Don’t Delay: VIVO Conference Call for Papers, Workshops and Posters Extended Until Monday, March 21st
The Duraspace Summit. Each year, Duraspace holds a summit meeting of its members. This year, the meeting is March 16-17 in Washington DC at the Cosmos Club. Members of Duraspace and the Duraspace projects – Fedora, DSpace, and VIVO – gather to discuss issues related to future of scholarship, its representation and preservation. VIVO members will discuss strategic direction and growing VIVO adoption and membership. Graham Triggs and I will be there. Dean B. Krafft and I will present an update on VIVO. The attendees will hear a keynote by Tyler Walters of the Virginia Tech Libraries. The summit is a great opportunity to meet supporters of VIVO and consider its future. if you are a member and have not attended this meeting, I can not recommend it highly enough. The two half-days are structured for interaction and action. If you are a member, I hope to see you at the summit! If you are not a member, I hope you will consider becoming a member and joining us at the summit next year. Please see http://vivoweb.org/membership for more information.
New at the VIVO Conference this year. This year, the conference is offering opportunities for institutional sponsors to support students and others to attend the conference through registration waivers. Would you like to support attendance at the conference and promote your institution at the same time? Consider institutional sponsorship of the VIVO conference. See VIVO Conference Sponsorship Prospectus for this opportunity to sponsor the conference, help people attend, and promote your institution.
The VIVO Strategic Plan. Back in December of 2014, VIVO finalized a two year strategic plan. See VIVO Strategic Plan 2015-2016. The plan helps us make good choices about moving the project forward. As times change, and the community changes, the needs of the community change. The two year plan has served us well. It is time to update the plan for 2017-2018. The strategic planning process will begin at the summit with the members and the leadership group. Dean B. Krafftwill lead a discussion of issues related to VIVO's future. From there, we will continue the discussion in our interest groups, at our meetings, at the conference, and in final planning this fall. By December we will have a final draft for review by the community and the governance groups. And by January of 2017 we will be operating under a new plan. You may wish to review the strategic plan to prepare for these conversations. We hope to hear from you!
Notes on the George Washington University implementation. Justin Littman of GWU has written a great summary of the implementation of VIVO at the George Washington University, known as GW Expert Finder. Justin addresses issues common to VIVO implementations. Highly recommended.
Speaking of Implementation, the Implementation Interest Group call is this Thursday. New to VIVO? Working on an implementation? Where will you get data? Who will be in your VIVO? What tools will you use? What policies will apply? Can others use your data? These and many other questions about VIVO implementations are addressed on the Implementation Interest Group calls. The group will have a call this Thursday at 1 PM Eastern US time. This is a great call for those new to VIVO. Contact Paul Albert for more info.
Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director
Who presents at the VIVO conference? You do! There's a ton of great work going on in the VIVO community, and this is your opportunity to share what you have done. The conference call for proposal deadline is March 14. Proposals are welcome on all topics related to VIVO: outreach and engagement approaches, data management, constructing data flows, ontology extensions, local implementation issues, tools for ingest, reusing VIVO data, the semantic web, and projects related to VIVO and/or using VIVO data (there are many!) The program committee is seeking proposals for workshops, panels, posters, and presentations. Submit your proposal this week.
Are you a first time presenter? Submitting a proposal is simple. A 500 word abstract is all you need.
OpenVIVO at the VIVO conference. Open VIVO is progressing nicely. We expect a first demonstration at the Force16conference in Portland. OpenVIVO will be demonstrated at the VIVO Conference. Submissions to the VIVO Conference will be posted in the VIVO Conference collection on figshare. See http://vivo.figshare.com. If you don't have an ORCiD identifier for yourself, you should get one. Will take you a 30 seconds. It's free. With an ORCiD identifier, you will be able to use OpenVIVO. Presentation materials will be added to your OpenVIVO profile automatically from Figshare.
Development call this Thursday. The Development Interest Group will have a call this Thursday at 1 PM Eastern US time. We're always interested in having new people join the calls. Contact Graham Triggs for more info.
Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director
A first anniversary. Tuesday will mark my one year anniversary as VIVO Project Director. I am grateful for all the support I have received from you and from Duraspace. Together, VIVO has made great progress. I will have an annual report sometime soon and share the many things that have happened over the course of the year. I want to take this opportunity to thank the VIVO members, the members of the Leadership Group, Steering Group, Committers Group, Interest Group Chairs, Task Force Chairs, Duraspacers, (and of course Graham!) and the many active members of the VIVO community who volunteer their time and effort, their ideas and interests, their talent and creativity, to making VIVO better. I thank all of you!
Upcoming meetings and webinars. Looks like a busy spring of events over the next two months. If you will be attending any of these events, or will be in the neighborhood, let's plan to get together!
- March 2-3. Graham Triggs will be attending the JISC DigiFest in Birmingham, UK. Planning to attend? Contact Graham!
- March 11. Second installment of the VIVO plus Share webinar series. Andi Ogier from Virginia Tech will be speaking on "Institutional Perspectives on the Impact of SHARE and VIVO Together"
- March 16-17. The Duraspace Summit is a members meeting in Washington DC. Graham and I will be there, along with the VIVO Leadership Group and Steering Group, and will meet with VIVO members and representatives from other Duraspace efforts – Fedora, Dspace, DuraCloud and other Duraspace services. I look forward to spending time with the VIVO members. Not a member? It's easy to join. See VIVO Membership
- March 21. The third and final installment of the VIVO plus Share webinar series.
- April 4-5. CNI workshop at the CNI member meeting in San Antonio, TX. I will be leading a discussion on the role of scientists and archives in the preservation and reuse of scientific data and metadata at the upcoming Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) spring member meeting in San Antonio, April 4-5. Attending the meeting? Please plan to attend the discussion and share your thoughts on this important topic. Hope to see you there!
- April 17-19. The Force16 Conference in Portland Oregon. We will be demonstrating Open VIVO. See below, and hope to see you in Portland!
- April 21. Emerging Trends in Scholarly Publishing, Washington, DC. Sponsored by Allen Press. I'll be speaking on scientific collaboration and scholarly communication.
- April 28-29. Southeast Asian Chapter of the American College of Pharmacology meetings in Mumbai, India. Helping friends develop translational science.
Open VIVO call this Tuesday. The Open VIVO Task Force will have its third weekly call this Tuesday at 1 PM. Please join on WebEx. We will be reviewing the project plan, discussing URI for Open VIVO, and open issues related to the project plan. A high level view of the project plan can be found on the Open VIVO Task Force page in the VIVO wiki. Here are 10 things the OpenVIVO task force is working on:
- Demonstration of a hosted VIVO that anyone can join
- Sign on via an ORCiD identifier and password
- Automatic ingest of publications from ORCiD
- Ingest of material from the Force16 collection at Figshare (extensible to any collection on Figshare)
- Real-time addition of publications to a faculty profile by specifying a DOI or PubMed ID
- Standard RDF for journals, dates, and organizations
- Use of FAST as a standard vocabulary for research areas
- Publication of Open VIVO data to GitHub
- Consumption of Open VIVO data in CTSA Search
- Demonstration of a controlled vocabulary for attribution and contribution to scholarly works
Outreach and Engagement call this Thursday. The Outreach and Engagement Interest Group (OEIG, never looked at that acronym before, hmmm) will have a call this Thursday at 1 PM Eastern US time. We're always interested in having new people join the calls. Contact Julia Trimmer or Kristi Holmes for more info.
Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director
Griffith University in Brisbane Australia has finished a major upgrade to its VIVO-based information systems. Formerly known as Griffith University Research Hub, the new system, Griffith Experts organizes more than 74,000 publications of Griffith in an attractive, easy to use portal. Check it out!
Ontology workshop. This past week I had the distinct pleasure to participate in a three day workshop on ontologies for the representation of social entities in biomedicine. Sponsored by the Clinical and Translation Science Ontology Group (CTSOG), and chaired by Barry Smith of the University at Buffalo, and Bill Hogan of the University of Florida, the workshop considered the representation of social entities and documents using the Basic Formal Ontology (BFO) and the Information Artifact Ontology (IAO), both of which are used extensively in VIVO. I presented on the use of ontologies in VIVO. You can find my presentation on Figshare here. You can find my notes on the workshop here. VIVO is a prominent example of the use of these ontologies.
VIVO SHARE webinar series. SHARE and VIVO will be co-sponsoring a three part webinar series, VIVO plus SHARE: Closing the Loop on Scholarly Activity beginning this Wednesday. Learn more about how SHARE and VIVO are collaborating on joint projects to enhance the scholarly ecosystem in both representation and reuse of metadata. Webinars will be held February 24, March 11, and March 21. All webinars are at 1 PM US Eastern time. Register today!
CNI Workshop. I will be leading a discussion on the role of scientists and archives in the preservation and reuse of scientific data and metadata at the upcoming Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) spring member meeting in San Antonio, April 4-5. Attending the meeting? Please plan to attend the discussion and share your thoughts on this important topic. Hope to see you there!
Open VIVO call this Tuesday. The Open VIVO Task Force will have its second weekly call this Tuesday at 1 PM. Please join on WebEx. We will be reviewing the project plan, discussing URI for Open VIVO, and open issues related to the project plan. A high level view of the project plan can be found on the Open VIVO Task Force page in the VIVO wiki.
Apps and Tools call this Thursday. The Apps and Tools Interest Group will have a call this Thursday at 1 PM Eastern US time. Interested in tools you can use with VIVO? Writing a new tool using VIVO data? Or the ontology? Calls often present new tools by their authors. Contact Ted Lawless or Chris Barnes for further information. For dates of upcoming VIVO calls and meetings, see the VIVO Calendar on the front page of the VIVO wiki.
Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director
VIVO 2016 Conference Call for Proposals is open through March 14. The VIVO conference will be held this year in Denver, Colorado, August 17-19. The Call for Proposals is now open. Propose a panel, talk, poster, or workshop. In the past, we've had two calls for proposals – one for workshops and a second one for papers, posters, and panels. This year, the calls have been rolled into one. Have something you'd like to present? Here's your chance. Have someone you think should be invited to give a talk at the VIVO conference? Wondering whether your proposal would be good for the VIVO conference? Share your questions and ideas with the Program Chair, Manuel de la Cruz Gutierrez.
Open VIVO. The Open VIVO Task Force is up and running! A big thank you to all who volunteered their time and effort to work on Open VIVO. We have a team, a bunch of work to do, a project plan, a task force, and a first weekly call, this Tuesday at 1 PM US Eastern Time. Want to help? Join us on WebEx. We will be going over the work plan, and the scope of six sub-projects: 1) infrastructure, 2) Journal and Organizational RDF, 3) Figshare ingest, 4) DOI ingest from CrossRef, 5) Attribution and Contribution ontology, and 6) Authentication via ORCid. If any of that sounds interesting, please join the call!
Intent to Merge. As you may know, VIVO is a project of Duraspace, financially supported through membership in Duraspace, a non-profit corporation, dedicated to open source software, and the preservation of the scholarly record. In January, the boards of Duraspace and Lyrasis, also a non-profit corporation with open source projects and focused on library and cultural heritage organizations, announced their Intent to Merge. This is a public declaration that the two companies are considering a merger, and doing the necessary due diligence to prepare for a final decision by the respective boards. As a board member of Duraspace, I participated in the exploratory committee efforts leading to a recommendation to the Duraspace board that we move to Intent to Merge. Lyrasis offers complementary strengths and the combined company could potentially improve its ability to support open source software, including VIVO. You can read more about the Intent to Merge – boards are seeking feedback from the community.
Implementation Call call this Thursday. The Implementation Interest Group will have its call this Thursday at 1 PM Eastern US time. This call is a great place to start if you are new to the VIVO community. Questions about VIVO? Are you starting a VIVO implementation? Have you been asked to evaluate VIVO? This group can help. No experience with VIVO is required. Calls discuss implementation basics, getting data into VIVO, and everything else you might want to know about having a VIVO at your institution. Contact Paul Albert for further information. For dates of upcoming VIVO calls and meetings, see the VIVO Calendar of the front page of the VIVO wiki.
Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director
The Seventh Annual VIVO Conference will be held August 17-19, 2016 at the Denver Marriott City Center in Denver, Colorado. The organizers are pleased to issue this call for contributions to the program.
The VIVO Conference creates a unique opportunity for people from around the world to come together to explore ways to use semantic technologies and linked open data to promote scholarly collaboration and research discovery.
The VIVO conference is an excellent opportunity to meet with VIVO team members from participating institutions. It also offers an open and collaborative environment to share ideas and discuss topics related to adoption and implementation of VIVO, VIVO-based tools and the opportunities created by advancing data sharing and team science.
Authors are invited to submit proposals for panel and paper presentations, workshops and posters on topics of interest for the Seventh Annual VIVO Conference in August. Proposals must be received by Monday, March 14th at 5:00 PM EST.
Contributions are invited to explore, evaluate, or demonstrate exceptional VIVO implementations, integration with external systems, and experiences on traditional and alternative methods of tracking and presenting impact. We encourage submissions on all aspects of using and/or studying semantic technologies within the interpretive context of representing scholarship and scholars, but especially on the role of communities of collaboration and faceted teamwork across disciplines within this area of scholarly inquiry.
We invite proposals for long presentations (30 minutes), short presentations (20 minutes), posters, and submissions for a limited number of opportunities for interactive panel discussions (60 to 90 minutes). Proposals are welcome from emerging and experienced students, teachers, developers, and researchers.
We also invite all interested parties to submit workshop proposals. Workshops will be taught on August 16th and each will be 3.5 hours long. We strongly encourage proposals which incorporate a lively presentation style and which use a variety of instructional approaches (e.g. lecture, demonstration, group discussion, brainstorming, hands-on exercises, and case studies) and materials (e.g. slides, handouts, code snippets and sample data on the VIVO wiki) throughout the session. We encourage proposals that focus on training needs for staff who support and manage VIVO implementations regardless of the role they play in the VIVO project: project management, outreach and engagement, data management, and technical development.
Instructions for Submitting Proposals
Conference Presentations (long and short) and Panels
Proposals for presentations or panels should be maximum of 500 words. Abstracts of accepted presentations and panels will be made available through the conference’s web site and the printed booklet distributed at the conference during registration. In general, sessions will have two or three presentations; panels may take an entire session or may be combined with a presentation. Relevant proposals unsuccessful in the main track will be considered for inclusion, as appropriate, as a poster.
We invite proposals for posters that showcase current work, and proposals for posters should be maximum of 500 words. Attendees will view and discuss your work during the poster reception.
Proposals for workshops should also be maximum of 500 words. We encourage proposals that focus on training needs for staff who support and manage VIVO implementations regardless of the role they play in the VIVO project: project management, outreach and engagement, data management, and technical development. Please address the following in your workshop proposal:
Length of session (e.g. half a day or a whole day)
Learning outcomes from the session
How many attendees you plan to accommodate
Audio, visual and facility requirements
- Any other supplies or support required
- The VIVO 2016 Conference Task Force welcomes proposals that are still in the formative stages, and may work with potential presenters to focus their proposals further.
- Proposals should name any particular products or services that are integral to the content of the presentation. However proposals should not be used as a venue to promote any product, service, or institution.
Follow the conversation on Twitter at #vivo16.
We look forward to seeing you in Denver!
Manuel de la Cruz Gutierrez, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org) VIVO Conference Program Chair
Julia Trimmer (email@example.com) VIVO Conference Chair
Michelle Issing (firstname.lastname@example.org) Conference Planner
George Washington University VIVO goes live! The George Washington University in Washington, DC has launched its VIVO site, GW Expert Finder. You can find it at https://expert.gwu.edu. Congratulations to the George Washington University team! GW Expert Finder uses data from GW sources, as well as from ORCiD to populate faculty profiles.
Open VIVO. At the Force16 conference in Portland Oregon, VIVO will demonstrate "Open VIVO" a hosted, open VIVO that anyone with an ORCiD can join. Conference attendees are required to submit materials with their ORCiD identifier and post these materials in Figshare. An Open VIVO Task Force will create a hosted VIVO, support user sign on via ORCiD, pre-load Figshare content and ORCiD content, and support real-time addition of scholarly works to a profile by providing a DOI. A signed on user will be able to add a paper, or other DOI-identified work, to their profile by providing the DOI, and the contribution they made to the work. Open VIVO will load the metadata for the publication from CrossRef in real-time. GRID data will be used to identify organizations. An extensive list of journals will be included. Users of Open VIVO will be able to export their data at any time. Data from RDF will be published to GitHub, on a daily basis for anyone to use. Features and data developed for Open VIVO will be incorporated into future versions of VIVO. The task force is looking for expertise in user interface and graphical design, and in Java development. A document describing the scope of the work can be found here. Please consider joining the task force for Open VIVO. Contact Mike Conlon to help!
Development Call call this Thursday. The Development Interest Group will have its call this Thursday at 1 PM Eastern US time. Experience with Java development is recommended. No experience with VIVO is required. Calls discuss on-going development efforts, Maven, Selenium testing. Contact Graham Triggs for further information. For dates of additional upcoming VIVO calls and meetings, see the VIVO Calendar of the front page of the VIVO wiki.
Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director
Jon Corson-Rikert retires from Cornell. Jon Corson-Rikert, the creator of VIVO, has retired from Cornell. It is hard for me to imagine a better colleague – thoughtful, considerate, creative, insightful, respectful, productive, and genuinely kind. I hope you had a chance to meet Jon, to see him present, to work with him, and to share your thoughts with him. Too often we rush through our days. You may want to stop for a moment and recall moments you may have had with Jon and what those moments mean to you.
I first met Jon on-line in the spring of 2009, to think through how we might apply for an NIH grant to support the development of VIVO. The grant team gelled quickly and certainly was a good omen for the collaboration that was to come. I met Jon in person for the first time in December of that year, in Washington DC, at the kick-off meeting of the grant. I visited Cornell in the summer of 2010. Jon and I had a wonderful lunch and afternoon surrounded by sunflowers in the beautiful New York countryside sharing all manner of ideas regarding the representation of scholarship and the role of VIVO in the world. And of course our joint work and discussions continued until this past week.
Jon intends to spend time with his family and grandchildren. And perhaps he will participate in the VIVO community in the future. I certainly hope so and wish him and his family all the very best!
What does scholarship look like? Scholarship, the creation, transmission, and preservation of knowledge, takes many forms. From agriculture, to medicine, to physics, to philosophy, scholars are engaged in classrooms, laboratories, clinics, libraries, communities, on land, sea and sky, across the world. VIVO is looking for pictures of scholarship to use on our web site. Do you have a picture you'd like to share? Photos must be a minimum of 1800 pixels wide, 72 dpi, and available for VIVO to use without license restrictions (CC-BY or CC-0 would be most helpful). If you have a photo you would like us to consider using on the VIVO home page, please contact Mike Conlon. We will, of course, give credit where credit is due. We look forward to seeing your views of scholarship.
OpenRIF and VIVO at Force11. OpenRIF Semantic Web Infrastructure for the Scholarly Landscape, will be presented as a workshop at the Force 11 conference in Portland, Oregon, USA on Sunday, April 17, from 9-12. If you are attending Force11, you should consider attending this workshop to learn more about OpenRIF and its work on the VIVO-ISF ontology. Violeta Ilik, Melissa Haendel, Shahim Essaid, Mike Conlon, and George Chacko, from NETE will be presenting. And if you weren't planning to attend Force11, perhaps this is reason for you to go!
Outreach and Engagement Call call this Thursday. The Outreach and Engagement Interest Group will have its call this Thursday at 1 PM Eastern US time. No experience with VIVO is needed. Calls discuss how to engage the university community in the use of VIVO. All are welcome on the calls. Contact Julia Trimmer for further information. For dates of additional upcoming VIVO calls and meetings, see the VIVO Calendar of the front page of the VIVO wiki.
Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director
The VIVO Committers Group. The VIVO project now has a committers group! The committers are responsible for the VIVO software, committing changes to the various VIVO code repositories in accordance with the strategic plan, and the VIVO roadmap, under the governance of the VIVO Leadership Group and the VIVO Steering Group. The Committers Group is Graham Triggs - Duraspace, Ted Lawless - Thomson Reuters, Brian J Lowe - Ontocale, Benjamin Gross - UNAVCO, Justin Littman - George Washington University, Nate Prewitt - University of Colorado Boulder, Jim Blake - Cornell, Tim Worrall - Cornell, and John Ferreira - Cornell. Thanks to all for taking on this important role on the project. See the Committers Group wiki page for additional information on the roles and responsibilities of the Committers Group.
Sponsoring the 7th Annual VIVO Conference. Find out how to leverage this lively forum for the exchange of ideas on how new semantic and collaborative technologies impact research to bring your products and services to the attention of decision makers as a 2016 VIVO Conference sponsor. See the VIVO blog for details and a sponsorship prospectus.
Relationship Diagrams updated in the VIVO wiki. VIVO represents scholarship using graph models. The VIVO wiki has figures of the these models for the most common scholarly activities. Recent updates have been made to the Advising, Educational Background, and Grantsfigures in the wiki. The models have not changed.
Follow VIVO on social media. Keep up with VIVO on social media. Follow VIVO on Twitter at @vivocollab, like us on Facebook at "VIVO: Connect, Share, Discover," join the VIVO: Connect , Share Discover group on LinkedIn. Starting this week, VIVO Updates is cross-posted to VIVO social media. We hope this makes it even easier to participate in VIVO.
Implementation call this Thursday. The Implementation Interest Group will have its call this Thursday at 1 PM Eastern US time. See the Interest Group page for call details. Implementation calls share status information regarding implementations across the world, answer questions from sites implementing VIVO, and share best practices for VIVO data acquisition, system administration, data management, and operations. No experience with VIVO is needed. All are welcome on the calls. Contact Paul Albert for further information. For dates of additional upcoming VIVO calls and meetings, see the VIVO Calendar of the front page of the VIVO wiki.
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