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VIVO Updates, Feb 18 -- conference info, wiki, apps and tools

VIVO Conference at the JB Duke Hotel  The Ninth Annual International VIVO Conference will be held June 6-8, 2018 at the JB Duke Hotel on the campus of Duke University.  The conference has obtained a fabulous rate for conference attendees.  The rate includes breakfast and lunch each day, and dinner Thursday night.  Be sure to stay at the JB Duke to take advantage of all conference activities, the fabulous discount rate, included meals, and top notch hotel amenities.  Staying at the hotel helps the project and you, as you will have more time to spend with your VIVO colleagues.  It's simple, just register.  And while you are registering, you can submit a proposal for the conference – share your work as a presentation, a poster, a panel, a workshop.  We hope to see you at the JB Duke!

Two wikis  Did you know we have two wikis?  Yes, we do.

  • The Community Wiki, also known as the VIVO wiki, is here:  https://goo.gl/ULQDFm  The community wiki supports you and the project by providing information about VIVO, and the VIVO Project.  It has more than 1,700 pages and can be overwhelming.  But take a look around.  Click through some of the headings in the left hand menu.  Follow some of the links on the main page.  You will find information on how the project works, how it is supported, how it is organized, resources for participants in the project, historical information, and quite a bit more.  If you find something in the wiki that could be improved, improve it.  Seriously.  It's easy.  Get an account if you don't already have one, read Maintaining the VIVO Wiki, and then edit pages.  Editing the wiki is a great way to get involved with the project. Do you have ideas to share about wiki organization, or questions about where particular information can be found? Post a question to vivo-community@googlegroups.com
  • The Documentation Wiki, also known as the technical documentation, is here: https://goo.gl/uLdDHJ  Unlike the community wiki, the documentation wiki is focused on the current version of the VIVO and Vitro software (there are previous versions of the documentation wiki available for previous versions of VIVO and Vitro).  The documentation wiki is organized like a technical manual and can be printed as single PDF.  Some sections of the documentation are placeholders, indicated by asterisks.  If you are using the technical documentation and see something that can be improved, please consider improving it.  See the VIVO documentation style guide, get an account, and participate in the improvement of the documentation.  Have a question about something in the documentation, post a question to vivo-tech@googlegroups.com

Apps and Tools Catalog  Did you know we have a catalog of open source applications and tools that the community has built for use with VIVO and Vitro?  You can find the catalog in the community wiki here:  https://goo.gl/LwjpJS  You will also find in the left hand menu of the community wiki here:  https://goo.gl/ULQDFm  It's right there below Community Pages and above VIVO Project Governance (those are also interesting parts of the wiki that you may want to explore).  Do you have a tool to share with the VIVO community?  Perhaps it is already shared in GitHub.  We'd like to hear more.  Visit the Apps and Tools Catalog and add your tool to share it!

Apps and Tools call Thursday Speaking of Apps and Tools, the Apps and Tools Interest Group will have a call this Thursday at 1 PM. Sarbajit Dutta will demonstrate JenaConnect, a tool developed at Weill Cornell Medicine to significantly improve VIVO data ingest.

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director

VIVO Updates -- Feb 11. Research Graph VIVO Cloud Pilot

Research Graph VIVO Cloud Pilot. For years sites wishing to implement VIVO have been looking for a way to discover the work of their institution and represent it in a VIVO.  Some sites have asked for a hosted solution.  Last year, I worked with Research Graph to show how their data could be harvested and loaded into a hosted VIVO.  Since then, working with Erin Tripp at Duraspace, a cloud pilot service has been designed.  You can learn more about it here: Research Graph VIVO Cloud Pilot.  If you are interested in augmenting the data in your current VIVO, or learning more about how Research Graph may be able to help, you may wish to check out the pilot.  The pilot is just that, a pilot.  We have a lot to learn about the suitability of the data, and the quality of the resulting VIVO.  

Hear from you.  Have ideas about the future of VIVO?  We'd like to hear from more of you.  Here are some options: 1) write me an email (mconlon@duraspace.org ); 2) Share your thoughts with a member of VIVO Leadership Group – perhaps you work with one of these people or know one personally.  They would very much like to hear from you. Or perhaps you would prefer to share with a member of the VIVO Steering Group – perhaps you have a colleague there; 3) Share your thoughts on Slack.  Haven't joined Slack, it's easy, click here:  https://goo.gl/sSDGMn; 4) Answer an open ended survey – you can share your thoughts here https://goo.gl/forms/mc2RDSyl6xITuNIN2, in an anonymous survey;  5) You can share your thoughts on a shared open Google Doc here: https://goo.gl/q6p9wt; and 6) You can share your thoughts on one of the Interest Groups calls (see below, the Implementation Interest Group call is this Thursday) – these friendly calls are open to all.  Please join a call and share your questions, concerns, thoughts.  Use whichever method is most comfortable for you.  Please comment freely on any aspect of the project.

Some things to do in February.  Lots of things are happening in the VIVO Community.  Here's some things you may want to do help:

Implementation call Thursday.  Let's talk implementation!  Join Paul Albert and the Implementation Interest Group this Thursday at 1 PM US Eastern.

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director

 

 

VIVO Updates -- Register now for VIVO Camp!

Keep those ideas coming  Have an idea about VIVO? What do we want?  How will we get it?  Share your ideas here:  https://goo.gl/S2VSGD  We will be collecting ideas through February 19.  We hope to hear from you!

VIVO Conference Call for Proposals is open  Share your work on research information management, open scholarship, and profile systems at the VIVO Conference, June 6-8, Durham, NC.  Submit your proposal for a poster, workshop, panel, or presentation here:  http://vivoconference.org/news/callforproposals

Want to help with the conference?  Join Slack (see below).

VIVO Camp in beautiful San Diego, April 5-7  VIVO Camp is two and a half days of introduction to VIVO for those considering, planning, or leading implementations.  Instructors will cover project goals, community buy-in, data sources, data models, ingest, ontology, and much more.  Julia Trimmer, Duke University, Paul Albert, Weill Cornell Medicine, Violeta Ilik, Stony Brook University, Mike Conlon and Benjamin Gross of Clarivate will serve as your guides, counselors, and instructors.  Camp will be held at the Biomedical Library of the University of California, San Diego, UCSD, a stones throw from beautiful La Jolla.  Camp registration is now open with an early bird deadline of February 28.  To learn more and to register, click here:  https://goo.gl/vh9hm7

New to VIVO?  Here's some links:

Hmmm. Maybe we should have a refrigerator magnet.

Calls this week.  Development Interest Group meets weekly on Tuesday at 11 AM US Eastern.  The Ontology Improvement Task Forcewill meet this Tuesday at 10 AM US EAStern time.  Agendas and call in information are posted to the lists, and are available in the wiki.

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project DirectorDuraspace 

VIVO Updates -- January 28 -- Feedback, Outreach, Conference Call for Proposals

We want to hear from you  We will be talking a bit about the future of VIVO over the coming months.  How should the software progress?  How can the community grow?  How can people participate?  What challenges exist and how can we address them?

We are very, very interested in your ideas.  Please share your thoughts.  It could be a quick comment, a word of encouragement, a treatise on the future of scholarship, whatever you may wish to share.

We want to hear from you.  Here are some options: 1) write me an email (mconlon@duraspace.org ); 2) Share your thoughts with a member of VIVO Leadership Group – perhaps you work with one of these people or know one personally.  They would very much like to hear from you. Or perhaps you would prefer to share with a member of the VIVO Steering Group – perhaps you have a colleague there; 3) Share your thoughts on Slack.  Haven't joined Slack, it's easy, click here:  https://goo.gl/sSDGMn; 4) Answer an open ended survey – you can share your thoughts here https://goo.gl/forms/mc2RDSyl6xITuNIN2, in an anonymous survey;  5) You can share your thoughts on a shared open Google Doc here: https://goo.gl/q6p9wt; and 6) You can share your thoughts on one of the Interest Groups calls (see below, the Outreach and Engagement Interest Group call is this Thursday) – these friendly calls are open to all.  Please join a call and share your questions, concerns, thoughts.  Use whichever method is most comfortable for you.  Please comment freely on any aspect of the project.

We need your feedback by the end of the day, Monday, February 19.  Why so soon?  Leadership and Steering will be having a strategy meeting March 1.  The group is seeking all kinds of input – what works, what needs to be improved?  So please share your thoughts with them directly, with me (I'll be sure to share) or via one of the other mechanisms described above.

Please take a moment to think about VIVO and share your thoughts anyway you wish.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Outreach and Engagement call  There will an Outreach and Engagement Interest Group call this Thursday at 1 PM US Eastern.  Here's the Zoom link: https://duraspace.zoom.us/j/661132230 The group will discuss ideas about the future of VIVO  (see above) providing input to Leadership and Steering for their consideration.  Hope you can join us!

VIVO Conference Call for Proposals  The 9th annual VIVO Conference Call for Proposals is now open, through March 18.  Posters, presentations, panels, workshops – the conference is looking to present your work.  The Conference will be held at the JB Duke Hotel, Durham NC, June 6-8, 2018.  See https://easychair.org/cfp/VIVO2018 to submit a proposal.

The Marine Biological Laboratory Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution  has a VIVO.  Erin Tripp of Duraspace recently interviewed John Furfey regarding the site and the effort that went in to it.  You can read more here. https://goo.gl/uhN7M7 and visit their VIVO site here:  http://vivo.mblwhoilibrary.org/  Interested in sharing the story of your VIVO?  See https://goo.gl/tNA6W8

Scholars at TAMU Congratulations to the VIVO team at Texas A&M University in College Station Texas on the launch of their VIVO-powered site, Scholars@TAMUhttp://scholars.tamu.edu   The site has a great look, with publication links to PubMed, Altmetrics, and other sources.  And with more than 126K publications, another example of things being bigger in Texas.  What a great site!

VIVO Vagrant  is a great way to try out VIVO.  Ted Lawless recently updated VIVO Vagrant to the current version, 1.9.3.  See http://github.com/lawlesst/vivo-vagrant Thanks Ted for sharing this great resource with the community!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project DirectorDuraspace 

 

 

VIVO Updates -- January 22 -- Slack, Zoom, new meeting times, webinar

Slack and Zoom.  With the new year come new technologies for use by the VIVO project.

  • Slack is a popular team collaboration tool.  You can join VIVO Slack here: https://goo.gl/forms/JxQFkut4TYj4Ehww1  We have channels for development, ontology, camp, and more.  Join the collaboration!
  • Zoom is a popular web-based video conferencing tool.  VIVO has moved from WebEx to Zoom.  All future VIVO on-line meetings will be held in Zoom.  We are updating the wiki, calendars and other notes to reference new Zoom meetings locations.

Development.  The Development Interest group will meet every Tuesday at 11 AM US Eastern.  All info here:  https://goo.gl/oz39Nj

Ontology.  The Ontology Improvement Task Force will meet every other Tuesday at 10 AM US eastern.  All info here: https://goo.gl/2u6jDg

Apps and Tools. The Apps and Tools Interest Group will meet this Thursday at 1 PM US Eastern at its new Zoom location:  https://duraspace.zoom.us/j/685993966

Webinar: VIVO and the Role of Librarians.  From Violeta Ilik: I wanted to share with all of you two upcoming webinars that are scheduled to happen in February and March. They relate to VIVO and the role of librarians. I am very happy that American Library Association is acknowledging the role of librarians in implementation and continuous support of this project and I am truly honored to have been asked to teach these two webinars. Hope you can join in or recommend to someone.

For more information please visit these two links:

http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/022818

http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/031418

Ideas about VIVO? Please share your ideas about VIVO and Vitro with us.  You can share on a list, on Slack, directly with a member of the VIVO Leadership GroupVIVO Steering Group, send directly to me – Mike Conlon.  We are always looking to hear from you about ways to make VIVO and Vitro better.

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project DirectorDuraspace 

 

 

VIVO Updates for Jan 7 -- New Year, new initiatives

Happy New Year from VIVO!  I wish everyone in the VIVO community a very Happy New Year.  We have much to be thankful for and much to look forward to.  Here are just a few things we can look forward to in 2018:

  • A new approach to community development. In the coming year we hope to organize sprints – concentrated effort related to the development of specific new features.  Software sprints will develop new capabilities for VIVO and Vitro, and incorporate great work available at VIVO sites into the base VIVO for everyone to use.  We look forward to building on the great work of the community to share that great work with others.  This is the essence of open source software development.  Do you have work to share?  We look forward to creating sprints to incorporate your work in future releases. We are gathering examples of great community work that should be available to others through the VIVO community open source efforts.  Please send any example you have of your work, or work of others that you have seen presented at a VIVO conference, or have heard of through lists or community activity. Let's build a better VIVO and Vitro for everyone!
  • VIVO events throughout the year:
    • The VIVO Conference will be held at the JB Duke Hotel in Durham North Carolina on the campus of Duke University, June 6-8, 2018.  Let's see the new community development process bearing fruit for discussion and further development at the conference.  This year, the conference specifically welcomes all those engaged in the representation and creation of open data regarding scholarship.
    • VIVO Camps.  VIVO is planning two camps – one for the spring (April?) and one for the fall (November?).  If you have comments or questions about dates, location, content, or anything else related to these 2.5 day training opportunities, please contact Mike Conlon.
    • VIVO Meet-ups.  Are you planning to attend a conference where other VIVO folks, or people interested in VIVO, or people who should be interested in VIVO (that's almost everyone!) will be attending?  Perhaps you'd like to organize a VIVO meet-up – an informal meeting of VIVO people to discuss VIVO and introduce others to VIVO.  Here's a list of some of the events that we expect VIVO folks to attend over the coming year.  Conferences Attended and to Attend  Are there others?  Please drop us a note.
  • New engagement with Leadership and Steering. The  VIVO Leadership Group and VIVO Steering Group set direction for the project.  New members are elected each year predominantly from organizations supporting VIVO through membership in Duraspace.  Becoming a member is easy.  See Becoming a Member of Duraspace.  Want to help? Please contact a member of Leadership or Steering.  Leadership and Steering will be having a joint meeting in the new year to establish a new roadmap and new strategies for executing the roadmap.  We will have more news about this shortly.
  • Technical developments New approaches for getting data out of VIVO (see below), new approaches for getting data into VIVO (see below) and more are being developed.  Do you have ideas about community open source development?  Are you a developer and want to help?  Please contact Andrew Woods who will be helping develop VIVO's technical community in 2018.
  • New approaches at Duraspace.  In the past, Duraspace provided services to its projects, while the projects operated quite independently.  Over the coming year, expect to see a more integrated approach from Duraspace, with multiple people participating in the project in various new ways.  Business development, membership, partnering, and development of technical community will engage new people and new efforts across all Duraspace projects, including VIVO.

Graham Triggs.  Graham is leaving the VIVO Project as of December 31, 2017.  After two plus years of developing software, creating new releases, launching OpenVIVO, and helping organize the technical documentation, Graham is moving on. Graham's deep knowledge of software development, the VIVO code base, and system environments for VIVO will be sorely missed.  I greatly enjoyed and appreciated working with Graham.  He is an amazing talent. We wish him well in all his future endeavors and profusely thank him for all he has done for VIVO.

Getting Data out of VIVO.  We have a number of methods for getting data out of VIVO.  We can unload the triple store into a single file for use in data analysis software such as R and Tableau.  We can use the Vitro APIs to issue SPARQL queries, and we have many examples of using SPARQL queries for answering adhoc questions, and providing standard tabular data for other applications. And now, Cornell University has made available their Data Distributor, available as an add-in for VIVO versions 1.8 and above.  The Data Distributor supports adding SPARQL queries to VIVO and having them respond at URls of your choice.  This makes it very convenient to support the use of VIVO data in other web sites and for data analysis.  

Congratulations to Cornell for providing this fundamental new capability to the Vitro and VIVO communities!

You can find the Data Distributor here:  https://cul-it.github.io/vivo-data-distribution-api/

Getting Data into VIVO.  There are many methods for getting data into VIVO.  People use the VIVO Harvester, Karma, the VIVO Pump, XSLT, and locally written scripts to gather data, disambiguate works and people, map to the VIVO ontologies, transform to RDF, load and curate as needed.  Can we standardize parts or all of these processes for publications and other works to leverage the great work of the community and provide supported approaches for all?  Would this help VIVO adoption and implementation?  Let's see what our community can do to help others!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project DirectorDuraspace 

 

 

VIVO Updates for Dec 17 -- Cambridge, Cornell, CNI, and a new year

Congratulations Cambridge and Cornell!  The University of Cambridge launched its long awaited VIVO this week.  Congratulations to the team at Cambridge, and to Symplectic, who assisted with the implementation.  Congratulations to the team at Cornell who launched an upgrade to Scholars at Cornell this week.

Do you have a site approaching launch, in development, or in project planning?  Considering a VIVO implementation and have questions?  We'd love to hear from you.  Drop Mike Conlon a note!

Coalition for Networked Information.  The Coalition for Network information holds two meetings each year.  Their fall meeting was held last week in Washington DC.  Here's the website.  Each meeting showcases projects of interest to those building the open scholarly ecosystem.  This meeting had more content on linked data, and research data management and preservation.  Glad to see the community embracing topics that need discussion and work as we move forward.  Of particular interest to me was the closing keynote by Herbert van de Sompel of Los Alamos Laboratories. Slides from Dr. van de Sompel's talk entitled Scholarly Communication: Deconstruct and Decentralize? are available on Slideshare here. He describes a web-centric, personalized approach to scholarly communication using concepts from Solid, a project led by Tim Berners-Lee.  See http://solid.mit.edu

The spring CNI meeting will be held in San Diego, April 12-13, 2018.

Put your thinking cap on.  Early in the new year we will be soliciting ideas for next steps for VIVO.  We have a tremendous community, full of creative, productive people advancing the state of the art in representing, recording, and using the scholarly record produced by Vitro and VIVO.  What would you like to see us do?  See us fix?  See us advance?  How would you like to help?  Make a list, and check it twice.  We'd like to identify the areas that should drive us forward in the coming year.

Happy Holidays!  No VIVO meetings for a few weeks due to the holidays.  We will resume the meeting schedule the week of January 8.  I hope everyone has a lovely holiday full of cheer.  Happy New Year and we look forward to exciting developments in 2018!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project DirectorDuraspace 

VIVO Updates for Nov 19 — Service Providers, Donations, Membership, CNI, Camp, Thanksgiving

Service Providers.  Do you provide professional services to the VIVO community, assisting with planning, data acquisition, implementation, hosting, upgrades or other?  Please contact Erin Tripp, Duraspace, to make sure you are listed with Duraspace as a service provider.

Donations.  Did you know you can make personal financial donations to help the VIVO Project?  As a non-profit, Duraspace is in a position to accept your donation and provide a receipt for tax purposes.  As the end of the year approaches, and you consider potential philanthropy, please consider supporting the VIVO Project with a donation.  To make a donation, please contact Valorie Hollister, Duraspace.

Membership.  Membership in Duraspace supports the VIVO project by providing the financial resources necessary to advance the software, and the community.  If your institution is using VIVO – exploring VIVO, implementing VIVO, or using VIVO to provide services to your institution, please consider a membership in Duraspace.  Your institution receives direct benefits as a member.  Each of the sites in the community benefits from financial stability, and the ability to advance the software and further develop the community.  To become a member, please contact Michele Mennielli, Duraspace.

Coalition for Networked Information.  If you plan to attend the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) meeting in Washington DC, December 11-12, and you are interested in meeting up with other VIVO Community members, please let me know.  Would be good to meet with VIVO people in DC in December.

VIVO Camp.  We had a wonderful time in Durham at VIVO Camp!  Lots of learning, sharing, and camaraderie.  Participants set up their own VIVOs, explored the world of linked data, learned about ontologies, wrote SPARQL queries, and were introduced to Karma, a tool for creating data for VIVO.  A good time was had by all. Thank you to all the participants and instructors!   We are planning a Camp for the spring – dates and location to be determined. Interested? Please contact Julia Trimmer.

No Interest Group Call this week.  The normally scheduled Apps and Tools call for this Thursday is canceled.  This Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States.  Traditionally, families gather for turkey dinner and share what good fortune they have with each other.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project DirectorDuraspace 

VIVO Updates for Nov 5 -- Camp, RDA, Force 11

Time for Camp!  VIVO Camp starts this Thursday, November 9 in Durham, North Carolina at Duke University.  It's never too late to register.  See https://goo.gl/ocvznb Camp is 2.5 days of hands on VIVO training for sites exploring VIVO, planning and conducting implementations.  Camp is about all that stuff we talk about here and on the lists – working with faculty, developing use cases, planning an implementation, assembling a team, identifiers, linked data, SPARQL, VIVO and Vitro, ontology, and much more.  This is not a conference, or a hackathon.  It is training leading to development of new skills.  Please join me, Graham TriggsJulia TrimmerVioleta IlikPaul Albert, and Benjamin Gross at VIVO Camp.  We hope to see you there.

And a special thanks to Julia Trimmer and the folks at Duke for hosting VIVO Camp!

Where in the world is VIVO?  Did you know that we have a list of all the VIVO sites in the world that we know of?  It's right here:  http://duraspace.org/registry/vivo.  Anyone can add a new site to the list.  And if you are on the list and would like to update your information, that's easy to do as well.  We list sites that are implementing as well as sites that are in production.  Have a new a site that isn't on the list?  Please add your site!

Research Data Alliance.  I had an opportunity to attend the 10th plenary meeting of the Research Data Alliance in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Everything was new for me.  It was very exciting to see so many people so focused on creating the means for sharing research data.  RDA is organized for work – plenary meetings are held every six months and consist of birds of a feather meetings, interest groups and working group meetings.  There are posters, and a keynote, and some plenary business, but the vast majority of the meeting is work.  I found that I knew quite a number of people working with RDA.  And that the work of RDA is very aligned with the work of VIVO, and VIVO's core principles of open community, open ontology, open source software, and open, shared data.  If you are involved in the production, curation, and sharing of research data, I would encourage you to participate in RDA.  See http://rd-alliance.org Their next plenary meeting will be in Berlin, March 21-23, 2018.

Force 11.  Another worthwhile group is Force 11.  They held their annual meeting in Berlin, October 25-27.  Force 11, founded as "Beyond the PDF" is dedicated to transforming scholarly communication – moving beyond static publications in peer reviewed journals to a more vibrant collection of scholarly outputs with a variety of participation and attribution models.  The world of scholarly communication is changing rapidly, and VIVO plays an important role in collecting information about the activities of scholars in all forms of scholarship. Many Force 11 leaders and participants have experience with VIVO and understand the need for an open, shared, ecosystem.  To learn more about Force 11, see https://www.force11.org/

Development Interest Group  The Development Interest Group meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 1 PM US Eastern time.  Are you a Java developer?  Do you have access to a VIVO development environment?  We'd love to hear from you and have you join the calls.  Here's the WebEx link:  https://goo.gl/dwN1WH  Please join us!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project Director Duraspace 

VIVO Updates for Oct 1, 2017 -- storms, roadmap, vivo camp, membership, RDA, outreach and engagement

It's been a month  This fall has been a big one for natural disasters in the southern United States and the islands of the Caribbean.  First we had Hurricane Harvey in Houston and southeastern Texas, with its enormous flooding, then Hurricane Irma with flooding and wind damage across the entire state of Florida, followed by Hurricane Maria with its tremendous damage to Puerto Rico and other islands.  Many, many millions of people were left homeless, without power, water, food, transportation, medical care, and other necessities.  And some people lost their lives.

My own experience was rather minor – our home was undamaged.  Our power was out for 2.5 days, along with running water.  Our wifi service was interrupted for nine days.  We have numerous trees down.  The bridge to our property was washed away and required 18 days to repair – in the meantime we had limited ability to get around – things are far apart where I live, and there is no public transportation. But Florida is very well prepared for such storms and the response to the storm was remarkable – tens of thousands of people from across the country, and from other countries, assisted tens of thousand of Floridians in rescue efforts, clearing streets, restoring power, and in repairing and rebuilding roads, bridges, and buildings.  Neighbors helped neighbors and strangers.  The work of returning to normal is on-going. My own work was disrupted while we took care of repairs, and thankfully we had the means to make repairs.  All is almost back to normal – the bridge is driveable and final repairs should be completed this week.  I appreciate everyone's patience.

But more than patience is needed for people who lost more in the storms.  Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the islands of the Caribbean are in need of additional help. If you are able to help, please consider supporting your local charities, and all those providing assistance to those in need.

Roadmap comments  Thanks to all who left comments on the Roadmap Poster at the VIVO conference.  Making VIVO better for scholarship is on-going work.  We are always looking for ideas to make VIVO more open, more useful for everyone, particularly scholars and their institutions.  Let's face it – getting data together for VIVO – getting permissions to use everything – working with the faculty to insure they are represented properly and engaged in the VIVO process – cleaning data to a level suitable for public display by VIVO – transforming data from existing formats to VIVO RDF – updating data as new faculty, grants, papers, courses, data, and other artifacts of scholarship are created – it's all real work.  Not particularly technical, but very caring of the people whose work is being represented, and very detailed.  When you have data in VIVO, you have a strong desire to use it to help people improve scholarship via expert finding, showcasing individual and program work, evaluation, analysis, and assessment.  We need much better ways to get data into VIVO, and there need to be many more ways to get data out – packaged ways such as visualizations and reports, and open ways such as data publication and APIs.  We are always engaged in an open, on-going conversation about how to improve the representation of scholarship, how to have data about such representations, and how to use data about scholarship to improve scholarship.  We welcome your comments and look forward to making VIVO more useful for all.

VIVO Camp, Durham, NC, Nov 9-11, 2017.  VIVO Camp is an opportunity to learn from VIVO experts.  Come join Mike ConlonGraham TriggsVioleta IlikPaul Albert, and Julia Trimmer for an intense, hands-on training experience in VIVO administration, VIVO data, and VIVO community.  Participants will run VIVO on their own machines, develop input procedures, discuss their institutional environments with campers, and do lots of homework.  Toasted marshmallows, ghost stories, and two and a half days of VIVO training!  Ready to learn about VIVO?  Registration is open here:  https://goo.gl/ocvznb

Membership in Duraspace Membership in Duraspace is critically important to continue to move VIVO forward.  As we consider how to make VIVO better, please consider supporting VIVO through membership in Duraspace.  It's easy to become a member.  See http://bit.ly/dura-join If you are a member already, thank you for your support!

RDA  As airports in Florida were cleared, I had an opportunity to attend the 10th Plenary of the Research Data Alliance in Montreal.  This was my first RDA meeting.  I very much enjoyed the purpose and structure of RDA – as a statistician by training, I have been involved in the creation and management of research data throughout my career – meeting so many people with similar interests was fantastic.  Research data is, of course, just one of the kinds of things that VIVO is interested in representing and facilitating, showcasing, and using as indicators of expertise, productivity, and impact.  There is much we can do to improve VIVO's ability to represent and use research data.  The structure of RDA is also fascinating – very few prepared talks – almost all the time is spent in Birds of a Feather sessions (organizing future interest groups), Interest groups (planning future work), and working groups (doing work).  I like work, so this structure was very appealing to me.  The plenaries are held every six months which provides strong accountability for the entire process.  I can't speak to results (I'm new).  I'd love to hear from others about their RDA experiences.

Outreach and Engagement  The Outreach and Engagement Interest Group will have its regular call this Thursday, October 5 at 1 PM US Eastern time.  Here's a link for webex: https://goo.gl/PKuxNg  Have ideas, questions, comments?  Please join the call!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon VIVO Project DirectorDuraspace