The VIVO Camp site

VIVO Conference The VIVO Conference will be held June 6-8 at the JB Duke Hotel on the campus of Duke University.  Join colleagues from around the world in presentations and discussions regarding the representation and presentation of information regarding scholarship.  Register today!  http://vivoconference.org

Change of address  As part of an effort to clarify the relationship between Duraspace and the VIVO Project, I am changing my email address to mconlon@ufl.edu.  Older addresses will be forwarded, but Google Docs need to be shared with mconlon@ufl.edu.  Changing addresses is never straightforward, I expect a bit of disruption.  I appreciate everyone's patience in this change.

New in the Apps and Tools Catalog The Apps and Tools Catalog is a place to find software that works with VIVO.  New this week in the catalog is software for making queries of VIVO from Python.  The VIVO RDFLIB Sparqlstore by Ted Lawless is a set of functions that make it easy for python programmers to request and get data from VIVO.  Check it out here:  VIVO RDFLIB Sparqlstore

11th RDA Plenary, Berlin  I had the pleasure of attending the Research Data Alliance meeting in Berlin.  RDA is a great group – very focused on sharing research data – policy, culture, technology – and on producing changes needed to improve data sharing.  A full trip report is available here 2018-03-21 Trip Report -- 11th RDA Plenary, Berlin, Germany

Outreach and Engagement Call This Thursday at 1 PM US Eastern, the Outreach and Engagement Interest Groupwill have its call.  All are welcome!  Share stories, concerns, questions about developing VIVO community at your institution.

Action Planning As many of you may know, the VIVO Project held a significant strategy meeting on March 1.  The group identified five “action planning areas” — each is tasked with developing goals, engaging the community, and executing their goals over the course of the coming year.  One of the action planning areas is “Product Evolution”. This should come as no surprise, and I hope for most it comes as a welcome relief.  Now we will have an open process for discussing the evolution of the software.

The VIVO software has remained mostly unchanged for several years.  There have been improvements in technical infrastructure, addressing bugs and performance issues, while simplifying the build process, and technical documentation has been developed.  The coming release continues the recent approach of updating technical dependencies, while introducing the triple pattern fragments API, a significant new feature for semantic web developers looking to access VIVO data.

But over these years, VIVO sites have developed their own solutions to pressing needs not addressed by the project.  The creativity, ingenuity and craftsmanship of these sites has been overwhelming — sites have built their own front-ends, their own means for optimizing the system, their own APIs, their own widgets and visualizations, their own internationalization improvements, local analytics systems, their own editing systems, and most have developed their own custom tools for gathering, and managing data.

Such independent action speaks to the basic validity of the underlying design and architecture of the system.  It is possible to do all these things with the software provided by the project.  But it shouldn’t be required.  The software should do more of common value for the community.  And the community should have the means to develop together, so that the improvements made by one site become improvements that can be used by all sites.

Progress is being made on working together.  Since the beginning of the year we have new interest and new effort.  The committers group is meeting regularly to establish best practices.  The developers group is meeting regularly to write, commit, review, and merge code.  The ontology group has developed a definitive version of the VIVO ontology in preparation for enhancements.  A first open two week sprint will be held April 23-May 4 to ready the next release, while practicing our new ways of working together.

The product evolution effort has identified a pressing need — the aging and difficult presentation layer for VIVO.  Combining several of the most often expressed needs (look and feel, use of modern technology, developer engagement, user experience,  functionality, and response) the effort seeks to design and build an MVP front end for VIVO using VIVO data over the course of the year.  The group will know if it has succeeded if the groups with custom front ends are able to migrate to the new front-end.

It is an exciting time and there are many questions.  VIVO is an open community.  Please ask questions and join efforts.

And for any question you may have about anything related to the VIVO project, please post to Vivo-community@googlegroups.com or VIVO-tech@googlegroups.com

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project Directormconlon@ufl.edu

 

 

VIVO updates -- March 11 -- Camp, Developers, Implementation

Daylight Savings Time in US  Daylight Savings Time began Sunday, March 11 in the United States.  The clocks moved forward one hour.  You may wish to check times of meetings.

VIVO Camp April 5-7, Biomedical Library, University of California San Diego.  VIVO Camp is two and a half days of introduction to VIVO for those considering, planning, or leading implementations.  Instructors will cover project goals, community buy-in, data sources, data models, ingest, ontology, and much more. Paul Albert, Weill Cornell Medicine, Violeta Ilik, Stony Brook University, Mike Conlon and Benjamin Gross of Clarivate will serve as your guides, counselors, and instructors.  Camp will be held at the Biomedical Library of the University of California, San Diego, UCSD, a stones throw from beautiful La Jolla.  To learn more and to register, click here:  https://goo.gl/vh9hm7  We hope to see you in sunny California!

Are you a VIVO Developer?  Would you like to be?  Are you here:  https://github.com/orgs/vivo-project/teams/vivo-developers/members  The developers are organizing a  a sprint for the last two weeks of April.  We hope you will join VIVO Slack and become a developer.  All are welcome.

Implementation Interest Group  The Implementation Interest Group  will have a call this Thursday at 1 PM US Eastern.  All are welcome!  The group reviews issues in implementation.  Are you implementing?  Planning and implementation.  Maybe you'd like to hear from others.

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director

VIVO Updates for March 4 -- action planning, camp, conference, meetings this week, OpenVIVO paper

Action Planning  VIVO Leadership, Steering and invited guests met March 1 at Duke University to review progress of the VIVO Project over the past three years, consider goals for the coming year, and organize action planning teams to create measurable objectives and monitor progress toward the objectives.  Five teams were formed:

  1. Vision, chaired by Rob Cartolano, Columbia University
  2. Product Evolution, chaired by Paul Albert, Weill Cornell Medicine
  3. Resources, chaired by Terrie Wheeler, Weill Cornell Medicine
  4. Governance and Organization, chaired by Daniel Hook, Digital Science & Research Ltd.
  5. Community Development, chaired by Alex Viggio, University of Colorado

Background material for the meeting is available here:  March 1 Background Material

We will have more here about the action planning process in the coming weeks, including calls for participation, planning milestones, meeting times, and more.

VIVO Camp is coming up! VIVO Camp is a multi-day training event designed specifically for new and prospective users. Camp will be held April 5 - 7, 2018 in the Biomedical Library at the University of California San Diego.  Over two and a half days, VIVO Camp will start with an introduction to VIVO leading to a comprehensive overview exploring these topics and more: 

  • VIVO features
  • Examples and demos of VIVO including customizations
  • Representing scholarship
  • Loading, displaying and using VIVO data
  • Introduction to the ontologies
  • Managing a VIVO project
  • Engaging communities
  • Using VIVO resources

You can learn more, and register for camp here:  https://goo.gl/vh9hm7 We look forward to seeing you at Camp!

VIVO Conference call for proposals is open.  Submit your proposal for the 2018 VIVO Conference at the JB Duke Hotel in Durham North Carolina here:  http://vivoconference.org/news/callforproposals

Meetings this week.  Lots going on.  All are welcome!

OpenVIVO: Transparency in Scholarship.  A paper describing OpenVIVO was recently published in Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics.  I want to thank all the collaborators on the paper, and Violeta Ilik for taking the lead in organizing the writing, and getting the paper published:

Ilik Violeta, Conlon Michael, Triggs Graham, White Marijane, Javed Muhammad, Brush Matthew, Gutzman Karen, Essaid Shahim, Friedman Paul, Porter Simon, Szomszor Martin, Haendel Melissa Anne, Eichmann David, Holmes Kristi L., OpenVIVO: Transparency in Scholarship, Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics, 2, 2018, 12 https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/frma.2017.00012 doi 10.3389/frma.2017.00012

OpenVIVO is a free and open hosted semantic web platform open to anyone that gathers and shares open data about scholarship around the world. OpenVIVO, based on the VIVO open source platform, provides transparent access to data about the scholarly work of its participants. OpenVIVO demonstrates the use of persistent identifiers, automatic real-time ingest of scholarly ecosystem metadata, use of VIVO-ISF and related ontologies, attribution of work, and publication and reuse of data – all critical components of presenting, preserving, and tracking scholarship. The system was created by a cross-institutional team over the course of three months. The team created and used RDF models for research organizations in the world based on Digital Science GRID data, for academic journals based on data from CrossRef and the US National Library of Medicine, and created a new model for attribution of scholarly work. All models, data, and software are available in open repositories.

Gooooo VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director

 

 

VIVO Updates, Feb 18 -- conference info, wiki, apps and tools

VIVO Conference at the JB Duke Hotel  The Ninth Annual International VIVO Conference will be held June 6-8, 2018 at the JB Duke Hotel on the campus of Duke University.  The conference has obtained a fabulous rate for conference attendees.  The rate includes breakfast and lunch each day, and dinner Thursday night.  Be sure to stay at the JB Duke to take advantage of all conference activities, the fabulous discount rate, included meals, and top notch hotel amenities.  Staying at the hotel helps the project and you, as you will have more time to spend with your VIVO colleagues.  It's simple, just register.  And while you are registering, you can submit a proposal for the conference – share your work as a presentation, a poster, a panel, a workshop.  We hope to see you at the JB Duke!

Two wikis  Did you know we have two wikis?  Yes, we do.

  • The Community Wiki, also known as the VIVO wiki, is here:  https://goo.gl/ULQDFm  The community wiki supports you and the project by providing information about VIVO, and the VIVO Project.  It has more than 1,700 pages and can be overwhelming.  But take a look around.  Click through some of the headings in the left hand menu.  Follow some of the links on the main page.  You will find information on how the project works, how it is supported, how it is organized, resources for participants in the project, historical information, and quite a bit more.  If you find something in the wiki that could be improved, improve it.  Seriously.  It's easy.  Get an account if you don't already have one, read Maintaining the VIVO Wiki, and then edit pages.  Editing the wiki is a great way to get involved with the project. Do you have ideas to share about wiki organization, or questions about where particular information can be found? Post a question to vivo-community@googlegroups.com
  • The Documentation Wiki, also known as the technical documentation, is here: https://goo.gl/uLdDHJ  Unlike the community wiki, the documentation wiki is focused on the current version of the VIVO and Vitro software (there are previous versions of the documentation wiki available for previous versions of VIVO and Vitro).  The documentation wiki is organized like a technical manual and can be printed as single PDF.  Some sections of the documentation are placeholders, indicated by asterisks.  If you are using the technical documentation and see something that can be improved, please consider improving it.  See the VIVO documentation style guide, get an account, and participate in the improvement of the documentation.  Have a question about something in the documentation, post a question to vivo-tech@googlegroups.com

Apps and Tools Catalog  Did you know we have a catalog of open source applications and tools that the community has built for use with VIVO and Vitro?  You can find the catalog in the community wiki here:  https://goo.gl/LwjpJS  You will also find in the left hand menu of the community wiki here:  https://goo.gl/ULQDFm  It's right there below Community Pages and above VIVO Project Governance (those are also interesting parts of the wiki that you may want to explore).  Do you have a tool to share with the VIVO community?  Perhaps it is already shared in GitHub.  We'd like to hear more.  Visit the Apps and Tools Catalog and add your tool to share it!

Apps and Tools call Thursday Speaking of Apps and Tools, the Apps and Tools Interest Group will have a call this Thursday at 1 PM. Sarbajit Dutta will demonstrate JenaConnect, a tool developed at Weill Cornell Medicine to significantly improve VIVO data ingest.

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director

VIVO Updates -- Feb 11. Research Graph VIVO Cloud Pilot

Research Graph VIVO Cloud Pilot. For years sites wishing to implement VIVO have been looking for a way to discover the work of their institution and represent it in a VIVO.  Some sites have asked for a hosted solution.  Last year, I worked with Research Graph to show how their data could be harvested and loaded into a hosted VIVO.  Since then, working with Erin Tripp at Duraspace, a cloud pilot service has been designed.  You can learn more about it here: Research Graph VIVO Cloud Pilot.  If you are interested in augmenting the data in your current VIVO, or learning more about how Research Graph may be able to help, you may wish to check out the pilot.  The pilot is just that, a pilot.  We have a lot to learn about the suitability of the data, and the quality of the resulting VIVO.  

Hear from you.  Have ideas about the future of VIVO?  We'd like to hear from more of you.  Here are some options: 1) write me an email (mconlon@duraspace.org ); 2) Share your thoughts with a member of VIVO Leadership Group – perhaps you work with one of these people or know one personally.  They would very much like to hear from you. Or perhaps you would prefer to share with a member of the VIVO Steering Group – perhaps you have a colleague there; 3) Share your thoughts on Slack.  Haven't joined Slack, it's easy, click here:  https://goo.gl/sSDGMn; 4) Answer an open ended survey – you can share your thoughts here https://goo.gl/forms/mc2RDSyl6xITuNIN2, in an anonymous survey;  5) You can share your thoughts on a shared open Google Doc here: https://goo.gl/q6p9wt; and 6) You can share your thoughts on one of the Interest Groups calls (see below, the Implementation Interest Group call is this Thursday) – these friendly calls are open to all.  Please join a call and share your questions, concerns, thoughts.  Use whichever method is most comfortable for you.  Please comment freely on any aspect of the project.

Some things to do in February.  Lots of things are happening in the VIVO Community.  Here's some things you may want to do help:

Implementation call Thursday.  Let's talk implementation!  Join Paul Albert and the Implementation Interest Group this Thursday at 1 PM US Eastern.

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director

 

 

VIVO Updates -- Register now for VIVO Camp!

Keep those ideas coming  Have an idea about VIVO? What do we want?  How will we get it?  Share your ideas here:  https://goo.gl/S2VSGD  We will be collecting ideas through February 19.  We hope to hear from you!

VIVO Conference Call for Proposals is open  Share your work on research information management, open scholarship, and profile systems at the VIVO Conference, June 6-8, Durham, NC.  Submit your proposal for a poster, workshop, panel, or presentation here:  http://vivoconference.org/news/callforproposals

Want to help with the conference?  Join Slack (see below).

VIVO Camp in beautiful San Diego, April 5-7  VIVO Camp is two and a half days of introduction to VIVO for those considering, planning, or leading implementations.  Instructors will cover project goals, community buy-in, data sources, data models, ingest, ontology, and much more.  Julia Trimmer, Duke University, Paul Albert, Weill Cornell Medicine, Violeta Ilik, Stony Brook University, Mike Conlon and Benjamin Gross of Clarivate will serve as your guides, counselors, and instructors.  Camp will be held at the Biomedical Library of the University of California, San Diego, UCSD, a stones throw from beautiful La Jolla.  Camp registration is now open with an early bird deadline of February 28.  To learn more and to register, click here:  https://goo.gl/vh9hm7

New to VIVO?  Here's some links:

Hmmm. Maybe we should have a refrigerator magnet.

Calls this week.  Development Interest Group meets weekly on Tuesday at 11 AM US Eastern.  The Ontology Improvement Task Forcewill meet this Tuesday at 10 AM US EAStern time.  Agendas and call in information are posted to the lists, and are available in the wiki.

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project DirectorDuraspace 

VIVO Updates -- January 28 -- Feedback, Outreach, Conference Call for Proposals

We want to hear from you  We will be talking a bit about the future of VIVO over the coming months.  How should the software progress?  How can the community grow?  How can people participate?  What challenges exist and how can we address them?

We are very, very interested in your ideas.  Please share your thoughts.  It could be a quick comment, a word of encouragement, a treatise on the future of scholarship, whatever you may wish to share.

We want to hear from you.  Here are some options: 1) write me an email (mconlon@duraspace.org ); 2) Share your thoughts with a member of VIVO Leadership Group – perhaps you work with one of these people or know one personally.  They would very much like to hear from you. Or perhaps you would prefer to share with a member of the VIVO Steering Group – perhaps you have a colleague there; 3) Share your thoughts on Slack.  Haven't joined Slack, it's easy, click here:  https://goo.gl/sSDGMn; 4) Answer an open ended survey – you can share your thoughts here https://goo.gl/forms/mc2RDSyl6xITuNIN2, in an anonymous survey;  5) You can share your thoughts on a shared open Google Doc here: https://goo.gl/q6p9wt; and 6) You can share your thoughts on one of the Interest Groups calls (see below, the Outreach and Engagement Interest Group call is this Thursday) – these friendly calls are open to all.  Please join a call and share your questions, concerns, thoughts.  Use whichever method is most comfortable for you.  Please comment freely on any aspect of the project.

We need your feedback by the end of the day, Monday, February 19.  Why so soon?  Leadership and Steering will be having a strategy meeting March 1.  The group is seeking all kinds of input – what works, what needs to be improved?  So please share your thoughts with them directly, with me (I'll be sure to share) or via one of the other mechanisms described above.

Please take a moment to think about VIVO and share your thoughts anyway you wish.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Outreach and Engagement call  There will an Outreach and Engagement Interest Group call this Thursday at 1 PM US Eastern.  Here's the Zoom link: https://duraspace.zoom.us/j/661132230 The group will discuss ideas about the future of VIVO  (see above) providing input to Leadership and Steering for their consideration.  Hope you can join us!

VIVO Conference Call for Proposals  The 9th annual VIVO Conference Call for Proposals is now open, through March 18.  Posters, presentations, panels, workshops – the conference is looking to present your work.  The Conference will be held at the JB Duke Hotel, Durham NC, June 6-8, 2018.  See https://easychair.org/cfp/VIVO2018 to submit a proposal.

The Marine Biological Laboratory Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution  has a VIVO.  Erin Tripp of Duraspace recently interviewed John Furfey regarding the site and the effort that went in to it.  You can read more here. https://goo.gl/uhN7M7 and visit their VIVO site here:  http://vivo.mblwhoilibrary.org/  Interested in sharing the story of your VIVO?  See https://goo.gl/tNA6W8

Scholars at TAMU Congratulations to the VIVO team at Texas A&M University in College Station Texas on the launch of their VIVO-powered site, Scholars@TAMUhttp://scholars.tamu.edu   The site has a great look, with publication links to PubMed, Altmetrics, and other sources.  And with more than 126K publications, another example of things being bigger in Texas.  What a great site!

VIVO Vagrant  is a great way to try out VIVO.  Ted Lawless recently updated VIVO Vagrant to the current version, 1.9.3.  See http://github.com/lawlesst/vivo-vagrant Thanks Ted for sharing this great resource with the community!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project DirectorDuraspace 

 

 

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