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VIVO Updates for Feb 21 -- Griffith, Ontology, SHARE, CNI, Open VIVO, Apps and Tools

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.

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director

VIVO Updates for Feb 14 -- Call for Proposals, Open VIVO Task Force, Intent to Merge

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.

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director

VIVO Conference Call for Papers, Workshops and Posters Open through March 14th

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.

Posters

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.

Workshops

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

Please note

  • 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!

Contact Information 

Manuel de la Cruz Gutierrez, Ph.D. (dmanuel@upenn.edu) VIVO Conference Program Chair

Julia Trimmer (julia.trimmer@duke.edu) VIVO Conference Chair

Michelle Issing (vivo@designingevents.com) Conference Planner

VIVO Updates for February 8, 2016 -- GWU and Open VIVO

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.

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director

VIVO Updates for January 31, 2016

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 IlikMelissa HaendelShahim EssaidMike 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.

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director

VIVO Updates -- January 18, 2016

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 AdvisingEducational 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.

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon

VIVO Project Director

Your Strategic Advantage: Become a Sponsor of 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

This year, the 7th Annual VIVO Conference will be held in Denver, Colorado from August 17-19. Conference sponsors will market to and engage with conference delegates who are decision makers and influencers in higher education and research including:

  • Research Officers

  • Developers, Ontologists, and Analysts

  • Scientists and Researchers

  • Publishers

  • Funding Agencies

Conference sponsors will meet attendees who share their interests in:

  • Research Networking, Expert Finding, Research Discovery, and Social Network Analysis

  • Semantic Web and Linked Data

  • Research Data Standards and Metrics

  • Assessing Research Impact

  • Research Information Management and Current Research Information Systems (CRIS)

  • Technology, Technical Support, and Consulting for representing scholarship

Learn about the very attractive sponsorship packages at four levels of support with corresponding benefits from the VIVO Conference Sponsorship Prospectus. Don’t forget to review the list of exclusive opportunities to sponsor conference events and key features that will place your company front and center during conference proceedings.

New in 2016, the Institutional Sponsor Package gives universities, agencies and organizations opportunities to have a presence and show their support to the VIVO community. The affordable Institutional sponsorship level includes three conference registrations that can be granted as scholarships.

VIVO 2016 sponsorship opportunities are limited. Please consider early committer offers. Contact Designing Events at 410-654-5525 or vivo@designingevents.com with questions.     

Click here for the 2016 VIVO Conference Sponsorship Prospectus.

About VIVO

VIVO (http://vivoweb.org) is an open source, open ontology, open process platform for hosting information about the interests, activities and accomplishments of scientists and scholars. VIVO supports open development and integration of science and scholarship through simple, standard semantic web technologies. VIVO is a community-supported project under the DuraSpace umbrella.

How Does DuraSpace Help?

The DuraSpace (http://duraspace.org) organization is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit providing leadership and innovation for open technologies that promote durable, persistent access and discovery of digital data. Our values are expressed in our organizational byline, "Committed to our digital future."

DuraSpace works collaboratively with organizations that use VIVO to advance the design, development and sustainability of the project. As a non-profit, DuraSpace provides technical leadership, sustainability planning, fundraising, community development, marketing and communications, collaborations and strategic partnerships, and administration.

 

Updated VIVO Website tells VIVO Story

Winchester, MA.  November, 18, 2015.  The VIVO Project launched a new website today (http://www.vivoweb.org) focused on telling the VIVO story, and simplifying access to all forms of information regarding VIVO.

Short videos tell the VIVO story -- how VIVO is connecting data to provide an integrated view of the scholarly work of an organization, how VIVO uses open standards to share data, and how VIVO is used to discover patterns of collaboration and work within and between organizations.

Using a clean web design, the new site minimizes navigation and provides easy access to product information and participation in the VIVO open source community.  Using a mobile-first approach, the new site displays well on phones, tablets and computers.

In addition, the new website highlights partners, project members, service providers, and provides a registry of VIVO sites.

We hope you enjoy the new site and look forward to your feedback.

NOW AVAILABLE: VIVO 1.8.1 — Improved Performance and New Visualizations

Winchester, MA On November 10, 2015 VIVO 1.8.1 was released by the VIVO team. This new release offers users vastly improved performance, new and better visualizations, as well as bug fixes.

Full release notes are available on the VIVO wiki.

Performance improvements

Users should see up to 75% reduction in time to display profiles compared to VIVO 1.8, and a 30% reduction compared to VIVO 1.7. These findings have been observed on both small data sets (200 people, 3,500 articles), and large data sets (4,500 people, 40,000 articles). Most profiles - even large/complex profiles - display within approximately two seconds.

Visualizations

The ability to examine the VIVO network from many points-of-view is at the heart of connecting researchers, ideas and resources. VIVO 1.8.1 offers users new and improved visualizations that make it easier to “see” formative research as it emerges at individual, institutional and topic levels. Click here to see an example of the new Visualizations in 1.8.1

New Javascript based versions of Co-Author and Co-Investigator are networks available. These new visualizations do not require Flash and display on mobile devices such as phones and tablets.

All visualizations have significant performance improvements. Maps of Science, Temporal Graphs and Co-author and Co-Investigator networks now all complete in just a few seconds. The very largest Maps of Science may require up to two minutes to complete.

Additional Improvements

New AltMetric badges are enabled on publications by default, providing direct link to AltMetric information regarding the publication.

Additional improvements reduce time and resource usage for indexing and inferencing. More than a dozen have been made to improve user experience.

We look forward to hearing from you about VIVO 1.8.1. Please contact VIVO Tech Lead Graham Triggs with questions, suggestions and feedback: <gtriggs@duraspace.org>.

About VIVO

VIVO is an open source, open ontology, open process platform for hosting information about the interests, activities and accomplishments of scientists and scholars. VIVO supports open development and integration of science and scholarship through simple, standard semantic web! technologies. VIVO was originally funded by Cornell University and the National Institutes of Health (U24 RR029822) and is currently a community-supported project under the DuraSpace umbrella.

How Does DuraSpace Help?

The DuraSpace organization is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit providing leadership and innovation for open technologies that promote durable, persistent access and discovery of digital data. Our values are expressed in our organizational byline, "Committed to our digital future."

DuraSpace works collaboratively with organizations that use VIVO to advance the design, development and sustainability of the project. As a non-profit, DuraSpace provides technical leadership, sustainability planning, fundraising, community development, marketing and communications, collaborations and strategic partnerships, and administration.

Introducing the VIVO Community Pages

Hidden treasures are even better when they are discovered. The VIVO community wiki pages are one of those treasures. This section of the DuraSpace wiki offers the VIVO community a wealth of information, best practices and valuable resources that can assist institutions in implementing, managing and sharing VIVO data and resources. Here are highlights of what you will find in the VIVO Community pages.

 

Considering VIVO

If you are thinking about or planning a VIVO implementation you will find a concise overview of VIVO features and functionality here including FAQs, slide presentations, recordings, historic information and more.

 

Planning a VIVO Implementation

A common VIVO process question arises once a university decides to take the next step. How do institutions assess the effort and resources that will be required to implement VIVO, even though the open source software is freely available?  How long will it take; what kind of people are needed; how much does it cost; where do I start, and; is there a sample plan for implementing VIVO?  A recent task force, led by Violeta Ilik from Northwestern University, addressed these and other questions. As a result of their efforts an entirely new section of the Community VIVO wiki, Planning a VIVO Implementation has been added to the VIVO Community pages. This section describes the planning steps required to implement VIVO and includes suggestions for all aspects of the process–project management, outreach and community engagement, data management, and technical development in perspective, with sections devoted to analysis, design, implementation, launch and maintenance for each.

 

Event Calendar, Events Organized by the VIVO Community, Conferences Attended and to Attend

These three sections help you plan your participation in the active VIVO community that is working on many simultaneous fronts all at once. Tracking past and upcoming meetings and events are facilitated by these sections:

The VIVO Event Calendar is the place to check to keep up to date with community online meetings and events.

Upcoming and past face-to-face community events with links to more information can be found in Events Organized by the VIVO Community section.

External events and conferences where VIVO is planning to have a presence are summarized in Conferences Attended and to Attend.

 

Adoption Materials

Useful, printable materials and resources to help you share information about the dynamic VIVO platform and community it serves help you “make the case for VIVO” within your institution or at meetings and conferences here.

 

Email listservs

Keeping in touch with VIVO colleagues who share your interests is the subject of the Email listservs page where you will find links to information about how to join a list. The listservs focused on relevant aspects of VIVO community activity of interest may be found here.

 

Sites Implementing VIVO

"Who’'s using VIVO" is a key question for institutions who are considering adding VIVO to their software stack. This up-to-date list of 26 institutions who have production VIVO sites and 86 more that are in various stages of implementation will be of interest here.

 

Social Media

If you are interested in following recent VIVO news and community achievements as a way of keeping up with what’s going on, then check in on VIVO social media here. VIVO maintains Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

 

Branding, Logos, Templates, and Identity Guidelines

Do you need the VIVO logo for a presentation or poster you are preparing? This page has links to VIVO logos, Guidelines for their use and a Powerpoint template here.

 

Maintaining the VIVO Wiki

"Wiki gardening" or "weeding" the corpus of 1700 VIVO wiki pages is an ongoing organizational and maintenance task that the community can be particularly helpful with. Here are some guidelines if you are inspired to help make the VIVO wiki an even better community resource.

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