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 



VIVO Updates for June 19 -- University of New Mexico, University of Wollongong, Open Repositories

Welcome, University of New Mexico, as a member of Duraspace supporting the VIVO Project!  The University of New Mexico has joined the VIVO Project as a Silver Member.  You can find their VIVO site here:  The University of New Mexico is the flagship university of the state of New Mexico in the US.  The university is a member of the Clinical and Translational Science Award program of the National Institutes of Health.  The university has coordinated the Mountain West Consortium, a group of schools in the western university states, each providing VIVO data.  See for a consortium search capability across the schools of the consortium.  A hearty thanks to the University of new Mexico for their support of Duraspace and VIVO!

New VIVO site at the University of Wollongong.  The University of Wollongong Australia has launched a new VIVO site.  See  This site has an attractive, responsive user interface with data on people, publications, grants, research areas and more.  Check it out!

Open Repositories, 2016.  Graham Triggs and I enjoyed meeting people at Open Repositories in Dublin, learning more about current work in repositories, repository software, open science, and projects  with intersections with VIVO.  The conference of 480 or so attendees from around the world had significant content this year on acquisition and preservation of research data.  We presented OpenVIVO as a poster.  The poster is available at Figshare here.

Apps and Tools Interest Group call this Thursday. The Apps and Tools Interest Group will have its call this Thursday at 1 PM US Eastern time.  Please join the call to discuss tools and applications used with VIVO.  Have an idea for software that might improve the value of VIVO – make VIVO data easier to manage, use VIVO data in a new way?  Share your idea on the call!  Have  question about a tool listed in the Community Projects?  Share your question on the call!

See OpenVIVO at ALA.   I'll be presenting OpenVIVO at ALA this Saturday, June 25 at the Orlando Convention Center in a panel session regarding linked data.  If you are going to ALA, I hope you have a chance to attend the panel.



Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace 

VIVO Updates for June 5 -- Membership, early-bird conference deadline

Showcase the scholarship at your institution!  This week, the VIVO membership drive began in earnest with an email to all VIVO community members.  I hope you received the email and are considering how your institution might financially support VIVO:

  • Corporations can participate as Duraspace corporate sponsors.  See
  • Academic institutions and research organizations can participate as Duraspace members.  See
  • Existing members and financial supporters may wish to consider increasing their support for 2016.  Cornell University recently tripled its financial support of the VIVO Project.  We thank Cornell for this outstanding support!

The text of the email is available as a blog post.  Please share the link with those in your institution who may wish to support open source software, and the development of VIVO.  We appreciate your help in getting the word out regarding the membership drive and we look forward to your financial support!

Early bird conference registration deadline is June 20.  Register now to get the lowest rate on VIVO Conference registration.  The early bird deadline is Monday, June 20. Register now and join us for a great conference in Denver, August 17-19!

Development Interest Group call this Thursday. The Development Interest Group will have its call this Thursday at 1 PM US Eastern time.  Developers will discuss version 1.9, including JIRA tickets in progress and recently closed.

See OpenVIVO at Open Repositories.   Graham Triggs and I will be at Open Repositories, Trinity College, Dublin, June 13-16.  Stop by the OpenVIVO poster.  We'd love to meet you!



Mike Conlon  VIVO Project Director Duraspace

Showcase the scholarship at your institution!

Have you speculated on what it would take to "move the needle" toward a digital future that effectively showcases all facets of institutional scholarship? I am writing today to tell you that VIVO, the open source software that creates an integrated record of the scholarly work of your organization, needs your help. If you care about showcasing the institutional scholarship at your institution please consider financial support of VIVO to move the needle forward in 2016.

Your financial support is critical at this time. Without it, we will be unable to continue to advance the VIVO Project and meet the community's goals for 2016, including:

  • Release of VIVO 1.9 with simplified build and management tools
  • Release of VIVO 1.10 with improved presentation, data acquisition, and data management tools

To support VIVO, join DuraSpace as a member at

"VIVO is fundamental to representing the work of the faculty at Duke.  Our Scholars@Duke site, based on VIVO, showcases their work to the whole world."

Julia Trimmer,
Manager Faculty Data Systems
Duke University

Three VIVO financial myths:

Myth 1: DuraSpace has financial resources to support ongoing VIVO project development.

Reality: DuraSpace funding comes from its members.  DuraSpace has no other funds to support projects.

Myth 2: The DuraSpace organization, and in turn the VIVO Project, are funded by grants.

Reality: DuraSpace project funding comes from membership.  VIVO was funded by a large NIH grant from 2009-11.  Since then, VIVO has been supported by DuraSpace members.

Myth 3: In-kind code contributions and coordination of community outreach are acceptable substitutes for dollars.

Reality: While volunteer community efforts are at the heart of open source software development and are deeply appreciated, financial contributions in the form of DuraSpace memberships are required for VIVO core salaries, travel and other expenses.

More information

If you have questions please feel free to contact me.

I look forward to your financial support of the VIVO project.



Dr. Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director


VIVO Updates, May 29

Web site update.  Two pages have been added to the VIVO web site,  The About page describes the VIVO project, software and ontology.  Please refer people to this page who are looking for a short answer to the question "What is VIVO?"  The Corporate Sponsorship page describes the Duraspace corporate sponsorship program and how the program works for VIVO.  Please refer any companies with a potential interest in supporting the VIVO project to this page for a brief overview of the corporate sponsorship program.  Both pages are available from the menus at the top of every page, and from the footer on every page.

Outreach and Engagement call this Thursday. The Outreach and Engagement Interest Group will have its call this Thursday at 1 PM US Eastern time.  All are welcome to join the discussion regarding engaging faculty and staff in the use and support of VIVO.  

See OpenVIVO at Open Repositories.   Graham Triggs and I will be at Open Repositories, Trinity College, Dublin, June 13-16.  Stop by the OpenVIVO poster.  We'd love to meet you!



Mike Conlon

VIVO Project Director


VIVO Updates, May 22. Google Scholar. Membership.

Google Scholar.  Occasionally we are asked about using Google Scholar and Google Scholar data to populate VIVO.  Is there an API?  Are there open source tools for harvesting Google Scholar data?  Are there licensing restrictions?  Google Scholar does a good job  of scanning the web looking for authors' works and uses sophisticated heuristics to assemble collections of works for authors.  Many faculty curate their Google Scholar collection, thereby enriching the data.  Google has a global Terms of Service document that covers all of its services.  In that document it says "Do not misuse our services."  The key questions then are what constitutes a service, and what constitutes misuse?  We asked Google representatives specifically about the use of Google Scholar data in VIVO.  Their answer was very clear.  The Google Scholar service can only be used by an end user using a browser. Google Scholar data can not be harvested by software, or repurposed in VIVO or other systems.  This is unfortunate, but at the present time, Google Scholar is not a source of data for VIVO.

VIVO Financial Support.  We are sometimes asked questions about the VIVO project's finances.  Where does the money come from to support the VIVO project?  The answer is very simple. VIVO is a member-supported project of Duraspace. This means that the financial support for VIVO comes from Duraspace members supporting the VIVO project.  Each year, Duraspace member institutions provide financial support to the VIVO project.  Without Duraspace members, VIVO is unable to operate.  VIVO has a fabulous set of members – they contribute financial resources, and in return participate in VIVO governance, and have the satisfaction of knowing they help support an important open source project for the world of scholarship.  You can find a list of Duraspace members and corporate sponsors supporting the VIVO project here:  We would not exist without them.  

Last year, 94% of the VIVO project revenue came from its members and corporate sponsors.  6% came from other sources.  The VIVO conference is an independent financial entity – it does not receive funds from the VIVO members and it does not provide funds to the VIVO project.  Duraspace supports the VIVO project through its membership.  It does not have other assets with which to support VIVO or its other projects.  The projects exist in a sustainable way if enough members financially support the project.

The support of Duraspace members drives the success of the project.  Because of the Duraspace members, we are able to have a technical lead, travel to represent VIVO, organize events such as the user group meeting, provide a wiki, a web site, and other project infrastructure.  In the past year, the VIVO project released version 1.8.1, providing a significant improvement in end user performance, and created OpenVIVO, a demonstration of a hosted VIVO, using ORCiD sign on, collecting metadata from multiple sources in real-time, and publishing its data to an open web site every hour.

VIVO needs your institution to become a member.  If you are a member, we are most grateful for your continued support.  If you are not a member, you will be hearing more about membership in the coming months, from additional material to be posted here, from direct mailings, and from personal contacts by members of the VIVO community.  Please consider this information and consider how your institution may be able to financially support VIVO by becoming a Duraspace member.  We need your support.

Becoming a member is very simple.  You can find all the materials you need at  Membership benefits are described in the VIVO Project Charter v 1.1.

Please give membership some thought.

VIVO meet-up at Symplectic Meeting.  Symplectic will hold its annual conference September 13-14 at Duke.  Interested in having a VIVO meet-up or other activity in conjunction with the Symplectic conference?  Contact Julia Trimmer with any ideas you may have.

Wiki Updates.  The VIVO wiki home page had some updates this week, improving some language, updating entries and fixing links.  Take a look at the VIVO wiki.   Please update anything you find that could be improved.  It's your wiki and its open for editing!

Apps and Tools call this Thursday. The Apps and Tools Interest Group will have its call this Thursday at 1 PM US Eastern time.  All are invited to hear about tools and applications regarding VIVO.

See OpenVIVO at Open Repositories.  Graham Triggs and I will be at Open Repositories, Trinity College, Dublin, June 13-16.  Stop by the OpenVIVO poster.  We'd love to meet you!



Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director