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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 

 

 

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