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VIVO Updates -- January 22 -- Slack, Zoom, new meeting times, webinar

Slack and Zoom.  With the new year come new technologies for use by the VIVO project.

  • Slack is a popular team collaboration tool.  You can join VIVO Slack here: https://goo.gl/forms/JxQFkut4TYj4Ehww1  We have channels for development, ontology, camp, and more.  Join the collaboration!
  • Zoom is a popular web-based video conferencing tool.  VIVO has moved from WebEx to Zoom.  All future VIVO on-line meetings will be held in Zoom.  We are updating the wiki, calendars and other notes to reference new Zoom meetings locations.

Development.  The Development Interest group will meet every Tuesday at 11 AM US Eastern.  All info here:  https://goo.gl/oz39Nj

Ontology.  The Ontology Improvement Task Force will meet every other Tuesday at 10 AM US eastern.  All info here: https://goo.gl/2u6jDg

Apps and Tools. The Apps and Tools Interest Group will meet this Thursday at 1 PM US Eastern at its new Zoom location:  https://duraspace.zoom.us/j/685993966

Webinar: VIVO and the Role of Librarians.  From Violeta Ilik: I wanted to share with all of you two upcoming webinars that are scheduled to happen in February and March. They relate to VIVO and the role of librarians. I am very happy that American Library Association is acknowledging the role of librarians in implementation and continuous support of this project and I am truly honored to have been asked to teach these two webinars. Hope you can join in or recommend to someone.

For more information please visit these two links:

http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/022818

http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/031418

Ideas about VIVO? Please share your ideas about VIVO and Vitro with us.  You can share on a list, on Slack, directly with a member of the VIVO Leadership GroupVIVO Steering Group, send directly to me – Mike Conlon.  We are always looking to hear from you about ways to make VIVO and Vitro better.

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project DirectorDuraspace 

 

 

VIVO Updates for Jan 7 -- New Year, new initiatives

Happy New Year from VIVO!  I wish everyone in the VIVO community a very Happy New Year.  We have much to be thankful for and much to look forward to.  Here are just a few things we can look forward to in 2018:

  • A new approach to community development. In the coming year we hope to organize sprints – concentrated effort related to the development of specific new features.  Software sprints will develop new capabilities for VIVO and Vitro, and incorporate great work available at VIVO sites into the base VIVO for everyone to use.  We look forward to building on the great work of the community to share that great work with others.  This is the essence of open source software development.  Do you have work to share?  We look forward to creating sprints to incorporate your work in future releases. We are gathering examples of great community work that should be available to others through the VIVO community open source efforts.  Please send any example you have of your work, or work of others that you have seen presented at a VIVO conference, or have heard of through lists or community activity. Let's build a better VIVO and Vitro for everyone!
  • VIVO events throughout the year:
    • The VIVO Conference will be held at the JB Duke Hotel in Durham North Carolina on the campus of Duke University, June 6-8, 2018.  Let's see the new community development process bearing fruit for discussion and further development at the conference.  This year, the conference specifically welcomes all those engaged in the representation and creation of open data regarding scholarship.
    • VIVO Camps.  VIVO is planning two camps – one for the spring (April?) and one for the fall (November?).  If you have comments or questions about dates, location, content, or anything else related to these 2.5 day training opportunities, please contact Mike Conlon.
    • VIVO Meet-ups.  Are you planning to attend a conference where other VIVO folks, or people interested in VIVO, or people who should be interested in VIVO (that's almost everyone!) will be attending?  Perhaps you'd like to organize a VIVO meet-up – an informal meeting of VIVO people to discuss VIVO and introduce others to VIVO.  Here's a list of some of the events that we expect VIVO folks to attend over the coming year.  Conferences Attended and to Attend  Are there others?  Please drop us a note.
  • New engagement with Leadership and Steering. The  VIVO Leadership Group and VIVO Steering Group set direction for the project.  New members are elected each year predominantly from organizations supporting VIVO through membership in Duraspace.  Becoming a member is easy.  See Becoming a Member of Duraspace.  Want to help? Please contact a member of Leadership or Steering.  Leadership and Steering will be having a joint meeting in the new year to establish a new roadmap and new strategies for executing the roadmap.  We will have more news about this shortly.
  • Technical developments New approaches for getting data out of VIVO (see below), new approaches for getting data into VIVO (see below) and more are being developed.  Do you have ideas about community open source development?  Are you a developer and want to help?  Please contact Andrew Woods who will be helping develop VIVO's technical community in 2018.
  • New approaches at Duraspace.  In the past, Duraspace provided services to its projects, while the projects operated quite independently.  Over the coming year, expect to see a more integrated approach from Duraspace, with multiple people participating in the project in various new ways.  Business development, membership, partnering, and development of technical community will engage new people and new efforts across all Duraspace projects, including VIVO.

Graham Triggs.  Graham is leaving the VIVO Project as of December 31, 2017.  After two plus years of developing software, creating new releases, launching OpenVIVO, and helping organize the technical documentation, Graham is moving on. Graham's deep knowledge of software development, the VIVO code base, and system environments for VIVO will be sorely missed.  I greatly enjoyed and appreciated working with Graham.  He is an amazing talent. We wish him well in all his future endeavors and profusely thank him for all he has done for VIVO.

Getting Data out of VIVO.  We have a number of methods for getting data out of VIVO.  We can unload the triple store into a single file for use in data analysis software such as R and Tableau.  We can use the Vitro APIs to issue SPARQL queries, and we have many examples of using SPARQL queries for answering adhoc questions, and providing standard tabular data for other applications. And now, Cornell University has made available their Data Distributor, available as an add-in for VIVO versions 1.8 and above.  The Data Distributor supports adding SPARQL queries to VIVO and having them respond at URls of your choice.  This makes it very convenient to support the use of VIVO data in other web sites and for data analysis.  

Congratulations to Cornell for providing this fundamental new capability to the Vitro and VIVO communities!

You can find the Data Distributor here:  https://cul-it.github.io/vivo-data-distribution-api/

Getting Data into VIVO.  There are many methods for getting data into VIVO.  People use the VIVO Harvester, Karma, the VIVO Pump, XSLT, and locally written scripts to gather data, disambiguate works and people, map to the VIVO ontologies, transform to RDF, load and curate as needed.  Can we standardize parts or all of these processes for publications and other works to leverage the great work of the community and provide supported approaches for all?  Would this help VIVO adoption and implementation?  Let's see what our community can do to help others!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project DirectorDuraspace 

 

 

VIVO Updates for Dec 17 -- Cambridge, Cornell, CNI, and a new year

Congratulations Cambridge and Cornell!  The University of Cambridge launched its long awaited VIVO this week.  Congratulations to the team at Cambridge, and to Symplectic, who assisted with the implementation.  Congratulations to the team at Cornell who launched an upgrade to Scholars at Cornell this week.

Do you have a site approaching launch, in development, or in project planning?  Considering a VIVO implementation and have questions?  We'd love to hear from you.  Drop Mike Conlon a note!

Coalition for Networked Information.  The Coalition for Network information holds two meetings each year.  Their fall meeting was held last week in Washington DC.  Here's the website.  Each meeting showcases projects of interest to those building the open scholarly ecosystem.  This meeting had more content on linked data, and research data management and preservation.  Glad to see the community embracing topics that need discussion and work as we move forward.  Of particular interest to me was the closing keynote by Herbert van de Sompel of Los Alamos Laboratories. Slides from Dr. van de Sompel's talk entitled Scholarly Communication: Deconstruct and Decentralize? are available on Slideshare here. He describes a web-centric, personalized approach to scholarly communication using concepts from Solid, a project led by Tim Berners-Lee.  See http://solid.mit.edu

The spring CNI meeting will be held in San Diego, April 12-13, 2018.

Put your thinking cap on.  Early in the new year we will be soliciting ideas for next steps for VIVO.  We have a tremendous community, full of creative, productive people advancing the state of the art in representing, recording, and using the scholarly record produced by Vitro and VIVO.  What would you like to see us do?  See us fix?  See us advance?  How would you like to help?  Make a list, and check it twice.  We'd like to identify the areas that should drive us forward in the coming year.

Happy Holidays!  No VIVO meetings for a few weeks due to the holidays.  We will resume the meeting schedule the week of January 8.  I hope everyone has a lovely holiday full of cheer.  Happy New Year and we look forward to exciting developments in 2018!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project DirectorDuraspace 

VIVO Updates for Nov 19 — Service Providers, Donations, Membership, CNI, Camp, Thanksgiving

Service Providers.  Do you provide professional services to the VIVO community, assisting with planning, data acquisition, implementation, hosting, upgrades or other?  Please contact Erin Tripp, Duraspace, to make sure you are listed with Duraspace as a service provider.

Donations.  Did you know you can make personal financial donations to help the VIVO Project?  As a non-profit, Duraspace is in a position to accept your donation and provide a receipt for tax purposes.  As the end of the year approaches, and you consider potential philanthropy, please consider supporting the VIVO Project with a donation.  To make a donation, please contact Valorie Hollister, Duraspace.

Membership.  Membership in Duraspace supports the VIVO project by providing the financial resources necessary to advance the software, and the community.  If your institution is using VIVO – exploring VIVO, implementing VIVO, or using VIVO to provide services to your institution, please consider a membership in Duraspace.  Your institution receives direct benefits as a member.  Each of the sites in the community benefits from financial stability, and the ability to advance the software and further develop the community.  To become a member, please contact Michele Mennielli, Duraspace.

Coalition for Networked Information.  If you plan to attend the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) meeting in Washington DC, December 11-12, and you are interested in meeting up with other VIVO Community members, please let me know.  Would be good to meet with VIVO people in DC in December.

VIVO Camp.  We had a wonderful time in Durham at VIVO Camp!  Lots of learning, sharing, and camaraderie.  Participants set up their own VIVOs, explored the world of linked data, learned about ontologies, wrote SPARQL queries, and were introduced to Karma, a tool for creating data for VIVO.  A good time was had by all. Thank you to all the participants and instructors!   We are planning a Camp for the spring – dates and location to be determined. Interested? Please contact Julia Trimmer.

No Interest Group Call this week.  The normally scheduled Apps and Tools call for this Thursday is canceled.  This Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States.  Traditionally, families gather for turkey dinner and share what good fortune they have with each other.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project DirectorDuraspace 

VIVO Updates for Nov 5 -- Camp, RDA, Force 11

Time for Camp!  VIVO Camp starts this Thursday, November 9 in Durham, North Carolina at Duke University.  It's never too late to register.  See https://goo.gl/ocvznb Camp is 2.5 days of hands on VIVO training for sites exploring VIVO, planning and conducting implementations.  Camp is about all that stuff we talk about here and on the lists – working with faculty, developing use cases, planning an implementation, assembling a team, identifiers, linked data, SPARQL, VIVO and Vitro, ontology, and much more.  This is not a conference, or a hackathon.  It is training leading to development of new skills.  Please join me, Graham TriggsJulia TrimmerVioleta IlikPaul Albert, and Benjamin Gross at VIVO Camp.  We hope to see you there.

And a special thanks to Julia Trimmer and the folks at Duke for hosting VIVO Camp!

Where in the world is VIVO?  Did you know that we have a list of all the VIVO sites in the world that we know of?  It's right here:  http://duraspace.org/registry/vivo.  Anyone can add a new site to the list.  And if you are on the list and would like to update your information, that's easy to do as well.  We list sites that are implementing as well as sites that are in production.  Have a new a site that isn't on the list?  Please add your site!

Research Data Alliance.  I had an opportunity to attend the 10th plenary meeting of the Research Data Alliance in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Everything was new for me.  It was very exciting to see so many people so focused on creating the means for sharing research data.  RDA is organized for work – plenary meetings are held every six months and consist of birds of a feather meetings, interest groups and working group meetings.  There are posters, and a keynote, and some plenary business, but the vast majority of the meeting is work.  I found that I knew quite a number of people working with RDA.  And that the work of RDA is very aligned with the work of VIVO, and VIVO's core principles of open community, open ontology, open source software, and open, shared data.  If you are involved in the production, curation, and sharing of research data, I would encourage you to participate in RDA.  See http://rd-alliance.org Their next plenary meeting will be in Berlin, March 21-23, 2018.

Force 11.  Another worthwhile group is Force 11.  They held their annual meeting in Berlin, October 25-27.  Force 11, founded as "Beyond the PDF" is dedicated to transforming scholarly communication – moving beyond static publications in peer reviewed journals to a more vibrant collection of scholarly outputs with a variety of participation and attribution models.  The world of scholarly communication is changing rapidly, and VIVO plays an important role in collecting information about the activities of scholars in all forms of scholarship. Many Force 11 leaders and participants have experience with VIVO and understand the need for an open, shared, ecosystem.  To learn more about Force 11, see https://www.force11.org/

Development Interest Group  The Development Interest Group meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 1 PM US Eastern time.  Are you a Java developer?  Do you have access to a VIVO development environment?  We'd love to hear from you and have you join the calls.  Here's the WebEx link:  https://goo.gl/dwN1WH  Please join us!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director Duraspace 

VIVO Updates for Oct 1, 2017 -- storms, roadmap, vivo camp, membership, RDA, outreach and engagement

It's been a month  This fall has been a big one for natural disasters in the southern United States and the islands of the Caribbean.  First we had Hurricane Harvey in Houston and southeastern Texas, with its enormous flooding, then Hurricane Irma with flooding and wind damage across the entire state of Florida, followed by Hurricane Maria with its tremendous damage to Puerto Rico and other islands.  Many, many millions of people were left homeless, without power, water, food, transportation, medical care, and other necessities.  And some people lost their lives.

My own experience was rather minor – our home was undamaged.  Our power was out for 2.5 days, along with running water.  Our wifi service was interrupted for nine days.  We have numerous trees down.  The bridge to our property was washed away and required 18 days to repair – in the meantime we had limited ability to get around – things are far apart where I live, and there is no public transportation. But Florida is very well prepared for such storms and the response to the storm was remarkable – tens of thousands of people from across the country, and from other countries, assisted tens of thousand of Floridians in rescue efforts, clearing streets, restoring power, and in repairing and rebuilding roads, bridges, and buildings.  Neighbors helped neighbors and strangers.  The work of returning to normal is on-going. My own work was disrupted while we took care of repairs, and thankfully we had the means to make repairs.  All is almost back to normal – the bridge is driveable and final repairs should be completed this week.  I appreciate everyone's patience.

But more than patience is needed for people who lost more in the storms.  Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the islands of the Caribbean are in need of additional help. If you are able to help, please consider supporting your local charities, and all those providing assistance to those in need.

Roadmap comments  Thanks to all who left comments on the Roadmap Poster at the VIVO conference.  Making VIVO better for scholarship is on-going work.  We are always looking for ideas to make VIVO more open, more useful for everyone, particularly scholars and their institutions.  Let's face it – getting data together for VIVO – getting permissions to use everything – working with the faculty to insure they are represented properly and engaged in the VIVO process – cleaning data to a level suitable for public display by VIVO – transforming data from existing formats to VIVO RDF – updating data as new faculty, grants, papers, courses, data, and other artifacts of scholarship are created – it's all real work.  Not particularly technical, but very caring of the people whose work is being represented, and very detailed.  When you have data in VIVO, you have a strong desire to use it to help people improve scholarship via expert finding, showcasing individual and program work, evaluation, analysis, and assessment.  We need much better ways to get data into VIVO, and there need to be many more ways to get data out – packaged ways such as visualizations and reports, and open ways such as data publication and APIs.  We are always engaged in an open, on-going conversation about how to improve the representation of scholarship, how to have data about such representations, and how to use data about scholarship to improve scholarship.  We welcome your comments and look forward to making VIVO more useful for all.

VIVO Camp, Durham, NC, Nov 9-11, 2017.  VIVO Camp is an opportunity to learn from VIVO experts.  Come join Mike ConlonGraham TriggsVioleta IlikPaul Albert, and Julia Trimmer for an intense, hands-on training experience in VIVO administration, VIVO data, and VIVO community.  Participants will run VIVO on their own machines, develop input procedures, discuss their institutional environments with campers, and do lots of homework.  Toasted marshmallows, ghost stories, and two and a half days of VIVO training!  Ready to learn about VIVO?  Registration is open here:  https://goo.gl/ocvznb

Membership in Duraspace Membership in Duraspace is critically important to continue to move VIVO forward.  As we consider how to make VIVO better, please consider supporting VIVO through membership in Duraspace.  It's easy to become a member.  See http://bit.ly/dura-join If you are a member already, thank you for your support!

RDA  As airports in Florida were cleared, I had an opportunity to attend the 10th Plenary of the Research Data Alliance in Montreal.  This was my first RDA meeting.  I very much enjoyed the purpose and structure of RDA – as a statistician by training, I have been involved in the creation and management of research data throughout my career – meeting so many people with similar interests was fantastic.  Research data is, of course, just one of the kinds of things that VIVO is interested in representing and facilitating, showcasing, and using as indicators of expertise, productivity, and impact.  There is much we can do to improve VIVO's ability to represent and use research data.  The structure of RDA is also fascinating – very few prepared talks – almost all the time is spent in Birds of a Feather sessions (organizing future interest groups), Interest groups (planning future work), and working groups (doing work).  I like work, so this structure was very appealing to me.  The plenaries are held every six months which provides strong accountability for the entire process.  I can't speak to results (I'm new).  I'd love to hear from others about their RDA experiences.

Outreach and Engagement  The Outreach and Engagement Interest Group will have its regular call this Thursday, October 5 at 1 PM US Eastern time.  Here's a link for webex: https://goo.gl/PKuxNg  Have ideas, questions, comments?  Please join the call!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project DirectorDuraspace 

VIVO Updates for Sept 3 -- Participation, Membership, Camp, VIVO 1.10

Participation in VIVO.  The Outreach and Engagement Interest Group will have a call this Thursday at 1 PM US Eastern time.  Webex link is here:  https://goo.gl/4rjbzp Please join for a discussion regarding participation in VIVO.  What are the opportunities?  What might the opportunities be?  We look forward to sharing ideas!

Membership in Duraspace.  One way to participate in VIVO is to become a member.  Members participate in the governance of the project – selecting members of the Leadership Group and the Steering Group.  Members financially support the project enabling VIVO to participate in collaborative efforts around the world.  Becoming a member is very simple.  See http://bit.ly/durajoin.  I hope you will consider becoming a member.

VIVO Camp. Registration is open at  https://goo.gl/ocvznb  for VIVO Camp November 9-11, at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.  Camp is 2 1/2 days of training in all things VIVO.  Unlike a half day workshop, camp provides the opportunity to go into detail on a wide variety of topics critical to the success of a VIVO implementation.  Evaluating VIVO?  Camp provides an opportunity to get all your questions answered, in depth, and personally through interaction with VIVO experts.  Working on a VIVO implementation?  Bring your questions, and experiences to camp for a VIVO refresher. Camp will include hands on exercises in VIVO system administration and VIVO data management.  Questions about camp?  Please contact any of the instructors: Paul AlbertVioleta IlikGraham TriggsMike Conlon, and Julia Trimmer.  We look forward to seeing you in Durham in November!

VIVO 1.10 Please try the beta release and the associated utilities for upgrading.  See VIVO 1.10 Release Testing  You can comment right on the page with questions, findings, comments.

Go VIVO!

Mike

VIVO Updates -- Is VIVO FAIR? Plus camp, and 1.10 testing

VIVO Camp  Summer may be almost over, but that doesn't mean you've missed a chance to attend camp.  VIVO Camp will be held November 9-11 in beautiful Durham North Carolina.  Join Julia TrimmerGraham TriggsVioleta IlikPaul Albert, and Mike Conlon for 2.5 days of training regarding VIVO – planning a VIVO project, acquiring data for VIVO, data management for VIVO, VIVO ontology, and much more.  See what others are doing, share thoughts about your project with your classmates and with VIVO experts.  Registration is open here:  https://goo.gl/ocvznb  See you in Durham!

VIVO 1.10 Upgrading to the next version of VIVO will require that you export your triple store using a provided utility, upgrade your system, and reload your triple store using a second provided utility.  If you are the system administrator for your VIVO, please make sure you have tested VIVO 1.10 beta, available at GitHub and are comfortable with the upgrade process.  Please report any issues with the beta upgrade at vivo-tech@googlegroups.com If you are the project manager or data manager for your VIVO site, please make sure you have met as a team with your system administrator and developers to make sure that the upgrade process has been tested and that the consequences of the upgrade are well understood by all.

We have preliminary documentation regarding testing available here:  https://goo.gl/gGVvbv  Please report your findings with this process to vivo-tech@googlegroups.com

Is VIVO FAIR?  How do the FAIR data principles – data should be findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable – apply to the data in VIVO systems?  This month's blog post considers this question along with things we each might do to make VIVO data more FAIR.  See Is VIVO FAIR?

No interest group call this Thursday.  August has five Thursdays.  We have four interest groups that meet on the first (Outreach and Engagement Interest Group), second (Development Interest Group), third (Implementation Interest Group), and fourth (Apps and Tools Interest Group) Thursday respectively.  No call this Thursday.  

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project DirectorDuraspace 

Is VIVO FAIR?

NOTE: Apologies in advance.  This post is a bit longer than I would like, and contains some unavoidable technical terms.  I have tried to provide citations for each term, recognizing that this will further lengthen the reading for some.  I felt it was better to address this topic in one post rather than break it in two.  I hope that is good for all.
 
The FAIR data principles (https://goo.gl/MFTfC6) developed by Force 11 (https://www.force11.org) are increasingly popular and provide a means for assessing whether data is being shared in a useful manner for others.
 
VIVO sites produce data in the form of assertions about the connected graph of research and scholarship.  How does VIVO stack up against the FAIR data principles?
 
Findable. VIVO data is quite findable.  VIVO includes schema.org tags (http://schema.org) on its pages to improve search engine finding.  VIVO has a registry of sites (https://goo.gl/9Thaa8) with URLs for the sites.  VIVO sites can participate in Direct2Experts (http://direct2experts.org/), another finding tool.  VIVO site data is aggregated by CTSAsearch (https://goo.gl/Du3Fwn), yet another finding tool.  OpenVIVO (http://openvivo.org) provides its data as constantly updated text files on the web.  These files are very easy to find using a search engine (hint: search for "OpenVIVO data").  And with the addition of Triple Pattern Fragments (TPF) (https://goo.gl/k1BtFQ), in the next release of VIVO, I expect additional tools to be developed to find VIVO data.  The future is bright to further improve "find ability" of VIVO data.
 
Accessible. If people can find your VIVO data, can they access it?  The answer is yes.  VIVO is designed to share its data.  Every page in VIVO can be accessed as HTML, which browsers use to render the page for humans to read, and as RDF (https://www.w3.org/RDF/), a machine readable data format for computers to read.  This is one of VIVO's strongest features, and one of its biggest secrets.  Programmers can access VIVO's data starting from almost any page in VIVO, becuase VIVO provides a connected graph of scholarship and research.  Starting at a person, one can find papers, leading to co-authors.  Starting at an organization, one can find people who have positions in the organization.  Starting at a grant, one can find the funding agency, investigators, and so on.  VIVO makes traversing the graph straightforward.  
 
Additionally, sites may export their data to files accessible on the Internet, as OpenVIVO does, or provide a SPARQL (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPARQL) endpoint.  The TPF feature in the next release of VIVO will make VIVO data even easier to access.
 
Interoperable. VIVO data, modeled using the VIVO ontology, is amazingly interoperable.  Two sets of VIVO data can be combined simply by putting them in the same file.  No other work is needed.  All VIVO sites and sites exporting VIVO data (there are many) are fully interoperable.  They share the same data format (RDF) and the same representation/vocabulary (The VIVO Ontology).
 
Interoperability is lowered when sites do not use the same version of the VIVO ontology.  While each version is a valid representation of scholarship, the ontology currently does not provide equivalence between versions.  This must be done by software attempting to use multiple versions of the ontology.  Future work may lower the effort currently needed to use multiple ontology versions.
 
Interoperability can be lowered when VIVO sites extend the ontology in custom ways to represent additional elements in VIVO, or to represent elements that should be common and in the ontology.  The VIVO community needs to work with sites to identify elements that should be in the common ontology to avoid such customizations.
 
Similarly, interoperability can be lowered when sites use custom vocabulary to represent research concepts.  The VIVO community needs more work to develop best practices for presenting the concepts underlying research areas of scholars, and subject areas of their works.
 
Reusable VIVO data, modeled by the VIVO ontology, achieves the highest standards for reusability.  VIVO data is "Five Star Linked Data (https://goo.gl/GRN1RV)," a term coined by Tim Berners-Lee. (https://goo.gl/rrjzmZ).  VIVO data is 1) on the web; 2) machine readable structured data; 3) uses a non-proprietary format; 4) published using open W3C standards; and 5) links to other open data.  Anyone on the Internet can reuse VIVO data.  
 
And yet, there are things we can do to improve reusability.  We can clarify the license under which sites provide VIVO data, and provide that information with the data.  We can clarify where sites obtained their data and provide that information with the data.  VIVO's current practice is to "inherit" provenance information from the source providing the information -- that is, if the data came from site x, we currently assume site x provided the data.  We can go further and assert such facts explicitly in the VIVO data.  We currently assume that VIVO data is provided by each site in a manner that supports reuse with attrbution.  We can clarify this by providing a license assertion in the VIVO data.
 
Each VIVO site determines for itself how best to meet the FAIR data principles, if at all.  Some sites share their data freely, while others rely on the delivered VIVO software to share their data.  Still others have their data behind firewalls, preventing sharing.  Unshared data cannot be FAIR.
 
Each of the FAIR data principles has sub-headings providing further guidance regarding what it means to be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.  I urge you take a look at the principles and consider how VIVO can be improved and how your data practices can be improved to further the goal of VIVO data as FAIR data.
 
There is more that VIVO can do to improve VIVO's data as FAIR data.  We are all learning how to be FAIR.  I think VIVO Is doing well and can do better.
 
So perhaps a short working answer to "Is VIVO FAIR?" is: 1) the VIVO project supports the FAIR data principles; 2) the VIVO ontology is a strong element of VIVO which supports the FAIR data principles;  3) the VIVO software provides features which support the FAIR data principles; and 4) VIVO sites provide VIVO data and each can share data according to the FAIR data principles.
 
If you are involved with a VIVO site and are non-technical, you may wish to discuss with your technical staff how your site is addressing FAIR data principles.  If you are at a VIVO site and are technical, you may wish to speak with the non-technical members of the team regarding how your site should address FAIR data principles.  Working together, sites should be able to align their practices with their institutional requirements and with the FAIR data principles.
 
What do you think?  What more can the VIVO project do to promote data sharing using the FAIR data principles?  What features could be added to the ontology or to the software to make sharing data even more natural?
 

Updates -- camp, tools, pubmed, implementation, registry

Fall Camp November 9-11, Durham, NC  Planning a VIVO project?  Need to learn more about VIVO – sources of data, community engagement, data representation, queries, data management? VIVO Camp is 2 1/2 days of training.  Register today! https://goo.gl/ocvznb  Ideas for camp?  Please contact one of the instructors: Violeta IlikMike ConlonPaul AlbertGraham Triggs, and Julia Trimmer.  We'd love to hear from you!

Community Projects  Do you need a tool to help with your VIVO project?  Do you have a tool that might help others?  Community Projects is our catalog of community-based software that may help with your project.  Have something to add?  Please visit the page and tell us about your tool.

Adding PubMed Links to VIVO  Our good friends at Dartmouth College have written a great description of adding PubMed links to articles in your VIVO. As you may know, the NIH requires that papers produced with its funding be freely available in PubMed Central after a one year embargo.  Providing links to the full text of such papers turns your VIVO into a PubMed reading machine – find a paper in VIVO, read it via PubMedCentral. https://ic3d.dartmouth.edu/blog/vivo-hack-how-include-links-pubmed-articles-vivo-profile

Implementation Interest Group Call  This Thursday at 1 PM US Eastern time, (webex link https://goo.gl/sMc7YS), the Implementation Interest Group welcomes all those involved in VIVO projects for discussion of issues relating to creating and owning a VIVO.  All are welcome.  All questions are welcome. And if you'd just like to join to listen to the conversation, that's good too.

Registry friendly reminder  VIVO has a list of its sites (we get asked often if we have a list of sites.  We do).  We call the list a "registry".  You can find the list of sites at http://duraspace.org/registry/vivo  You can also find it under Community / Sites on http://vivoweb.org

If you don't see your site on the list, you can add it.  Click the link at the top of the first page of the registry.  Or click here

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project DirectorDuraspace 

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