VIVO Updates Sept 4 -- Woods Hole, Tech Docs, Wiki, Fellowships

Woods Hole VIVO launched  The Marine Biology Laboratory Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, has a new VIVO, and its beautiful!  See  Congratulations to the Library at MBLWHOI for creating this wonderful new site!

Technical documentation  We continue to make progress on creating the VIVO 1.9.x Documentation wiki from technical materials that previously were found in the VIVO wiki.  The VIVO wiki will continue to be the primary source for community, news, work in progress, task forces, governance, events, interest groups, planning, and historical material.  Outdated materials have been archived.  Background materials have been gathered into a new heading, Background Resources.  Planning materials have been moved to the appropriate task force areas.  The documentation wiki will focus on describing the VIVO software, and how to do things with it (DevOps, Data Management, and End User usage).  The documentation wiki is version specific.  If you find something missing, out of place, out-dated, confusing, or otherwise in need of improvement, please let us know, and please consider improving the material by editing, writing, or rearranging.  Please contact Graham Triggs if you'd like to help.

Speaking of the wiki  We recently reviewed the Considering VIVO section of the wiki, updating materials, removing outdated materials, and in general, refreshing the section.  There is still more that could be done – particularly regarding product evaluation.  If you recently evaluated VIVO, perhaps you have materials that could be shared with the rest of the community and could become a part of the wiki, helping others evaluate VIVO.  Please contact Mike Conlon if you have thoughts or materials regarding product evaluation.

Fellowships  Have you modeled fellowships in your VIVO?  If so, please consider joining the conversation on and share your thoughts.  Fellowships share aspects of positions (the fellowship pays a stipend and is in an academic organization), person types (the person with the fellowship is a fellow), awards (the person holding the fellowship has been recognized for their scholarship, and many fellowships have names of their own), training (fellowships are often considered part of the training of the scholar holding the fellowship), and projects (many fellowships have a specific academic output associated with the fellowship).  VIVO is well suited for showing the connections between these representations.  How are these treated in your VIVO?  How might they best be treated?

Development call  The Development Interest Group will have its call this Thursday at 1 PM.  Discussions center of technical aspects of VIVO and Vitro, including technical documentation.  If you have an interest in developing new features for VIVO or Vitro, please consider joining this call.



Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace 

VIVO Updates August 28 -- new sites, posters, conferences, documentation

New sites!  August was a big month for new VIVO implementations.  Eight new implementations are underway:

  1. Universidad Zamorano, Honduras
  2. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle
  3. University of Alabama Birmingham
  4. Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Kerala, India
  5. Research Data Canada
  6. Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  7. McMaster University, Canada
  8. Universidad del Rosario, Colombia

Please join me in welcoming these new sites to the VIVO community!

Who is using VIVO?  Duraspace maintains a registry of all known VIVO sites. The registry currently lists 145 VIVO sites in 26 countries.  You can find the list here:  Is your site listed?  If you are working on an implementation, or have a VIVO and you would like to be added to the registry, you can do so here:  Very easy, very fast, and very helpful for us to know who is using VIVO around the world.

Do we have your VIVO 2016 poster?  We are collecting all the amazing VIVO 2016 conference content into a Figshare collection and an OpenVIVO page.  We've got quite a bit already, see  We are looking for more posters.  If you presented a poster and your poster is not yet on the OpenVIVO page, could you please upload your poster to Figshare and tag it vivo16.  That's all you need to do.  We will add it to the OpenVIVO page.  We appreciate you sharing your work with others!

Conferences and presentations.  The VIVO community is very active in presenting work regarding VIVO, data sharing, open access, persistent identifiers, open science, attribution, research impact, and many other topics of interest in the development of an open scholarly ecosystem that works for all.  Attending a conference?  Planning to submit an abstract?  We have a list of Conferences Attended and to Attend listing presentations made by community members and being planned.  Please add your plans to the list, and we hope to see you at an upcoming conference!

New in the docs  We continue to make progress on the technical documentation, filling in the new wiki.  See VIVO 1.9.x Documentation and a new page Create, Assign, and Use an Institutional Internal Class.  The institutional internal class is a feature sites can use to extend the ontology, defining a class representing people that are associated with their institution, and then use that class to limit the default VIVO people displays to only people associated with the institution.  The feature is not new.  The documentation is.  Please post comments, questions to And if you would like to help with editing and improving the documentation, please contact Graham Triggs.

Outreach and engagement  Interested in how your faculty will use VIVO?  In how to engage faculty in keeping profiles current?  In increasing the interest and use of your VIVO site?  Join the Outreach and Engagement Interest Group call this Thursday at 1 PM.  Webex link is here



Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace

VIVO Updates for August 21 -- Conference, Technical Documentation

Oh my, what a conference!  The 2016 VIVO Conference was truly amazing!  Thanks to all who attended, to Designing Events for all their help, and to the Marriott City Center Denver.  Denver was a great place to visit, even if the weather turned a bit on Friday. I hope everyone's travel home went smoothly and safely.  It was so great to see all our VIVO friends and to make new ones.  Super special thanks to Julia Trimmer, Conference Chair, Manuel de la Cruz Gutierrez, Program Chair, Alex Viggio, Conference Co-Chair, and Violeta Ilik, Program Co-chair, and all the members of the VIVO 2016 Conference Planning Task Force.  What a great job!  What a great conference.  We have quite a few follow-ups and you will be hearing more about them in the weeks and months ahead.

Did you present at the conference?  Thank you for presenting!  We had incredible contributed talks and posters.  

If you haven't already done so, please upload your slides to your Figshare collection, and tag them with vivo16.  Full instructions are here.  We will get them into OpenVIVO from there.  You can see the uploaded materials in OpenVIVO here: and click on "Publications".

VIVO 2017.  Alex Viggio will serve as Conference Chair for VIVO 2017.  Violeta Ilik will serve as Program Chair.  We will be starting VIVO 2017 conference planning soon.  Would you like to be involved? Please contact Alex or Violeta.  We are always looking for ways to make a great conference even better!

Technical Documentation  This past Tuesday in Denver we held a "Documentation Work Party" to create a new set of technical documentation for VIVO.  Many members of the VIVO community attended.  Thanks so much!  A new wiki,  VIVO 1.9.x Documentation, has been created to contain technical documentation for VIVO 1.9.  The VIVO wiki now refers to the technical documentation wiki for all versions of technical documentation.  The 1.9 documentation is focused on what VIVO is and does.  Materials regarding strategy, roadmap, background, history, older versions, and other materials have been moved to Background Resources (see below), appropriate task forces, and the Technical Documentation Archive (see below).  We hope the new 1.9 documentation is easier to use, and more approachable by those charged with creating and maintaining VIVO.  The new documentation is driven by an outline.  When no material is present, the outline page will be empty.  If you find an empty page, please feel free to draft content for inclusion.  Over time, we hope to fill out the entire outline.

All pages previously in the VIVO wiki under "Technical Documentation" have been archived in a new space here:  VIVO Technical Documentation Archive Home.

Background Resources  In creating the new technical documentation, we found a number of outstanding resources that deserved their own place in the VIVO wiki.  A new heading in the left hand menu Background Resources has been created as a home for materials that do not describe VIVO, but may be useful for those new to VIVO, describing technologies and approaches used in the VIVO community.  As these materials continue to improve, they could form the basis for training materials related to VIVO.  If you have ideas about background materials you need, or materials you wish you had when you started with VIVO, drop us an email and share your thoughts.

Apps and Tools call  The Apps and Tools Interest Group will have its call this Thursday, August 25, at 1 PM eastern.  The call features presentations and discussion of (you guessed it) VIVO apps and tools.  The group maintains a catalog of Community Projects – open source software for use with VIVO.  Do you have an open source application or tool that works with VIVO?  Please consider adding to the catalog.  Regardless, all are welcome on the call!



Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace 

VIVO Updates for August 14 -- VIVO 1.9, Conference, Survey

VIVO 1.9.  In case you missed it, VIVO 1.9 was released last week. Here's the blog post.  Here are the Release Notes.  Here's the software.  Here's the cheat sheet:

  • Capability Map.  Interactive network visualiation of research areas, researchers and their connections.
  • SEO Improvements.  Site map for people improves search engine discovery of VIVO profiles.
  • Altmetrics improvements.  Altmetrics scores on papers on profiles.
  • Maven project structure.  VIVO and Vitro projects in GitHub have been restructured to support Maven.
  • Maven based installer.  New, simplified installation procedure.  So simple, a project director can do it.
  • OpenJDK support.  Thumbnail image processing has been improved to resolve known issues.
  • Performance improvements.  Greatly improved performance in writing new triples from the inferencer.
  • SPARQL Editor highlighting.  Multi-colored SPARQL editor with syntax highlighting.
  • UTF-8 in emails.  VIVO's unicode character support now available in emails from VIVO.
  • Bug fixes.  More than a dozen bugs fixed.

21 developers from 14 organizations contributed to this release!  Congratulations to all!

If you are in Denver on Tuesday August 16, please consider joining us in the Mattie Silks room of the Marriott City Center Hotel for a documentation work party.  We will be copying, editing, and updating technical documentation in the new VIVO 1.9 Technical Documentation wiki.

VIVO Survey.  Have a VIVO?  Thinking about VIVO?  Got an idea for VIVO? Have you filled out the survey?  You can do this.  10 minutes.  You'll be a hero.  Survey is here: Thank you!

VIVO Conference is here.  See you in Denver!  Follow along on Twitter at @vivocollab, hashtag #vivo16.

Are you a presenter at the Conference?  If so, please submit your work via Figshare and tag your work vivo16.  We'll make sure your work is in the VIVO Figshare collection, and in OpenVIVO.

No Implementation call this week.  Due to the conference, the Implementation Interest Group call will not be held this Thursday.  Next implementation call is September 15.  As always, if you have a question or comment regarding VIVO, please use the two Google Groups – and  You can reach us on Twitter at @vivocollab and on Facebook at



Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace 

VIVO Updates for August 7 -- Conference, Survey

The 7th annual VIVO Conference is just one week away.  See for program details and registration.

Here's an overview of each day's events.

Tuesday.  Documentation work party.  If you want to help with VIVO documentation, please join us in the Mattie Silks Room of the Marriott anytime after 9 AM.  A group will be working on VIVO documentation, organizing the new VIVO 1.9 technical documentation wiki.  At 6 PM, Digital Science will be hosting a spotlight event: Are You Open?  All are invited to attend.

Wednesday.  Six workshops will offer registrants a wide range of pre-conference education. In the afternoon, the VIVO Steering and Leadership Groups will meet in the Penrose Ballroom.  At 5:30 PM there will be a welcoming reception in the hotel.

Thursday.  Opening keynote by Sören Auer.  Contributed paper sessions.  Lunch.  Invited talk by Ruben Verbaugh. Invited talk by Pedro Szekely.  Contributed paper sessions.  Poster session and reception.

Friday. Opening keynote by Dario Taraborelli.  Contributed paper sessions.  Lunch.  Invited talk by Sandy Payette.  Invited panel regarding persistent identifiers.  Featured presentations.  Closing session with VIVO around the world and audience feedback.

The VIVO Conference will be an amazing opportunity to hear from experts in the field, contribute to the future of VIVO, meet old friends and make new ones.

Authors should post their presentations and posters to Figshare using the #vivo16 tag.  Attendees should tweet the conference using the #vivo16 tag.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Denver!

VIVO 1.9 tomorrow.  Yes, it's true – VIVO 1.9 will be released Monday, Aug 8!  Look for the announcement in the VIVO email lists and on Twitter.

VIVO Survey.  We are getting a very good response to the VIVO survey.  Thanks to all who have responded.  You are awesome!  We have an entire week before the conference for everyone to continue to share their thoughts about VIVO.  Here's the survey link:  Results will be available at the conference.

Campus Technologies.  I was pleased to be able to attend Campus Technologies 2016 in Boston this week and participate on a panel regarding research data sharing with Daniel Hook of Symplectic and Laure Haack of ORCiD.  Research data sharing is a big topic, and a great (and obvious?) idea for improving the conduct of research.  Sharing improves verification of results, reproducibility in future studies, and reuse of data via analysis, visualization and pooling subsequent to the original collection. Better tools are needed for collaboration and annotation, and for identifying the participants in research and their work elements and products.    Significant barriers exist, of course, many of which are deeply systemic in the conduct of research and scholarship.  Regardless, It is an exciting time to be contributing to this "opening" of science through research data sharing.

Development call this Thursday.  The Development Interest Group will have its call this 1PM US eastern time this Thursday.  Questions about VIVO development, VIVO 1.9?  Want to help?  Join the call!

See you in Denver!


Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace 

VIVO Updates for July 31, 2016 -- Survey, UC Boulder, Membership

We want to hear from you.  We are conducting a short survey of all organizations considering VIVO, implementing VIVO or maintaining VIVO.  The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and does not require technical expertise.  Please help us set new directions for VIVO by sharing your thoughts and experiences with us.  The survey is anonymous.  We would be happy to hear from each member of the VIVO community.  Survey results will be tabulated and presented in a poster at the VIVO Conference in Denver August 17-19, and on this wiki following the conference.

Please take 10 minutes to share your thoughts about VIVO with us.  The survey is here:

University of Colorado relaunches its VIVO site.  The University of Colorado, Boulder has relaunched and rebranded its VIVO site.  Now known as CU Experts, the site has a new look and uses data from both Academic Analytics and Symplectic Elements to provide detail regarding expertise.  The site uses ElasticSearch to provide a CU Experts Map.  You can find the site here: Congratulations to the CU Experts team on an outstanding VIVO site!

Supporting VIVO through membership.  Are you using VIVO software?  The VIVO-ISF ontology?  Vitro software?  Is your organization a member of Duraspace supporting the VIVO project?  Are you interested in seeing VIVO continue to advance the representation of scholarship and the showcasing of scholarly work?  Membership provides the financial support we need to sustain the project.  Our members participate in the governance of the project through the VIVO Leadership Group, the Steering Group, and an annual meeting, the Duraspace Summit in Washington DC, held each March.  If you are a member, we greatly appreciate your support.  If you are not a member, please consider becoming a member.  Becoming a member is very simple – and there are various levels of membership to support various budgets.  See to learn more.  If you would like to arrange to discuss membership, please contact me at  I would be happy to speak with you about membership.

Outreach and Engagement call this Thursday.  The Outreach and Engagement Interest Group will meet this Thursday at 1 PM.  The call is the best place for newcomers to VIVO to share their questions about all things VIVO, and in particular, share approaches to engaging faculty and others in the use of VIVO at their organization.  You can join the Webex call using this link.

Campus Technologies  This Thursday, August 4, I will be on a panel at the Campus Technologies Conference in Boston, speaking about issues in research data sharing.  If you are attending the conference, please drop by the panel!



Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace 



VIVO Updates for July 17 -- SG and LG Updates, SHARE and VIVO

Steering Group Updates  The VIVO Leadership Group has nominated new members for the VIVO Steering Group to serve three year terms.  Mark Fallu of the University of Melbourne, Mark Newton of Columbia University, and Paul Albert of Weill Cornell Medicine have each agreed to serve.  Please join me in welcoming them to the Steering Group!  Short biographies below:

Mark Fallu is the Digital and IT Lead for Research at the University of Melbourne.  Mark is a higher education research technology specialist, having spent 13 years building tools to support and profile research. His current focus is on implementing modern platforms for the management of and administration of research, and developing strategies to quantify and characterize research impact.  Mark has deep experience with VIVO, having developed the internationally recognized Research-Hub at Griffith University and the VIVO user and developer communities more generally.

Mark Newton is the director of the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship at Columbia University Libraries, where his work is focused on building programs and services that promote the broad reach and impact of scholarship. Among his efforts there, he has been involved in the promotion and development of Columbia’s open access repository, its library publishing program, and a number of faculty-sponsored digital scholarship web sites. He looks forward to working with the VIVO steering group to promote the model of open standards and tools that advance the communication of scholars.

Paul Albert works on the VIVO implementation at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. A leader of the Implementation Interest Group, Paul has worked on the project since the NIH grant. Paul has over 23,000 emails with “VIVO” in the subject or body; he regularly prints out these emails and puts them into a scrapbook keepsake.

Our new Steering Group members have big shoes to fill.  Jon Corson-Rikert, the creator of VIVO, retired from Cornell earlier this year.  Robert McDonald, of Indiana University, had participated in steering the project from the beginning of the NIH grant in the fall of 2009.  We are incredibly thankful for the vision, and persistence of Jon and Robert in the creation of VIVO and the VIVO community.  Paul, who has also served in a steering capacity since the beginning of the NH Grant, has agreed to continue with the Steering Group for another three year term.  Thank you Paul!

Leadership Group update.  Julia Laurin of Thomson Reuters has joined the VIVO Leadership Group.  Please join me in welcoming Julia to the Leadership Group!

Keep that testing coming!  VIVO 1.9 release candidate 1 is available for testing.  Join the VIVO Tech list to participate in discussions of the impending release.

SHARE Community Meeting and Hackathon. SHARE held its hackathon and community meeting last week in Charlottesville VA.  TheCenter for Open Science hosted the meeting and participants learned more about SHARE and COS activities, including the SHARE database, Notify service, and the Open Science Framework.  Andi Ogier and Alexander Garcia and I participated in a lively discussion regarding the synergy of VIVO and SHARE and how each can benefit from the other.  I enjoyed the meeting quite a bit – very interesting work, very clear synergy with VIVO, and very good people.  See the trip report for more details.

Implementation Call  Working to set up a VIVO?  Loading your VIVO with data?  Talking to your faculty and institutional leadership about your VIVO project?  Looking for support?  Have an idea to improve VIVO?  This Thursday at 1 PM US Eastern time, please join us for the Implementation Interest Group call with Paul Albert.  It's a friendly group.  Beginners especially welcome!



Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace

VIVO Updates for July 10 -- VIVO 1.9 rc1, Conference deadlines

Apps Contest and Linked Data Contest.  Do you have an application that uses VIVO data?  Do you have a set of linked data that you can share?  The VIVO Conference is holding its annual Application Contest and Linked Data Contest.  You will receive an email this week with instructions for applying.  Applications will be due August 1.  It's easy to apply.  Winners will be recognized in the program and recognized in OpenVIVO!

VIVO Conference room block ends this week.  Time to register and reserve your room for the VIVO Conference, August 17-19.  The hotel room block will be released this week.  And registration rates increase next week as well.  This week is the best week to register and reserve your room.  The conference has an extraordinary program with great keynotes, and invited speakers, workshops, contributed presentations and posters.  Denver is a great place to visit and easy to get to via all major airlines.  Register and book your hotel today!

VIVO and Vitro 1.9 release candidates available.  VIVO 1.9 and Vitro 1.9 release candidates are now available on GitHub.  The standard install loads pre-built components  from the Maven Central Repository ( For VIVO, and for Vitro,  See the Release Notes for what's new!  Testers welcome!

OpenVIVO is running rc1.  OpenVIVO ( has been updated.  It is running VIVO 1.9  One of the goals for OpenVIVO was to serve as a demonstration of new features in VIVO.  You can see the new capability map in action, as well as the other items addressed in the release notes.  Take a look at the notes and at OpenVIVO.  And if you haven't joined OpenVIVO, it's very easy – just log on with your ORCiD.  Don't have an ORCiD?  It's easy to get one – just sign up at  Just takes a minute of two.

Development Call This Thursday.  Thursday at 1 PM US Eastern time, the Development Interest Group will have its call.  All those interested in VIVO, Vitro and ontology development should attend this call.  Hope to see you on the call Thursday.



Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace 

VIVO Updates for July 3 -- Thomson Reuters, Documentation, PIDapalooza, SHARE

Thomson Reuters is a VIVO Registered Service Provider!  Need help with your VIVO implementation?  Thomson Reuters is now a VIVO Registered Service Provider.  Thomson Reuters can help you plan and implement VIVO at your institution.  For more information about Thomson Reuters services, please contact Ann Beynon at Thomson Reuters.

Thomson Reuters joins Symplectic and Gunter Media Group as VIVO Registered Service Providers.

Join us for a VIVO Documentation work party in Denver, August 16.  Attending the VIVO Conference in Denver, August 17-19? (you should, it's going to be great – chance to meet friends in the VIVO community, fantastic keynotes and speakers, presentations, posters and workshop, all things VIVO, register here: If you are headed to Denver, and like documentation, come a day early and join the work party!  We'll be working all day on the VIVO technical documentation – updating material, identifying gaps, writing new pages, and organizing materials in the new technical documentation wiki – see VIVO 1.9.x Documentation.  We'll quit around 5:30 to enjoy the best of what Denver has to offer.  Like documentation?  Need documentation?  Please join us!  Contact Graham Triggs or Mike Conlon for details.  Location is TBA, we will fill in details as we go.

PIDapalooza, Reykjavik, Iceland, November 9-10.   Persistent identifiers are getting a festival/meeting of their own.  I'm planning to be in Iceland November 9-10 for the inaugural PIDapalooza, some kind of something for persistent identifiers, co-sponsored by CrossRef, DataCite, ORCiD and the California Digital Libraries. See and follow the festival on Twitter @pidapalooza.

SHARE Hackathon and Community Meeting, Charlottesville, VA, July 11-14.  Going to the SHARE Hackathon and Community Meeting in Charlottesville, VA?   The week begins with a Hackathon around the SHARE metadata collection, and SHARE Notify.  A SHARE/VIVO session is being organized by Andi Ogier.  The SHARE VIVO Harvester (VIVO to SHARE) and SHARE2VIVO will be discussed along with ideas for future SHARE and VIVO projects, including efforts to provide Fedora/VIVO/SHARE connectivity. I hope to see you there.

Outreach and Engagement, this Thursday 1 PM.  Thursday this week at 1 PM eastern US time we will have a call of the Outreach and Engagement Interest Group.  New to VIVO?  This group is a great place to start – meet people, introduce yourself, ask questions, get help.  The calls are not technical and everyone is welcome!



Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace 

VIVO Updates for June 26 -- Conference deadline, ALA, Persistent identifiers

Conference early bird deadline extended to Tuesday June 28.  And the conference program is available on line!  And we have a new keynote, Dario Taraborelli of Wikidata! Register today at

VIVO 1.9 beta is coming.  VIVO 1.9 introduces Apache Maven to VIVO and uses Maven to simplify VIVO builds, code development, and resolution of dependencies.  Using Maven, dependencies can be declared in the VIVO release, and resolved at build time from the Maven Central Repository, simplifying the build process and code maintenance.  VIVO 1.9 addresses more than 25 reported issues with VIVO and introduces a capability map for expert finding and research discovery.

Call this Thursday.  At 1 PM Eastern US time, VIVO will have a call regarding VIVO 1.9 documentation.  A new documentation wiki is being planned.  The new wiki would focus on documentation for VIVO 1.9.  The existing Wiki would remain to facilitate all community VIVO activities, as it does now.  Only technical documentation would make its way to the new space, to be organized as preserved as a version specific technical manual.  The meeting will be held on WebEx here.  If you are interested in VIVO technical documentation, please join the call!

American Library Association Meeting.  Saturday I had the pleasure of attending my first American Library Association meeting in Orlando.  I gave a presentation on OpenVIVO (see Figshare), saw presentations on the current work in linked data in libraries – with libraries considering how to move from current record-based approaches to the entity-based (person, organization, work) approach of linked data.  I met with friends from Lyrasis and Thomson Reuters.  ALA 2016 had 18,000 registrants and a huge exhibit area.  A full trip report is availablehere.

Persistent Identifiers.  OpenVIVO, as you may know, makes extensive use of persistent identifiers.  Persistent identifiers allow accurate identification of entities – people, organizations, works, journals, concepts and dates.  In each case, OpenVIVO uses an entity URI that contains the persistent identifiers for the entity.  OpenVIVO uses the letter "a' in URI rather than the default "individual" to shorten URI.  Here's a summary of the persistent identifiers in use in OpenVIVO:

  • People – ORCiD.  In OpenVIVO, if a person does not have an ORCiD, they can not be in the system.  This eliminates the disambiguation problem, as well as providing usernames and passwords for OpenVIVO through the ORCiD OAuth service.  Finally, use of the ORCiD public API insures that works in OpenVIVO from ORCiD are publicly available.  Person in OpenVIVO has a URI that includes their ORCiD.  For example:
  • Journals – ISSN.  OpenVIVO uses a collection of more than 44,000 journals, each with a print ISSN.  The data was created by the OpenVIVO team by matching a list of CrossRef journal titles with ISSN with a list of journal titles with ISSN from PubMed.  The union of the two sets of data was used.  RDF was created for the journals with URIs for each journal that look like  Data properties include title, abbreviation, print ISSN and electronic ISSN.
  • Works can be identified by DOI or PubMed ID (PMID).  A work identified by a DOI has  URI that looks like:  A work identified by a PMID has a URI that looks like:  All works are identified by either DOI or PMID.  Services exist to assign DOI to software (eg,Zenodo), presentations (eg Figshare) and datasets (eg DataCite) with metadata provided by CrossRef.  Many other services exist to provide DOI to content, and many local repositories assign DOI.  Reliance on DOI and PMID simplifies OpenVIVO.  Metadata for DOI comes from CrossRef exclusively, regardless of the type of work or the source of the original DOI.  Metadata for PMID comes from PubMed.
  • Organizations.  OpenVIVO partnered with Digital Science to create RDF from the Grid data, an open license dataset of the world's research organizations available for download at no charge from Digital Science.  The Grid data contains more than 58,000 research organizations and is being updated each month.  Data values include contact information, preferred and alternate labels, latitude and longitude, organizational type and much more.  See  for a complete description of GRID.  GRID assigns GRID identifers to each research organization.  Software for converting the GRID data to RDF and a set of RDF for the GRID data is available from GitHub at
  •  Dates - dates have persistent identifiers based on their values and precisions.  "2006-10-01" indicates a dateTimeValue with a year month day precision, and has the URI  Similarly, "2006-10" indicates a dateTimeValue with year month precision and the URI  Predictably, "2006" indicates a dateTimeValue with year precision and URI  OpenVIVO is preloaded with all dates of these three precisions in the range 1960 to 2030.  You can find a set of date RDF that you can use in your VIVO at GitHub at, along with software with generating date RDF of this kind.
  • Concepts.  Open VIVO uses the FAST terminology for research areas.  This operates a little different from the previous cases.  When a profile owner wishes to to indicate one of their research areas, they select the card catalogue icon by research areas on their profile.  They are presented with their current research areas from FAST, if any, and a button marked "Add Concept."  Clicking Add Concept provides a search box for the FAST external vocabulary service.  The user can type text, and matching FAST concepts are returned.  The user can select concepts to be added to the user's research.  OpenVIVO supports only the FAST vocabulary.  No concepts are preloaded into VIVO.  Concepts are added as they are selected by users.  To date, over 300 concepts have been selected and added.  Each concept has a URI that looks like, which is referencing the FAST term URI

Many VIVO sites extend the ontology to record persistent identifiers in common use at their institution.  Perhaps the most common extension is for the local employee number and/or netid.  Recording this identifier in VIVO simplifies matching of VIVO person entities to data about people provided by the institution, which may include employment records, grant records, teaching records, mentoring and other activities.  Many VIVO sites imbed persistent identifiers in URIs, as OpenVIVO does.

The choices made by the OpenVIVO project to use persistent identifiers and to provide open, reusable RDF for common entities can be used by VIVO sites to simplify and standardize the RDF for VIVO sites.  More work is needed to implement this approach in future releases of VIVO.  Interested in helping?  Contact Graham Triggs or Mike Conlon.



Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace