#VIVO15 conference materials now in figshare!

We are delighted to partner with figshare to make #VIVO15 presentations openly available through their new figshare for institutions service. This makes the terrific work of the VIVO community more accessible than ever in a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. Moreover, the materials are now persistent and citable with a DOI. Our sincere thanks to the figshare and Digital Science teams for their work to make this possible!

-- Kristi Holmes & Melissa Haendel, 2015 VIVO Conference Chair & Program Chair

We've invited figshare to share some information about their new figshare for institutions service and the benefits it offers to the VIVO community:

The recent launch of figshare for institutions will see the complete figshare codebase move over to a much more flexible system so that all those who use figshare can make use of new functionality such as ‘embargos’ and ‘collections’. To date, we have focused our features on keeping life simple for academics, whilst giving both the end users and the institutions complete control over their files. We have also supported publishers in their need for new infrastructure to host an ever diversifying and growing number of research outputs. The new codebase however, allows a lot more flexibility to provide solutions to any party looking to better manage and disseminate academic content.

The first of these areas is academic conferences. The figshare team was in attendance at the recent VIVO conference in Boston and took the opportunity to discuss a potential portal with Mike Conlon (VIVO Project Lead) and Kristi Holmes (VIVO15 Conference Chair). As a tribute to the high regard figshare and the entire Digital Science portfolio holds for the VIVO community, we decided to pilot using the new figshare portals as a great way to manage and expose the products of the conference. This can include abstracts, posters, presentations and even videos of the talks. Conferences are a fantastic source of academic outputs, from forward thinking abstracts to cutting edge research in posters. For the most part, this is captured on conference websites which aren’t necessarily visited much after the conference itself. By supporting the persistent storage of these outputs, conferences can have useful record of all of the outputs presented each year. As with all public figshare outputs, the files are previewable in the browser and everything is persistent and citable with a DOI.

We are continuing to collect content for the conference. If you have posters, presentations, associated with this years highly successful VIVO event that you can email them to . In the meantime, you can check our progress with VIVO 2015 instance here!

Our new portal designs mean that the logo and branding can be matched up with the year’s theme of location. The portal has lots of filters so conference organisers can see which are the most popular posters and presentations, while making all of the content citable. Going forward, preserving a copy of record of the annual conference will be easy. Each year a new filter and landing page can be added so that each annual conference can have it’s own persistent record.

If you are running an academic conference and would be interested in piloting the new functionality, or if you have any other interesting use cases for our new portals, do reach out and let us know. Alternatively, If you would like to hear more about how we can satisfy funder mandates on open data, or to see how ‘figshare for institutions’ could be a good fit at your University or College, please get in touch via or via twitter, facebook or google+.

JOIN VIVO Stories: Introducing People, Projects, Ideas and Innovation

The Telling VIVO Stories Task Force is underway! The task force goal is to grow our open source community and actively engage with its members by sharing each others stories. The first three stories are now available to inspire and answer questions about how others have implemented VIVO at their institutions:

Does this effort look interesting? Do you have a story to share? Great! We invite you to consider joining VIVO storytellers.

The Telling VIVO Stories Task Force increases interactions and builds deeper connections among community members by encouraging the development and distribution of stories about innovative VIVOs. The stories are generated from interviews conducted by members from other VIVO institutions using a simple set of questions.

Once the stories are approved they are published widely throughout the VIVO and DuraSpace communities. This growing corpus of real-world examples will make it easier for new VIVO users to learn more about how other community members went about implementing VIVO.

“Telling VIVO Stories” Task Force objectives:

  • Increase engagement of  VIVO community members through the familiar process of storytelling;
  • Develop more and deeper connections among and between VIVO community members and beyond; provide an avenue for community members to develop personal relationships;
  • Generate awareness, interest, and participation of the wider VIVO and open source community by "connecting the research dots" about the activities and accomplishments of VIVO community members and institutions in the emerging research data landscape

Please join us in sharing the energy, enthusiasm and good ideas of the VIVO community. Contact Julia Trimmer, Telling VIVO Stories Task Force chair < >.

Telling VIVO Stories at Duke University with Julia Trimmer

“Telling VIVO Stories” is a community-led initiative aimed at introducing project leaders and their ideas to one another while providing details about VIVO implementations for the community and beyond. The following interview includes personal observations that may not represent the opinions and views of Duke University or the VIVO Project. Carol Minton Morris from DuraSpace interviewed Julia Trimmer from Duke University to learn about Scholars@Duke.

What’s your role with VIVO at your organization or institution?

I previously worked as a business analyst and project manager in a development group in Duke’s health system. We developed faculty systems for the Duke School of Medicine and integrated institutional data into those systems. I joined the Provost’s Office in 2007 and we created a faculty appointments system by merging data from two legacy systems. The day after we rolled out that system, we started planning what we called the “faculty activities” system. We spent six months looking at available tools and talked to several vendors -- they all mentioned compatibility with VIVO. We liked VIVO, especially that it was open source and multi-institutional. We went to the first VIVO conference six years ago and never looked back.

Tell me a little about your organization or institution.

Duke University has been a private research university for more than a hundred years. We enroll 6,500 undergraduate and 8,000 graduate students from almost every state and many foreign countries. Our faculty are incredible -- many are doing interdisciplinary work in very disparate fields -- and they are leaders in teaching, research and patient care. We are enthusiastic about supporting their work and honored to help bring their scholarship to the world through Scholars@Duke. We have established a responsive outreach and engagement program featuring multiple solutions for our diverse Duke faculty community that can be found on the Scholars@Duke support page.

Why did you decide on VIVO?

The core VIVO value proposition: “VIVO provides an integrated view of the scholarly work of an organization,” reflects Duke’s values that include a commitment to free access to shared knowledge as well as ongoing outreach, service and volunteerism. We like VIVO’s semantic web technology, the community spirit of collaboration, and a shared sense of contribution to global knowledge and research. Scholars@Duke supports Duke’s open access policy by linking to full-text publications deposited in our open access repository. VIVO’s linked and open data capability, the shared ontology, and the active global community all appeal to the leadership at Duke.

What were your requirements going in?

We had two existing systems that we wanted to replace, so we needed a new system with the same features. We wanted a system that was flexible enough for us to develop and contribute our own additions back to the community. Our developers had worked with open-source communities before, so we felt confident that we could make VIVO work at Duke.

What strategic organizational or institutional goals did VIVO help you meet?

Our key goal was to create public profiles for all Duke faculty in one system; these had to be both automated and customizable. Next, we wanted to share this data with Duke schools so that it populates faculty department profiles automatically. Finally, we want to support Duke’s Open Access Repository and help add full-text publications to it that can be linked to Scholars profiles.

What are your plans for VIVO in the future?

We are adding functionality to improve the subject headings/keywords that we add automatically as well as some advanced search features. Next, we’ll be working on CV functionality.

What is at the top of your VIVO “wish list?”

It would be great to have a search tool that searches all VIVO implementations. Cross site search will enhance profile discoverability and collaboration across all VIVOs.

What advice would you give to other organizations that are planning a VIVO implementation?

Start small with a particular initiative backed by engaged users, a research group or a department or school. It’s best to work with the leadership of your institution-- make sure that you are engaging with people at high levels of the institution including administrators and university librarians, and that you clearly articulate your goals. Start small and aim high. That means keep the first implementation simple but engage broadly across the institution.

DuraSpace Selects Gunter Media Group, Inc. as a Registered Service Provider for VIVO

Winchester, MA  Aug 26, 2015

Gunter Media Group, Inc., an executive management consulting firm that helps libraries, publishers and companies leverage key operational, technical, business and human assets, has become a DuraSpace Registered Service Provider (RSP) for the VIVO Project. Gunter Media Group, Inc.  will provide VIVO related services such as strategic evaluation, project management, installation, search engine optimization and integration for institutions looking to join the VIVO network.

"As a Registered Service Provider for VIVO, Gunter Media Group, Inc. will help ensure that institutions can fully participate in making research and institutional resources available for search, discovery, and analysis,” explained Jonathan Markow, CSO of DuraSpace. “We heartily welcome them to the RSP Program!”

VIVO, an open source, semantic web application and growing global community, is aimed at integrating and sharing information about researchers and institutions to support collaboration and discovery. As an incubated DuraSpace project, VIVO institutions and DuraSpace members now have a greater opportunity to develop related technologies and services across broad academic and scientific communities.

“We are very pleased to a be Registered Service Provider to the VIVO community.  We are looking forward to bringing forth our expertise in building, launching and enhancing the expert networks within the VIVO community,” says Darrell W. Gunter, President & CEO of Gunter Media Group, Inc.

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.

About Gunter Media Group

Gunter Media Group Inc. (GMG, is an executive management consulting company with expertise in business, technical and staff development positioning our clients to achieve maximum growth. GMG specializes in “Big Data” projects utilizing semantic technology, discovery and data visualization. Our methodology focuses on the motto, “The client’s project is delivered on time and on budget”!   We have over 30 years experience in working with the top academic, government and corporate intuitions such as California Digital Library,  University of Toronto, Pfizer, National Institutes of Health, Los Alamos National Labs and Merrill Lynch.  We also have sold and launched many innovative industry leading products;  Dow Jones News Retrieval (Factiva), Elsevier’s ScienceDirect and Scopus, the Collexis Expert Profiles, Reviewer Finder and 

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.


The 6th ANNUAL VIVO CONFERENCE is fast approaching!

Below you will find a few details that should help you with your travels to the conference, what to do when you arrive, and ways to make the most of your time with us next week in Cambridge! Conference Dates: August 12 – 14, 2015

Join us for our planned Networking Events!

Wednesday, August 12
Welcome and Networking Reception5:00 PM – 6:00 PM 
Location: Empress Ballroom
Registration will be open outside of the Empress Ballroom during the reception.Thursday, August 13
Posters & Cocktails5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Charles View Ballroom

We’ve Gone Mobile!

The Guidebook App will bring everything you need to know about the conference schedule right to your phone! This convenient feature will ensure that you never miss an event. From your phone, you can easily look up when and where sessions and events are being held throughout the conference.

You can easily download Guidebook through the Apple App Store or Android Marketplace or visit Once you’ve downloaded the App, simply search for “VIVO”.

Tweet with Us!

We can’t wait to start our networking – but why wait until you arrive in Cambridge? Follow us on Twitter and tweet along with us by using our conference hashtag: #VIVO15. We’ll be sending important conference updates and information, and we encourage you to tell us what you’re looking forward to at the conference by tweeting. Follow us today!

Don't forget to also take advantage of our Birds of a Feather and Lightning Rounds

We have a limited number of rooms available for BoF sessions and Lighting Round talks. These informal discussions will focus on topics of interest decided upon by conference attendees. These sessions will be held in Thomas Paine, Haym Salomon and William Dawes on Thursday & Friday from 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM.

Current booked sessions include a European VIVO meet-up on Thursday and a 2016 VIVO Conference planning session on Friday.

You can sign up for the lightning round talks and reserve space for the BoF sessions at the conference registration desk. Presentations will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis – so don’t delay!

Calling All Sites!

We want to hear from you! We’re launching a brand-new featured session at the conference this year called “VIVO Around the World.” This session enables VIVO implementations and sites producing VIVO-compatible data to share their work. This will be a lightning session where we highlight projects and implementations from near and far. This session builds on the fun and success of the sharing sessions at the annual VIVO Implementation Fests.

Click Here for more details and to submit.

Still need to register? Onsite Registration:

Please stop by to collect your conference materials and name badge at the conference registration desk located in the Workshop Foyer outside of the Thomas Paine room on Wednesday and the President's Ballroom Foyer on Thursday and Friday. Visit us during the following hours:

  • Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Thursday: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Friday: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Internet Access:

Wireless internet is available throughout all meeting space, sleeping rooms, and hotel lobby area. Pre-conference workshops are also equipped with wireless internet for all participants on Wednesday, August 12.

Hotel Check in and Checkout:

Hotel Check in is 4:00 PM and Checkout is 12:00 PM. Guests are welcome to check out and store all luggage at the bell stand (located in the main lobby) until their sessions are over.

Hyatt Regency Cambridge 
575 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139
TEL: +1-617-492-1234
Hotel Website:

Transportation Information:

Click here for more information about transportation to and from the hotel.

Hotel Parking:

Parking at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge is $45 overnight for valet parking and $38 overnight for self parking.

Dress Attire:

The attire for the conference is business casual. While we’re expecting sunshine and warm weather in Cambridge, the meeting rooms are often cool so we suggest that you be prepared for air conditioned meeting rooms.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you! or +1-410-654-5525

....and we're off! #vivo15

The Sixth Annual VIVO Conference kicks off on Wednesday with a full day of workshops, followed by terrific plenary sessions and collaboration opportunities during the conference on Thursday and Friday. Read more about the conference at and don't forget to follow the conference on Twitter at #vivo15.

Key collaboration events include:

  • Welcome reception on Wednesday evening 5:00-6:00 PM in the Empress Ballroom
  • Networking Breakfasts in the Foyer on Thursday and Friday mornings from 7:30-8:30 AM
  • Poster Reception on Thursday evening 5:00-7:00 PM in the Charles View Ballroom (14th floor)
  • Birds of a Feather (BOF) Sessions over lunch on Thursday and Friday

Speaking of the BOFs, we have two sessions currently scheduled (below) and welcome additional sessions.  You can check the BOF schedule at the confernece registration desk. Remember the rooms are available on the first come-first served basis, so please see the Designing Events team at the conference registration desk if you'd like to schedule your own session!

  • Thursday: VIVOs in Europe
  • Friday: 2016 conference planning

Interested in attending? Stop by the registration desk at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge and we'll be happy to help you get registered.

    Calling all sites! VIVO Around the World

    We want to hear from you! We’re launching a brand-new featured session at the conference this year called “VIVO Around the World.” This session enables VIVO implementations and sites producing VIVO-compatible data to share their work.  This will be a lightning session where we highlight projects and implementations from near and far. This session builds on the fun and success of the sharing sessions at the annual VIVO Implementation Fests. 

    Click Here for more details and to submit.

    Register Before August 5th and Save

    It's your last chance to take advantage of the discounted registration rate. Register before August 5th and SAVE $100! With engaging industry experts, breakout sessions, and fun networking events, the Sixth Annual VIVO Conference is a must-attend event. Be sure to Register Today!

    Follow the Conversation

    Follow the conversation about the conference on Twitter at #vivo15

    Register Online Today: Early Bird Registration Ends June 19th

    ...Don't Delay!
 Registration is open and the lowest registration is only available through June 19th  The 2015 program includes content that will help you harness the full potential of research networking, discovery, and open research at-large. This year's presentations, panels, and invited speakers enable you to personalize your VIVO experience and learn about cutting-edge topics by the experts. 

    View the list of 2015 presentations and posters now! You will leave the conference with a greater understanding of VIVO and its capabilities, as well as the value of supporting open-research practices. 

    Don't forget to register for a Pre-Conference Workshop. Sign up to join us for Getting More from Your VIVO: Generating Reports and Functional Datasets for Analysis; Altmetrics 101 - Hands on Introduction to Altmetrics; Awesome Apps to Enhance Your VIVO; or any of the other informative Pre-Conference Workshops planned.

    VIVO Keynote announced: Dr. James Onken

    We are delighted to welcome Dr. James Onken, Senior Advisor to the NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, to deliver a keynote talk at the 2015 VIVO Conference.

    Dr. James Onken is leading a new NIH initiative to develop a semantic NIH Portfolio Analysis and Reporting Data Infrastructure (PARDI) that leverages community data and requirements, including those from the VIVO community.

    Dr. Onken is Senior Advisor to the NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research and Director of the Office of Data Analysis Tools and Systems within the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER). He has been conducting portfolio analyses and program evaluations at the NIH for over 26 years, holding positions at the National Institute of Mental Health and National Institute of General Medical Sciences before moving to OER. Early in his career, he held positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Decisions and Designs, Inc., and the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Dr. Onken holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from Northwestern University, and an MPH with a concentration in biostatistics from George Washington University.


    Follow the conversation on Twitter at #vivo15


    Registration is now open for the Sixth Annual VIVO Conference. The

    $375 Early Bird registration rate is only available through June 19th.

    • Early Bird: $375; Now through June 19th
    • Regular: $475; June 20th - July 17th
    • Late: $575; July 18th - August 5th
    • Onsite: $625



    If you have any questions, please contact us at  or at +1 410-654-5525.

    Telling VIVO Stories at Colorado University Boulder with Liz Tomich

    “Telling VIVO Stories” is a community-led initiative aimed at introducing project leaders and their ideas to one another while providing VIVO implementation details for the VIVO community and beyond. The following interview includes personal observations that may not represent the opinions and views of Colorado University Boulder or the VIVO Project.

    Julia Trimmer, Duke University, talked with the Liz Tomich at Colorado University Boulder to learn about their VIVO story.

    From research interests to international connections to ORCID IDs–the University of Colorado Boulder never stops improving their VIVO instance. Just look at their About page at Since they rolled out VIVO back in April 2011, they’ve been continually releasing features and data to their users, and they plan to keep going; new enhancements are listed publicly.

    To get CU-Boulder’s VIVO story, I asked Liz Tomich, Director of the Faculty Information System team, how she works with VIVO. Liz guides the development team and sets their priorities. “I represent the business perspective, the perspective of the faculty and the provost; I’m the intermediary between the software engineers and the faculty.” Liz also communicates with the faculty and explains what the team is doing with VIVO. Because the data in VIVO is public, Liz explains that it’s important to make sure that their data sources are good -- the data are complete and represent the faculty well.

    How did CU-Boulder decide to adopt VIVO? A few years ago, people at CU-Boulder started wondering if they could access the research interests in their existing faculty information system. Their communications group began working on a search tool to enable users to find the research interests data that Liz’s group maintained, but this development process became complicated. Meanwhile, Liz and Alex Viggio, who’s now a developer at Symplectic, had heard about VIVO and moved forward quickly. Alex and Liz found VIVO easy to implement, particularly with the faculty and research interests data that they already had. They liked that VIVO was an open source tool, and they saw its potential for sharing and linking to other data sets.

    The CU-Boulder team started small and has gradually added a lot of data and functionality to their VIVO instance, a successful strategy that’s been adopted at other institutions (see what they’ve done for yourself at

    “We’re a small team but are lucky to have people who are enthusiastic about linked data,” explains Liz, and they appreciate being part of a community that “wants to make things happen.” In and around the Boulder area, there are a lot of organizations that want to work together in a number of projects and directions. Liz describes their team’s mission as “serving the faculty member whether that person is on campus, working in a federal lab like NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) or in the field on the other side of the world” and sharing their VIVO data.

    For more background on the CU-Boulder VIVO, read their About page ( If you get a chance to meet the CU-Boulder team, including Liz, Don Elsborg, Nate Prewitt and Vance Howard, be sure to ask them about all the cool things they’re doing with VIVO; you’ll be inspired and you might learn something new.

    Thanks so much for participating in VIVO Stories! This story is an ad hoc VIVO community activity and anyone can participate by interviewing someone who’s working with VIVO and submitting a story. Go to for instructions, and send the finished copy to Julia Trimmer ( and Carol Minton-Morris (