VIVO Updates for January 8 -- 2017, Camp, 1.10

Happy New Year.  We are looking forward to 2017!  Here's a few things we can look forward to in the coming year:

  • New Leadership Group members.  Each year we fill positions on the Leadership Group according to the VIVO charter.  We have new members and with new members comes new opportunities for leadership.
  • New Steering Group members.  We will have three openings this year to be appointed by the Leadership Group. Please consider serving.  The Steering Group provides leadership for the project.
  • A new strategic plan.  Our existing two year plan, needs an update.  We will have more about this in the coming weeks.  
  • VIVO Camp.  The VIVO project is holding its first ever training event April 6-8 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  If you are just getting started with VIVO, this could be a great way for you to learn more!
  • VIVO 1.10.  Due this summer, VIVO 1.10 will have many new features and improvements.  See VIVO 1.10 Release Planning for on-going description of features being added and discussed.
  • Open Repositories, Brisbane, Australia, June 26-30.  
  • 2017 VIVO Conference, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City, August 2-4.

There will be many more events, and announcements over the course of the year.  Here are some ways you can help:

VIVO Camp April 6-8, Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Need to learn more about VIVO?  VIVO Camp is the place for you!  VIVO Camp will provide an opportunity to cover the full range of VIVO topics with experienced instructors.  New to VIVO?  This is a great opportunity to get a head start.  No VIVO experience required.  Registration will open shortly.

Coming in Release 1.10.  VIVO 1.10 is expected this summer.  All software dependencies in Vitro will be fulfilled from Maven Central.  This means that we will no longer be distributing versions of dependencies that can not be found at Maven Central.  All dependencies in Vitro are now actively maintained by their respective projects.  The Vitro distribution can be a bit smaller, but more importantly, Vitro is no longer dependent on software that is not being maintained.  This is a big step forward for Vitro.

Development call this Thursday. The Development Interest Group will hold its call this Thursday at 1 PM US Eastern Time.  The call is open to all and focuses on software development for VIVO and Vitro, and in particular, issues related to the development of version 1.10.  If you are a developer and would like to contribute to version 1.10, you are encouraged to review the GitHub repositories and the VIVO 1.10 Release Planning.  Use the Webex link to join the call.  We hope to see you this Thursday! 



Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace 

VIVO Updates for Dec 18 -- New Members, VIVO Camp, Happy Holidays!

Two new members!  Dartmouth College and Université du Québec à Montréal are new VIVO members!  Thank you!

For a complete list of VIVO members, see VIVO members.  Becoming a member is easy.  See Become a member.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Announcing VIVO Camp April 6-8, Albuquerque, New Mexico.  VIVO Camp is a new effort to help organizations explore, adopt, and implement VIVO.  Designed for new sites – those considering VIVO and those starting a VIVO implementation, VIVO Camp will provide a fun, instructional, interactive environment to learn more about VIVO and the VIVO Community.  The instructors will be:

  • Paul Albert, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Mike Conlon, VIVO Project Director
  • Violeta Ilik, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Graham Triggs, VIVO Technical Lead
  • Julia Trimmer, Duke University

Registration for this ticketed event will open early in 2017.  Seating will be limited.  Discounts will be available for member institutions and students.  More information about the camp is available on the VIVO web site.  If you are new to VIVO, considering VIVO, have heard of VIVO and would like to know more, here's a great opportunity to learn more.

Last update of 2016.  The holidays are approaching and the year is waning.  This will be the last VIVO Updates of the year.  VIVO Updates will return January 8.  Until then, have a happy holidays, and a joyous New Year.  See you all in 2017 with lots of updates from VIVO!



Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace 



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Announcing VIVO Camp, a training event in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 6-8, 2017

The VIVO Project will hold its inaugural, multi-day training event designed specifically for new and prospective users. VIVO Camp will be held April 6-8, 2017 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Over two and a half days, VIVO Camp will start with an introduction to VIVO and gradually develop a comprehensive overview by exploring these topics:

  • VIVO features

  • Examples and demos of VIVO including customizations

  • Representing scholarship

  • Loading data

  • Introduction to the ontologies

  • Managing a VIVO project

  • Engaging communities

  • Using VIVO resources

Participants can expect to gain a broad understanding of all aspects of implementing VIVO, including scoping and planning, development and data ingest, user engagement and customizations. This event will be an opportunity to meet and consult with key VIVO community members and to benefit from the experience of many successful VIVO implementations. The curriculum will include multiple opportunities to address current challenges, so participants will be instructed in advance to bring specific problems and implementation barriers to VIVO Camp.


VIVO Camp instructors provide years of experience holding VIVO events, managing VIVO implementations, and participating in the VIVO community.

  • Paul Albert, Weill Cornell Medical College serves as chair of the VIVO IMplementation Interest Group

  • Mike Conlon, VIVO Project Director and served as the principal investigator at the University of Florida on the NIH grant to create the VIVO community

  • Violeta Ilik, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University serves as program chair for the 2017 VIVO Conference

  • Graham Triggs, VIVO Technical Lead

  • Julia Trimmer, Duke University manages the Scholars@Duke team and serves as the Co-Lead of the VIVO Outreach and Engagement Interest Group


Join us in April to learn all about VIVO and consult with this group of VIVO experts. Registration is limited and you must register by February 17 to reserve your place at VIVO Camp!

Registration is open. Register now!

VIVO Updates for December 11 -- UC3M Research Portal, Registry, PIDapalooza

Welcome Universidad Carlos III de Madrid!  UC3M has a created a research portal using VIVO.  See  The site contains data on active researchers, publications from 2008 forward, and projects from 2006 forward.  The UC3M Research Portal home page succinctly describes the purpose of the site:

Our aim is to foster access to scientific and research information that will give quick, dynamic and up to date answer to these 2 questions:

  • Who is researching a specific topic?
  • What is an expert, group or particular department researching?

This simple and clear statement of purpose is a model for all of us.

Do you have a VIVO site in progress?  We'd love to hear about your site.  You can register your site on the VIVO site registry.  It's easy. Or send a note to one of the VIVO email lists and we can register your site for you.  Or send me an email.  We'd love to hear from you.

PIDapalooza archive  PIDapalooza, a first time conference devoted to the topic of persistent identifiers, was held recently in Reykjavik.  A Figshare archive of the presentations is available.   Persistent identifiers such as DOI, ORCiD, and GRID are critical to the ability of VIVO sites to match metadata regarding scholarly works, people and organizations respectively.  It's great to see the conference taking shape and great to see the archive.  There is much to look forward to as elements of the scholarly ecosystem continue to improve their use of persistent identifiers.

Implementation call this Thursday  The Implementation Interest Group call will be held this Thursday at 1 PM.  The call is a great place to share what is happening with your site, to ask questions, and to participate in discussion with others implementing VIVO.  I hope you can join the call.



Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace 

VIVO Updates for Nov 27 -- Internationalization, Outreach

Internationalization  VIVO is used in more than 25 countries around the world.  See for a list of sites.  You can use the country selector on the right hand side of the list to select sites by country.  

VIVO is designed to support use in languages other than English, but there is much that can be improved.  Some of the text that VIVO displays comes from properties which can be set to languages other than English.  But additional text comes from the ontology, and still more text is present in the VIVO stylesheets.  And there are open questions about how to support editing in languages other than english.  Known open issues in VIVO language support can be found in the VIVO JIRA.

Over the past several weeks, there has been renewed interest in improving non-english and multi-language support in VIVO, including the documentation of multi-language support.  We'd like to organize a call for the week of December 11 to have a discussion of the current state of language support, and needed improvements.  We'd like to have the call at a time that is convenient for European sites to attend.  If you are interested in such a call, please send Graham Triggs an email expressing your interest.

We look forward to organizing an effort to improve VIVO support for languages other than English.

Looking to meet people who can help you?  The Outreach and Engagement Interest Group will have a call this Thursday.  This is non-technical call for people looking to meet people in the VIVO community.  Newcomers welcome!  As the name of the group suggests, the Outreach and Engagement Interest group is a collection of people who are interested in how best to engage people in the use of VIVO through various outreach activities.  It's a friendly group, and a great place to start if you are new to VIVO.  This is your invitation to join the call.  The call will be held at 1 PM US Eastern time on Thursday, December 1 via WebEX.  On any computer connected to the Internet, follow this link: Outreach and Engagement WebEx Link. If you haven't used WebEx before, it will take you a few minutes to set up.  You will want to have speakers and a microphone connected to your computer.  A camera is optional.  We hope are able to join the call.



Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace 

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VIVO Updates for Nov 20 -- Stanford, theming, conference

Stanford University becomes a member.  Stanford University has joined Duraspace as a member supporting VIVO.  Stanford is very active in the Fedora project, and Linked Data for Libraries.

Becoming a member is a fantastic way to support the future development of VIVO.  Members can engage in VIVO Project Governance, helping steer the direction of future work.  Becoming a member is straightforward.  See

Theming Task Force.  Interested in the look and feel of VIVO?  A Theming Task Force is starting to work on the Symplectic Bootstrap theme presented at the VIVO conference.  Want to help?  Contact Graham Triggs.

VIVO 2017 Conference web site.  You'll want to book mark, an all new conference web site for 2017!  The VIVO Conference will be held at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, August 2-4.  See you there!

VIVO 2017 Workshops.  In more conference news, VIVO 2017 Task Force is pleased to announce that next year's conference will have exciting changes in the way the workshops are organized:  First, workshops will be free of charge!  The conference is making this change to lower costs and encourage participation.  If you are planning to attend the conference, please plan to attend one or more workshops.  Second, workshop proposers, after having their workshop accepted, will be responsible for selecting speakers for their workshops who are experts in the field. By having more focused discussion on relevant topics, we hope to enable VIVO conference attendees to learn what is new in specific fields of interest to the community and tho participate in conversations regarding the advances.

No call this Thursday.  This Thursday is the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.  Thanksgiving is a time for family to gather, have a traditional dinner, reflect and give thanks for all the goodness of life.  I hope everyone has a chance to share the good things in their lives with each other on this special day.



Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace 

VIVO Updates for Nov 6 -- development, conference vice chairs, membership

Development Call this Thursday  The Development Interest Group continues its review of VIVO 1.10 Release PlanningJIRAs related to the development, and the work of task forces contributing to the development.  All developers are welcome to join the call, this Thursday November 10, at 1 PM US Eastern time.  Click here for the WebEx meeting.

2017 Conference Vice Chairs  The 2017 Conference chair Alex Viggio is pleased to announce that Paul Albert of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City has agreed to serve as conference vice chair.  Paul is a member of the VIVO Steering Group, chairs the Implementation Interest group, and is a long time contributor to the VIVO community.  Please join me in thanking Paul for agreeing to serve!

Violeta Ilik, 2017 Conference Program chair is pleased to announce Eric Meeks of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) has agreed to serve as program vice chair for 2017.  Eric is a member of the VIVO Steering Group and has been deeply involved in search engine optimization and promotion of profiles systems to faculty members.  Please join me in thanking Eric for agreeing to serve!

The VIVO 2017 Conference Planning Task Force is hard at work preparing next year's conference.  If you would like to join the group (it's fun!) please contact Alex Viggio.  We look forward to seeing you in New York in 2017!

Thank you Membership Task Force!  The 2016 Membership Task Force (Jonathan MarkowRobert CartolanoJulia Trimmer, and Andi Ogier, with debra hanken kurtz and Duraspace staff support from Kristi Searle and Valorie Hollister) has finished its work for the year.  We have many new members, and members who have increased their support over the course of the year.  We have new prospects, and much improved contact information.  We still have some time to go in 2016, and we continue discussions with several institutions about their interest in supporting VIVO though membership.  It's never too late to become a member.  Simply choose a membership level and complete a simple form.  Duraspace staff members will contact you for payment.  It's all very simple.  Membership supports our coordination of technical development, our travel, technical infrastructure, and corporate infrastructure.  If you are considering membership (and I hope you are!) and need more information, please contact debra hanken kurtz or Mike Conlon.  We look forward to hearing from you.



Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace 

VIVO Updates for Oct 30 -- outreach call, VIVO on social media

Outreach and Engagement call this Thursday  Join us this Thursday at 1 PM US Eastern time for the monthly call of the Outreach and Engagement Interest Group.  All are welcome!  The group discusses all issues regarding getting the word out about VIVO, engaging faculty, project management, change management, use cases, and much more.  It's not a technical conversation.  If you are new to the VIVO community, or new to VIVO calls, this is a good call for you.  We use Webex.  It's easy and free.  Install Webex before the call, test it, and then when its time for the call, use this link:  Outreach call Webex Link.  Join in the conversation!

VIVO on Twitter  Did you know VIVO is on Twitter?  Follow @vivocollab on Twitter.  Twitter is our most active social media outlet.  We have more than 1,000 followers.  Not only will you see VIVO news and updates as they happen, you'll see partners sharing news with our community.  We don't post politics, advocacy, or any other topics not specifically related to the VIVO Project.  Join us on Twitter at

VIVO on Facebook Prefer Facebook?  All our tweets go to Facebook, so you won't miss a thing.  Join us on Facebook at

VIVO on LinkedIn  Prefer LinkedIn?  Well, to be honest, we're not very active on LinkedIn.  We don't have a tweet stream into LinkedIn.  We occasionally cross-post from VIVO Updates or other posts to LinkedIn, but it's not a common practice.  You can join us on LinkedIn at, but you won't see much.  If you have ideas about how to improve our LinkedIn group, please send me a note.



Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace 

VIVO Updates for October 23 -- UCSF joins as a member, opportunities to help

Welcome UCSF as a new member!  The University of San Francisco (UCSF) has joined Duraspace as a bronze member supporting VIVO!  UCSF is one of the leading biomedical research universities in the world.  UCSF contributes expertise in many ways to the VIVO project: Eric Meeks from UCSF serves on the VIVO Steering Group, and UCSF collaborators regularly present at the VIVO Conference regarding search engine optimization, and engagement of faculty in using research networking systems.

Interested in supporting VIVO?  Become a member.  See Becoming a Member of Duraspace.

Want to help?  Here are some opportunities:

  • The Data Loader Task Force is looking for developers interested in working on a new utility for simple loading of VIVO data
  • The VIVO 2017 Conference Planning Task Force is looking for additional task force members to help with planning next year's conference at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, August 2-4, 2017.  No experience?  No problem – the conference is always looking for new people.
  • The VIVO Camp Task Force is looking for people interested in helping plan VIVO camps.  The camps will provide people new to the community with a multi-day training experience in all things VIVO.  
  • The Membership Task Force is always looking for people who want to help VIVO with its membership drive.  Membership is critically important to VIVO.  If you are interested in helping VIVO with its membership drive, please consider joining the task force.
  • VIVO 1.10 Release Planning is on-going.  If you would like to help with development, testing or documentation, please contact Graham Triggs.

Want to help with something else?  Have an idea for creating something new?  See How to Form a Task Force.

Apps and Tools call  This Thursday at 1 PM, the Apps and Tools Interest Group will have its monthly call.  Apps and Tools is a great place to share ideas about software you may be working on that uses VIVO data, or produces VIVO data.  The VIVO APIs document how data can be accessed by apps and tools and how apps and tools can be used to provide data to VIVO.  If you are interested in apps and tools for VIVO, please join the call on Thursday.



Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace 

VIVO Updates for Oct 16 -- Save the date for VIVO 2017, Ontology diagrams updated

Save the Date! VIVO 2017 August 2-5, New York City.  The 2017 VIVO Conference will be held at Weill Cornell Medical College, August 2-4, 2017.  Alex Viggio is Conference Chair.  Violeta Ilik is Program Chair.

Would you like to help plan the conference?  The VIVO 2017 Conference Planning Task Force is looking for you.  Please contact any of the task force members if you would like to help.

Ontology Diagrams Updated  The VIVO 1.9.x Documentation has been updated with new ontology diagrams.  See Ontology Diagrams. The new diagrams focus on implementation, with entity models for each of the kinds of things VIVO sites typically want to add.  Diagrams use a consistent style and attempt to show the location of literal values that sites want to add to their VIVOs.  

The VIVO Classes diagram has been updated, showing the classes that exist in VIVO, and how they are related. Missing classes have been added.  Classes not in VIVO have been removed. Numeric predicates have been labeled throughout to ease implementation and SPARQL query.

Numerous additional minor changes have been made throughout the documentation.  See VIVO 1.9.x Documentation and  VIVO 1.9.x Documentation as PDF

Implementation call this Thursday  Implementing VIVO?  That's great!  Have questions?  Of course you do.  The Implementation Interest Group is here to help.  The group has a call on the second Thursday of each month at 1 PM US eastern time.  See the link for call information.  Bring your questions!



Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace