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VIVO Update for September 25 -- ECU, Java 7, Roadmap

East Carolina VIVO!  Congratulations to the team at East Carolina University on the launch of their VIVO site VIVO Research and Expertise Across East Carolina University.  Based on version 1.9, the site showcases more than 1,000 faculty, 10,000 academic articles and other works, 850 organizations, campus buildings, and much more.  What a great site!

Deprecating Java 7  In an effort to keep VIVO current, the next version of VIVO is planned to require Java 8.  Java 7 will no longer be supported.  Java 7 has passed out of support by Oracle as of April 2015.  Oracle no longer provides updates, including security patches, for it.  An FAQ from Oracle is available.  The current version of Jena requires version 8 of Java.  Requiring Java 8 for VIVO will allow us to upgrade Jena to the most current version.  Besides keeping current with this critical component of VIVO, the new version of Jena offers support for RDF 1.1 and SPARQL 1.1.  You can read more about the current version of Jena here.

If requiring Java 8 in the next release of VIVO will create a hardship or barrier for your VIVO site, or you have questions about this, please let us know.  We hope to hear from you.

Roadmap call this Thursday  This Thursday, at 1 PM US Eastern time, we will have a meeting of the VIVO Roadmap Task Force to discuss potential features and architecture for the next release, and features and architecture for releases beyond the next release.  Please see VIVO 1.10 Release Planning as background.  All are welcome to attend.  We look forward to hearing your thoughts about what is needed as VIVO moves forward.  The meeting will be held via WebEx.

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace 

VIVO Updates for Sept 18 -- Documentation, Bootstrap VIVO, Help Wanted

148. 375  Those are the number of wiki pages and the number of PDF pages in the VIVO 1.9.x Documentation and VIVO 1.9 documentation PDF respectively.  We have finished moving the documentation to the documentation wiki.  The documentation wiki has documentation about the software and ontology – what it does and how it is used.  The VIVO wiki continues to be the place for all meetings, interest groups, task forces, planning, and community support.   The documentation wiki is organized by topics familiar to those supporting software.  The project wiki is organized by the needs of the community.

The documentation wiki has an outline, content in most areas of the outline, a style guide, and a first pass over all pages to move toward the style guide.  There is still quite a bit to do.  Some pages are missing or incomplete.  Other pages need to be updated with current content and screen shots.  Other areas need to be improved to address common questions.

In moving and editing content to the documentation wiki, the wiki's indications of "authorship" are often disrupted. The note on the VIVO Technical Documentation page in the project wiki should be emphasized:

These pages contain contributions from many members of the VIVO community. Confluence may state that a certain person has "created" a page, when in fact they have merely split, copied, or merged two existing pages. In this way, the pages may appear to be the work of a single person. Everyone who has worked on VIVO deserves recognition and thanks.

We will continue to improve the documentation.  If you would like to help, please contact Graham Triggs

Bootstrap VIVO  Symplectic has produced a new interface for VIVO.  Based on the popular Twitter Bootstrap (hence "Bootstrap VIVO") look and feel, the new interface is "responsive," meaning that it works well on mobile devices such as phones and tablets, as well as on computer screens of all sizes.  The interface provides new features, emphasizing expert finding.  The new interface is described in a talk given at the VIVO conference, and in a poster.  You can try the new interface here.  As you will see, it looks quite a bit like the new CU experts site and the new UOW Scholars site.  Both these sites use design principles in common with the Bootstrap VIVO work.  We have an opportunity to provide this interface as a selectable option in a future release of VIVO.  Let us know what you think.  If you are willing to help with providing this interface in a future version of VIVO, please contact Graham Triggs

Help Wanted  Speaking of help, VIVO is always looking for additional help.  If you would like to help VIVO, we have many opportunities:

  • Technical writing.  We need help with the documentation wiki.
  • Development.  Are you a developer?  Interested in fixing something that has been bugging you about VIVO?  Adding something that is missing?  There's quite a bit that can be done for the next release of VIVO (tentatively called VIVO 1.10)  See VIVO 1.10 Release Planning and consider working on pull requests, open JIRA requests or otherwise contributing.
  • Ontology.  We need help improving the ontologies used in VIVO.  Interested?  Please join The OpenRIF development group.
  • Community building.  Interested in helping build the VIVO community?  Communications?  Outreach?  
  • Conference planning.  The 2017 VIVO Conference planning is underway.  If you'd like to help, please contact the conference chair, Alex Viggio
  • VIVO Camps.  We'd like to create training opportunities for people to learn more about VIVO.  Interested in welcoming people to the community?  Helping them evaluate VIVO?  Helping them learn more about VIVO?
  • Membership.  We are always looking for new members.  Are you a member (check here).  If so, great!  We appreciate your support.  If not, please considering becoming a member.
  • Steering.  Interested in helping set the course of the project?  In the spring we will have openings on the VIVO Steering Group.  Please consider joining.
  • Web design.  The VIVO web site is always looking for new ideas, new design.
  • And more.  Just want to help?  Not sure where?  Please contact Mike Conlon.  Let's talk about your interests.

Please contact Mike Conlon if you are interested in helping the project in any way.

Apps and Tools  The Apps and Tools Interest Group will have its call this Thursday at 1 PM eastern.  The group discusses software that uses the VIVO APIs, and Linked Open Data - requests and responses to reuse VIVO data, as well as tools that produce VIVO data.  Interested in software development using VIVO data?  Please plan on joining the call.

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace 

VIVO Updates for Sept 11 -- new members, conference keynote videos available

Welcome two new members – University of Idaho and University Corporation for Atmospheric Research!  VIVO has two new members this week!

The University of Idaho is the U.S. state of Idaho's oldest public university, located in the city of Moscow in Latah County in the northern portion of the state. It is the state's land-grant and primary research university. Wikipedia  See their VIVO here:   https://vivo.nkn.uidaho.edu/vivo/

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is a nonprofit consortium of more than 100 colleges and universities providing research and training in atmospheric and related sciences. UCAR manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and provides additional services to strengthen and support research and education through its community programs.  Wikipedia  See their Earth Observing Laboratory Artic Data Connects VIVO here:  http://vivo.eol.ucar.edu/vivo/

We thank UCAR and the University of Idaho for joining the project as members.  Their support and the support of all our members, help insure VIVO's ability to continue to develop software, ontology, and community in service to the representation of scholarship across the world.

Becoming a member  If you are considering becoming a member of Duraspace supporting VIVO, you may wish to review our list of members, and Duraspace's Becoming a Member page.  If you haven't considered becoming a member, please take a few minutes to review these pages.  We appreciate everyone's support.

VIVO Conference keynote talks available  New this year, the VIVO Conference recorded and is making available video of the keynote talks.  You can find the talks on Youtube here:

Thanks to Sören and Dario for these amazing talks, and for allowing their talks to be made available openly, and to the conference organizers for creating the video!

More from the conference  It's last call for conference materials to be posted to figshare!  If you presented at the VIVO Conference and have not yet posted your materials to figshare, please do so this week.  We have over 90% of the materials presented already posted. Thanks to all the presenters who have uploaded their materials, the response has been fantastic.  If you haven't posted your materials yet, it's very easy to do.  Log on to figshare (create an account if you do not have one), upload your poster or presentation, and tag your material vivo16.  Your material will become part of the figshare VIVO 2016 collection and will be available on the VIVO 2016 Conference page inOpenVIVO.

Implementation Interest Group this Thursday  The Implementation Interest Group will meet this Thursday at 1 PM US eastern time.  The group is a great forum for sharing ideas about creating and managing a VIVO for your institution.  The group has updates from sites around the world, takes questions regarding VIVO and VIVO data, and helps sites get their VIVOs going.  New to the VIVO calls?  You will find the Implementation call a great place to get started.  It's always great to meet new people and help keep projects moving forward.

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace

VIVO Updates Sept 4 -- Woods Hole, Tech Docs, Wiki, Fellowships

Woods Hole VIVO launched  The Marine Biology Laboratory Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, has a new VIVO, and its beautiful!  See http://vivo.mblwhoilibrary.org/  Congratulations to the Library at MBLWHOI for creating this wonderful new site!

Technical documentation  We continue to make progress on creating the VIVO 1.9.x Documentation wiki from technical materials that previously were found in the VIVO wiki.  The VIVO wiki will continue to be the primary source for community, news, work in progress, task forces, governance, events, interest groups, planning, and historical material.  Outdated materials have been archived.  Background materials have been gathered into a new heading, Background Resources.  Planning materials have been moved to the appropriate task force areas.  The documentation wiki will focus on describing the VIVO software, and how to do things with it (DevOps, Data Management, and End User usage).  The documentation wiki is version specific.  If you find something missing, out of place, out-dated, confusing, or otherwise in need of improvement, please let us know, and please consider improving the material by editing, writing, or rearranging.  Please contact Graham Triggs if you'd like to help.

Speaking of the wiki  We recently reviewed the Considering VIVO section of the wiki, updating materials, removing outdated materials, and in general, refreshing the section.  There is still more that could be done – particularly regarding product evaluation.  If you recently evaluated VIVO, perhaps you have materials that could be shared with the rest of the community and could become a part of the wiki, helping others evaluate VIVO.  Please contact Mike Conlon if you have thoughts or materials regarding product evaluation.

Fellowships  Have you modeled fellowships in your VIVO?  If so, please consider joining the conversation on vivo-tech@googlegroups.com and share your thoughts.  Fellowships share aspects of positions (the fellowship pays a stipend and is in an academic organization), person types (the person with the fellowship is a fellow), awards (the person holding the fellowship has been recognized for their scholarship, and many fellowships have names of their own), training (fellowships are often considered part of the training of the scholar holding the fellowship), and projects (many fellowships have a specific academic output associated with the fellowship).  VIVO is well suited for showing the connections between these representations.  How are these treated in your VIVO?  How might they best be treated?

Development call  The Development Interest Group will have its call this Thursday at 1 PM.  Discussions center of technical aspects of VIVO and Vitro, including technical documentation.  If you have an interest in developing new features for VIVO or Vitro, please consider joining this call.

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace 

VIVO Updates August 28 -- new sites, posters, conferences, documentation

New sites!  August was a big month for new VIVO implementations.  Eight new implementations are underway:

  1. Universidad Zamorano, Honduras
  2. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle
  3. University of Alabama Birmingham
  4. Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Kerala, India
  5. Research Data Canada
  6. Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  7. McMaster University, Canada
  8. Universidad del Rosario, Colombia

Please join me in welcoming these new sites to the VIVO community!

Who is using VIVO?  Duraspace maintains a registry of all known VIVO sites. The registry currently lists 145 VIVO sites in 26 countries.  You can find the list here:  http://duraspace.org/registry/vivo.  Is your site listed?  If you are working on an implementation, or have a VIVO and you would like to be added to the registry, you can do so here:  http://duraspace.org/register-repository.  Very easy, very fast, and very helpful for us to know who is using VIVO around the world.

Do we have your VIVO 2016 poster?  We are collecting all the amazing VIVO 2016 conference content into a Figshare collection and an OpenVIVO page.  We've got quite a bit already, see http://openvivo.org/display/eventVIVO2016.  We are looking for more posters.  If you presented a poster and your poster is not yet on the OpenVIVO page, could you please upload your poster to Figshare and tag it vivo16.  That's all you need to do.  We will add it to the OpenVIVO page.  We appreciate you sharing your work with others!

Conferences and presentations.  The VIVO community is very active in presenting work regarding VIVO, data sharing, open access, persistent identifiers, open science, attribution, research impact, and many other topics of interest in the development of an open scholarly ecosystem that works for all.  Attending a conference?  Planning to submit an abstract?  We have a list of Conferences Attended and to Attend listing presentations made by community members and being planned.  Please add your plans to the list, and we hope to see you at an upcoming conference!

New in the docs  We continue to make progress on the technical documentation, filling in the new wiki.  See VIVO 1.9.x Documentation and a new page Create, Assign, and Use an Institutional Internal Class.  The institutional internal class is a feature sites can use to extend the ontology, defining a class representing people that are associated with their institution, and then use that class to limit the default VIVO people displays to only people associated with the institution.  The feature is not new.  The documentation is.  Please post comments, questions to vivo-tech@googlegroups.com. And if you would like to help with editing and improving the documentation, please contact Graham Triggs.

Outreach and engagement  Interested in how your faculty will use VIVO?  In how to engage faculty in keeping profiles current?  In increasing the interest and use of your VIVO site?  Join the Outreach and Engagement Interest Group call this Thursday at 1 PM.  Webex link is here

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace

VIVO Updates for August 21 -- Conference, Technical Documentation

Oh my, what a conference!  The 2016 VIVO Conference was truly amazing!  Thanks to all who attended, to Designing Events for all their help, and to the Marriott City Center Denver.  Denver was a great place to visit, even if the weather turned a bit on Friday. I hope everyone's travel home went smoothly and safely.  It was so great to see all our VIVO friends and to make new ones.  Super special thanks to Julia Trimmer, Conference Chair, Manuel de la Cruz Gutierrez, Program Chair, Alex Viggio, Conference Co-Chair, and Violeta Ilik, Program Co-chair, and all the members of the VIVO 2016 Conference Planning Task Force.  What a great job!  What a great conference.  We have quite a few follow-ups and you will be hearing more about them in the weeks and months ahead.

Did you present at the conference?  Thank you for presenting!  We had incredible contributed talks and posters.  

If you haven't already done so, please upload your slides to your Figshare collection, and tag them with vivo16.  Full instructions are here.  We will get them into OpenVIVO from there.  You can see the uploaded materials in OpenVIVO here:  http://openvivo.org/display/eventVIVO2016 and click on "Publications".

VIVO 2017.  Alex Viggio will serve as Conference Chair for VIVO 2017.  Violeta Ilik will serve as Program Chair.  We will be starting VIVO 2017 conference planning soon.  Would you like to be involved? Please contact Alex or Violeta.  We are always looking for ways to make a great conference even better!

Technical Documentation  This past Tuesday in Denver we held a "Documentation Work Party" to create a new set of technical documentation for VIVO.  Many members of the VIVO community attended.  Thanks so much!  A new wiki,  VIVO 1.9.x Documentation, has been created to contain technical documentation for VIVO 1.9.  The VIVO wiki now refers to the technical documentation wiki for all versions of technical documentation.  The 1.9 documentation is focused on what VIVO is and does.  Materials regarding strategy, roadmap, background, history, older versions, and other materials have been moved to Background Resources (see below), appropriate task forces, and the Technical Documentation Archive (see below).  We hope the new 1.9 documentation is easier to use, and more approachable by those charged with creating and maintaining VIVO.  The new documentation is driven by an outline.  When no material is present, the outline page will be empty.  If you find an empty page, please feel free to draft content for inclusion.  Over time, we hope to fill out the entire outline.

All pages previously in the VIVO wiki under "Technical Documentation" have been archived in a new space here:  VIVO Technical Documentation Archive Home.

Background Resources  In creating the new technical documentation, we found a number of outstanding resources that deserved their own place in the VIVO wiki.  A new heading in the left hand menu Background Resources has been created as a home for materials that do not describe VIVO, but may be useful for those new to VIVO, describing technologies and approaches used in the VIVO community.  As these materials continue to improve, they could form the basis for training materials related to VIVO.  If you have ideas about background materials you need, or materials you wish you had when you started with VIVO, drop us an email and share your thoughts.

Apps and Tools call  The Apps and Tools Interest Group will have its call this Thursday, August 25, at 1 PM eastern.  The call features presentations and discussion of (you guessed it) VIVO apps and tools.  The group maintains a catalog of Community Projects – open source software for use with VIVO.  Do you have an open source application or tool that works with VIVO?  Please consider adding to the catalog.  Regardless, all are welcome on the call!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace 

VIVO Updates for August 14 -- VIVO 1.9, Conference, Survey

VIVO 1.9.  In case you missed it, VIVO 1.9 was released last week. Here's the blog post.  Here are the Release Notes.  Here's the software.  Here's the cheat sheet:

  • Capability Map.  Interactive network visualiation of research areas, researchers and their connections.
  • SEO Improvements.  Site map for people improves search engine discovery of VIVO profiles.
  • Altmetrics improvements.  Altmetrics scores on papers on profiles.
  • Maven project structure.  VIVO and Vitro projects in GitHub have been restructured to support Maven.
  • Maven based installer.  New, simplified installation procedure.  So simple, a project director can do it.
  • OpenJDK support.  Thumbnail image processing has been improved to resolve known issues.
  • Performance improvements.  Greatly improved performance in writing new triples from the inferencer.
  • SPARQL Editor highlighting.  Multi-colored SPARQL editor with syntax highlighting.
  • UTF-8 in emails.  VIVO's unicode character support now available in emails from VIVO.
  • Bug fixes.  More than a dozen bugs fixed.

21 developers from 14 organizations contributed to this release!  Congratulations to all!

If you are in Denver on Tuesday August 16, please consider joining us in the Mattie Silks room of the Marriott City Center Hotel for a documentation work party.  We will be copying, editing, and updating technical documentation in the new VIVO 1.9 Technical Documentation wiki.

VIVO Survey.  Have a VIVO?  Thinking about VIVO?  Got an idea for VIVO? Have you filled out the survey?  You can do this.  10 minutes.  You'll be a hero.  Survey is here:  https://goo.gl/rkr964. Thank you!

VIVO Conference is here.  See you in Denver!  Follow along on Twitter at @vivocollab, hashtag #vivo16.  http://vivoconference.org

Are you a presenter at the Conference?  If so, please submit your work via Figshare http://figshare.com and tag your work vivo16.  We'll make sure your work is in the VIVO Figshare collection, and in OpenVIVO.

No Implementation call this week.  Due to the conference, the Implementation Interest Group call will not be held this Thursday.  Next implementation call is September 15.  As always, if you have a question or comment regarding VIVO, please use the two Google Groups – vivo-community@googlegroups.com and vivo-tech@googlegroups.com.  You can reach us on Twitter at @vivocollab and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VIVOcollaboration

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace 

VIVO Updates for August 7 -- Conference, Survey

The 7th annual VIVO Conference is just one week away.  See http://vivoconference.org for program details and registration.

Here's an overview of each day's events.

Tuesday.  Documentation work party.  If you want to help with VIVO documentation, please join us in the Mattie Silks Room of the Marriott anytime after 9 AM.  A group will be working on VIVO documentation, organizing the new VIVO 1.9 technical documentation wiki.  At 6 PM, Digital Science will be hosting a spotlight event: Are You Open?  All are invited to attend.

Wednesday.  Six workshops will offer registrants a wide range of pre-conference education. In the afternoon, the VIVO Steering and Leadership Groups will meet in the Penrose Ballroom.  At 5:30 PM there will be a welcoming reception in the hotel.

Thursday.  Opening keynote by Sören Auer.  Contributed paper sessions.  Lunch.  Invited talk by Ruben Verbaugh. Invited talk by Pedro Szekely.  Contributed paper sessions.  Poster session and reception.

Friday. Opening keynote by Dario Taraborelli.  Contributed paper sessions.  Lunch.  Invited talk by Sandy Payette.  Invited panel regarding persistent identifiers.  Featured presentations.  Closing session with VIVO around the world and audience feedback.

The VIVO Conference will be an amazing opportunity to hear from experts in the field, contribute to the future of VIVO, meet old friends and make new ones.

Authors should post their presentations and posters to Figshare using the #vivo16 tag.  Attendees should tweet the conference using the #vivo16 tag.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Denver!

VIVO 1.9 tomorrow.  Yes, it's true – VIVO 1.9 will be released Monday, Aug 8!  Look for the announcement in the VIVO email lists and on Twitter.

VIVO Survey.  We are getting a very good response to the VIVO survey.  Thanks to all who have responded.  You are awesome!  We have an entire week before the conference for everyone to continue to share their thoughts about VIVO.  Here's the survey link:  https://goo.gl/rkr964  Results will be available at the conference.

Campus Technologies.  I was pleased to be able to attend Campus Technologies 2016 in Boston this week and participate on a panel regarding research data sharing with Daniel Hook of Symplectic and Laure Haack of ORCiD.  Research data sharing is a big topic, and a great (and obvious?) idea for improving the conduct of research.  Sharing improves verification of results, reproducibility in future studies, and reuse of data via analysis, visualization and pooling subsequent to the original collection. Better tools are needed for collaboration and annotation, and for identifying the participants in research and their work elements and products.    Significant barriers exist, of course, many of which are deeply systemic in the conduct of research and scholarship.  Regardless, It is an exciting time to be contributing to this "opening" of science through research data sharing.

Development call this Thursday.  The Development Interest Group will have its call this 1PM US eastern time this Thursday.  Questions about VIVO development, VIVO 1.9?  Want to help?  Join the call!

See you in Denver!

Mike

Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace 

VIVO Updates for July 31, 2016 -- Survey, UC Boulder, Membership

We want to hear from you.  We are conducting a short survey of all organizations considering VIVO, implementing VIVO or maintaining VIVO.  The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and does not require technical expertise.  Please help us set new directions for VIVO by sharing your thoughts and experiences with us.  The survey is anonymous.  We would be happy to hear from each member of the VIVO community.  Survey results will be tabulated and presented in a poster at the VIVO Conference in Denver August 17-19, and on this wiki following the conference.

Please take 10 minutes to share your thoughts about VIVO with us.  The survey is here: https://goo.gl/rkr964

University of Colorado relaunches its VIVO site.  The University of Colorado, Boulder has relaunched and rebranded its VIVO site.  Now known as CU Experts, the site has a new look and uses data from both Academic Analytics and Symplectic Elements to provide detail regarding expertise.  The site uses ElasticSearch to provide a CU Experts Map.  You can find the site here:  http://experts.colorado.edu Congratulations to the CU Experts team on an outstanding VIVO site!

Supporting VIVO through membership.  Are you using VIVO software?  The VIVO-ISF ontology?  Vitro software?  Is your organization a member of Duraspace supporting the VIVO project?  Are you interested in seeing VIVO continue to advance the representation of scholarship and the showcasing of scholarly work?  Membership provides the financial support we need to sustain the project.  Our members participate in the governance of the project through the VIVO Leadership Group, the Steering Group, and an annual meeting, the Duraspace Summit in Washington DC, held each March.  If you are a member, we greatly appreciate your support.  If you are not a member, please consider becoming a member.  Becoming a member is very simple – and there are various levels of membership to support various budgets.  See http://bit.ly/dura-join to learn more.  If you would like to arrange to discuss membership, please contact me at mconlon@duraspace.org.  I would be happy to speak with you about membership.

Outreach and Engagement call this Thursday.  The Outreach and Engagement Interest Group will meet this Thursday at 1 PM.  The call is the best place for newcomers to VIVO to share their questions about all things VIVO, and in particular, share approaches to engaging faculty and others in the use of VIVO at their organization.  You can join the Webex call using this link.

Campus Technologies  This Thursday, August 4, I will be on a panel at the Campus Technologies Conference in Boston, speaking about issues in research data sharing.  If you are attending the conference, please drop by the panel!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace 

 
 

 

VIVO Updates for July 17 -- SG and LG Updates, SHARE and VIVO

Steering Group Updates  The VIVO Leadership Group has nominated new members for the VIVO Steering Group to serve three year terms.  Mark Fallu of the University of Melbourne, Mark Newton of Columbia University, and Paul Albert of Weill Cornell Medicine have each agreed to serve.  Please join me in welcoming them to the Steering Group!  Short biographies below:

Mark Fallu is the Digital and IT Lead for Research at the University of Melbourne.  Mark is a higher education research technology specialist, having spent 13 years building tools to support and profile research. His current focus is on implementing modern platforms for the management of and administration of research, and developing strategies to quantify and characterize research impact.  Mark has deep experience with VIVO, having developed the internationally recognized Research-Hub at Griffith University and the VIVO user and developer communities more generally.

Mark Newton is the director of the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship at Columbia University Libraries, where his work is focused on building programs and services that promote the broad reach and impact of scholarship. Among his efforts there, he has been involved in the promotion and development of Columbia’s open access repository, its library publishing program, and a number of faculty-sponsored digital scholarship web sites. He looks forward to working with the VIVO steering group to promote the model of open standards and tools that advance the communication of scholars.

Paul Albert works on the VIVO implementation at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. A leader of the Implementation Interest Group, Paul has worked on the project since the NIH grant. Paul has over 23,000 emails with “VIVO” in the subject or body; he regularly prints out these emails and puts them into a scrapbook keepsake.

Our new Steering Group members have big shoes to fill.  Jon Corson-Rikert, the creator of VIVO, retired from Cornell earlier this year.  Robert McDonald, of Indiana University, had participated in steering the project from the beginning of the NIH grant in the fall of 2009.  We are incredibly thankful for the vision, and persistence of Jon and Robert in the creation of VIVO and the VIVO community.  Paul, who has also served in a steering capacity since the beginning of the NH Grant, has agreed to continue with the Steering Group for another three year term.  Thank you Paul!

Leadership Group update.  Julia Laurin of Thomson Reuters has joined the VIVO Leadership Group.  Please join me in welcoming Julia to the Leadership Group!

Keep that testing coming!  VIVO 1.9 release candidate 1 is available for testing.  Join the VIVO Tech list to participate in discussions of the impending release.

SHARE Community Meeting and Hackathon. SHARE held its hackathon and community meeting last week in Charlottesville VA.  TheCenter for Open Science hosted the meeting and participants learned more about SHARE and COS activities, including the SHARE database, Notify service, and the Open Science Framework.  Andi Ogier and Alexander Garcia and I participated in a lively discussion regarding the synergy of VIVO and SHARE and how each can benefit from the other.  I enjoyed the meeting quite a bit – very interesting work, very clear synergy with VIVO, and very good people.  See the trip report for more details.

Implementation Call  Working to set up a VIVO?  Loading your VIVO with data?  Talking to your faculty and institutional leadership about your VIVO project?  Looking for support?  Have an idea to improve VIVO?  This Thursday at 1 PM US Eastern time, please join us for the Implementation Interest Group call with Paul Albert.  It's a friendly group.  Beginners especially welcome!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace