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!



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 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:  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 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

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:  Please join us!



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:

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 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:  Have ideas, questions, comments?  Please join the call!



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: 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  I hope you will consider becoming a member.

VIVO Camp. Registration is open at  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.



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:  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 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:  Please report your findings with this process to

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.  



Mike Conlon VIVO Project DirectorDuraspace 


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 ( developed by Force 11 ( 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 tags ( on its pages to improve search engine finding.  VIVO has a registry of sites ( with URLs for the sites.  VIVO sites can participate in Direct2Experts (, another finding tool.  VIVO site data is aggregated by CTSAsearch (, yet another finding tool.  OpenVIVO ( 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) (, 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 (, 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 ( 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 (," a term coined by Tim Berners-Lee. (  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!  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.

Implementation Interest Group Call  This Thursday at 1 PM US Eastern time, (webex link, 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  You can also find it under Community / Sites on

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



Mike Conlon VIVO Project DirectorDuraspace 

VIVO Updates -- conference thanks, 2018, new steering group members

What a great conference!  The eighth annual VIVO Conference was held at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, August 2-4.  We had outstanding keynote presentations by Christina Pattuelli and Jodi Schneider, invited talks by Katy Frey, Jim Hendler, Dave Eichmann, Ying Ding, and Rebecca Bryant, as well as a featured presentation by Julia Trimmer and Damaris Murry.  But there was quite a bit more – five workshops, 27 contributed presentations, and sixteen posters rounded out a very full program.  Thanks to all the presenters!!

If you presented at the conference and have not yet uploaded your presentation or poster to figshare, please go ahead and upload.  Mike Conlon will follow up regarding posters and presentations not yet uploaded.  We hope to have a complete collection on-line and available in OpenVIVO.  We look forward to seeing your presentation or poster uploaded.  Thank you for your attention to this.

Thanks to all who attended – we had a great opportunity share our experiences and thoughts about where VIVO should head next.

A hearty thanks to all our sponsors.  We greatly appreciate the support of  Platinum sponsors Clarivate Analytics, Elsevier, and Intelligent Medical Objects, Silver Sponsors Symplectic and The Rockefeller University Press, Bronze Sponsor Greensight, Institutional Sponsors Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Pennsylvania, Welcoming Reception Sponsor Weill Cornell Medicine, and Poster Reception Sponsor Clarivate Analytics.

A final thanks to the conference organizing committee, led by Alex Viggio, Conference Chair, and Violeta Ilik, Program Chair.  What a great job.

And a very special thanks to the great folks at Weill Cornell Medicine: Terrie Wheeler, Paul Albert, Nicole Poldiak, Marian Puglisi, and all the staff that created a warm welcome and such strong support throughout the conference.  

Mark your calendars.  VIVO 2018 will be held at the beautiful JB Duke Hotel in Durham, North Carolina, June 6-8, 2018.  Paul Albert is Conference Chair.  Eric Meeks is Program Chair.  Please share your thoughts with Paul and Eric regarding your ideas for the conference!

New Steering Group Members.  The Leadership Group elected three members to the VIVO Steering Group.  Dean Krafft of Cornell was elected to a new three year term.  Lauren Gala of the University of Pennsylvania joins the Steering Group along with DJ Lee of Texas A&M University.  Please join me in welcoming them to the steering group!

Development Call.  The Development Interest Group will have its call this Thursday, at 1 PM US Eastern time.  The group will discuss the Jena 3 upgrade planned for 1.10, required upgrades for the triple store, and utilities included in 1.10 to perform the upgrades.  Here's the webex link: We hope to see you on the call.

Credential Model.  Interested in adding professional licenses, credentials, and certificates to people in your VIVO?  The documentation now includes a credential model to show how these items are presented in VIVO.  Use the model with your favorite ingest tool to add these items to people in your VIVO.

Thoughts about VIVO?  We are always looking for new ideas for VIVO.  We'd love to hear from you.  Please write us at



Mike Conlon VIVO Project DirectorDuraspace 

VIVO Updates -- conference time, Scholars@Cornell launches

Conference time!  The VIVO Conference starts this Wednesday with five workshops and a welcome reception.  Thursday continues with a full program and the poster session and reception.  Friday is another full day with a second keynote, contributed presentations and the closing session.  Weill Cornell Medicine has done an outstanding job preparing for all of us.  Alex Viggio, Conference Chair and Violeta Ilik, Program Chair, and the VIVO 2017 Conference Planning Task Force have put together a great conference.  Registration is open on line at  And walk-up registration is welcome in New York.  Student registration is just $99.  It's going to be a great event.  See you there!

Are you presenting at VIVO 2017?  Once again, VIVO is partnering with figshare to demonstrate the value of a connected ecosystem.  Presenters are encouraged to deposit their materials at figshare, register their ORCiD with the their figshare account, and tag their work with the keyword vivo17.  VIVO uses scripts to harvest materials tagged vivo17 and add them to OpenVIVO under the conference page in OpenVIVO.  Works are also linked to author's profiles.  The result is identified, public metadata for the presentations at the conference.  You may also choose to copy your work to a USB provided at the conference – we can take it from there.  Our goal is a complete presentation of the conference on OpenVIVO.

Tweeting the conference?  Following the conference on Twitter?  It's #vivo17.

Scholars@Cornell Cornell University Library announces the beta launch of Scholars@Cornell - a new data and visualization service for exploring Cornell research from the standpoint of the scholarly record. Scholars@Cornell provides a knowledge network with interactive visualizations for exploring faculty, academic units, and scholarly outputs.  It uses data feeds of publications, grants, and academic affiliations, and provides quality control from both automated routines and data curation partners.   It’s easy to explore the data with the new web-based experience provided by Scholars@Cornell.

Check it out now!

No interest group meeting this week  It's conference time!  See you in New York!



Mike Conlon VIVO Project DirectorDuraspace 



VIVO Updates -- membership, conference, ontology improvements, apps and tools

Membership supports VIVO  How can we afford to do the work we do – advance the software, organize meetings, provide documentation, evangelize VIVO, work with partners, and coordinate the work of all the volunteers supporting VIVO?  The answer is membership in Duraspace supporting the VIVO project.  The VIVO Project relies on you – the users of VIVO, to provide financial support through institutional memberships.  Our sincere thanks go out to all the sites that are institutional members.  You can find a list of these fine folks here:  VIVO Members.  I would like to thank each and every member for their critical financial support.  Without members, there is no project.  If you are a member, please consider whether you might be able to increase your support.  If you are using VIVO and you are not a member, please start a discussion at your institution regarding membership.  If you have questions about membership or member benefits, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Becoming a member is easy.  Follow this link: (that's so easy you can remember it, or write it down).  And please tell your friends and share with others in the VIVO community.  We look forward to your continuing support!

The VIVO Conference  This is NOT the last time VIVO Updates will tell you about the VIVO Conference.  Next week is the last VIVO Updates before the conference.  If you haven't made plans, you still have a 10 days!  See Weill Cornell Medicine has done a tremendous job with local arrangements – we have an exciting line-up of workshops on August 3 followed by an opening reception at the Skylight Lounge, fabulous keynotes and invited speakers, tons of contributed work showing VIVO at various institutions, problems being solved, work for the future, Posters, panels, and of course, an opportunity to discuss VIVO with practitioners from around the world.  It's going to be a great time and I hope to meet you and discuss VIVO with you.  I want to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors.  Sponsors provide critical support for the conference.  When you are at the conference, please stop by the sponsor tables, discuss their interests and thank them for their support.  A special thanks to our institutional sponsors providing additional support.  You can find the sponsors listed on the conference home page.

Ontology Improvements  The Ontology Improvement Task Force will have its next meeting Monday July 31, at 10 AM US Eastern.  The group has been defining a new ontology improvement process for tracking issues, working issues, and insuring that ontology improvements are represented in versions of the released VIVO software – we also expect to be able to update the ontology without needing to update the software.

One feature of the ontology improvement process is the concept of impact.  Some changes are cosmetic, internal, or otherwise have no impact on existing VIVO sites.  Other changes will require changes to the data of existing sites.  And still other changes will require changes to the data and software of running sites.  As changes are proposed, we will try our best to be clear about the impact of a proposed change.  We are planning to have proposed changes vetted by the community during an open comment period.

You can find the draft ontology improvement process, available for comment, here:

Apps and Tools  The Apps and Tools Interest Group will have a call this Thursday at 1 PM Eastern time.  Here's the webex link:  We will take a look at the new Triple Pattern Fragments server available in version 1.10 and available now in OpenVIVO here:



Mike Conlon 

VIVO Project Director