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Kristi Holmes. A bird’s-eye view of scholarship at the individual, institution-wide, and global levels.



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  • 2. Current challenges •  Research is increasingly more interdisciplinary •  How can you find collaborators, track competitors, and stay abreast of current research inside large institutions, at other institutions, and globally? •  How can you find others with shared interests or expertise? •  How can you build diverse teams? Find mentors? Be identified as a partner by community groups? Faculty •  Library administration or directors of core facilities want to align their strategic plan with the evolving research needs of their clientele. •  Identifying growth areas of research through increasing publications, focused areas of research and grant dollars enables this task to become more evidence-based. Support: facilities and personnel •  Research institutions can be extremely large and diverse •  How can administrators showcase and monitor research activity, track competitors, and stay abreast of current research inside large institutions, at other institutions, and globally? •  How can you enhance visibility and present a unified picture of an institution? Administrators
  • 3. Building a web of data Data Creators, Data Aggregators, & Data Consumers Repositories. Tools. Applications. Workflows
  • 4. Research Networking Information about scholars is optimized using a Web-based infrastructure of standards and technologies which allows for a distributable, machine readable description of data that allows for stronger data and smart web application linkages across many universities, agencies, societies around the world. Why is this important? Linked data infrastructure allows for •  Visualizations, research and clinical data integration, and deep semantic searching across multiple types and sources of data •  By breaking data out of traditional database silos, research networking platforms promote a network effect within a single site and across multiple sites –  The value of the network increases with the amount of linked data and applications that are available to consume the linked data.
  • 5. What is VIVO? 1.  Software: An open-source semantic-web-based researcher and research discovery tool 2.  Data: Institution-wide, publicly-visible information about research and researchers 3.  Standards: A standard ontology (VIVO data) that interconnects researchers, communities, and campuses using Linked Open Data 4.  Community: An open community with strong national and international participation
  • 6. Software
  • 7. The VIVO/Vitro Software •  Ingest tools – getting batch data in •  Ontology editing tools – change what is being described and represented •  Instance editing tools – Edit instances of any of the things represented in the ontology (people, publications, organizations, etc.) •  Template/display system – Display instances and sets in a useful way
  • 8. Software Release History •  0.9 – Jan 2010 – 1st multi-institutional development release •  1.0 – April 2010 – Feature complete release •  1.1 – July 2010 – Visualizations, ontology •  1.2 – Feb 2011 – Templating, storage model •  1.3 – July 2011 – Search, authorization •  1.4 – Dec 2011 – Proxy editing, external vocab. •  1.5 – July 2012 – Extensibility, OpenSocial
  • 9. Latest 1.6 Release – Dec. 2013 •  VIVO-ISF ontology •  Web service for the RDF API •  Multi-language support and repository •  HTTP caching headers •  Search indexing •  Landing page improvements •  Highlighted content •  Geographic research focus map •  Developer tools
  • 10. VIVO An open-source semantic web application that enables the discovery of research and scholarship across disciplines in an institution. VIVO harvests data from verified sources and offers detailed profiles of faculty and researchers. Public, structured linked data about investigators interests, activities and accomplishments, and tools to use that data to advance science. VIVO enjoys a robust open community space to support implementation, adoption, &development efforts around the world. See
  • 11. Data is available for reuse by web pages, applications, and other consumers both within and outside the institution. Data stored as RDF triples using standard ontology Internal data sources (I): • HR Directory • Office of Sponsored Research • Institutional Repositories • Registrar System • Faculty Activity Systems • Events and Seminars • Courses External data sources (I): •  Publication warehouses- e.g. PubMed, Scopus, and Web of Science. •  Funding databases: e.g. NSF/ NIH •  National Organization data: AAAS, AMA, etc. •  ORCID data exchange Faculty and unit administrators can add additional information to their profile. (M) A bit more about data in the RN systems…
  • 12. A VIVO profile allows you to: Showcase credentials, expertise, skills, and professional achievements for individuals and campus groups. Connect within focus areas and geographic expertise. Simplify reporting tasks and link data to external applications – e.g., to generate biosketches or CV or for reporting purposes. Publish the URL or link the profile to other applications. Discover potential colleagues or campus resources by work area, authorship, & collaborations. Display visualizations of expertise areas or complex collaboration networks and relationships.
  • 13.
  • 14. Customization
  • 15. Structured Data using a Standard Ontology
  • 16. Why is VIVO data important? •  It is the only standard way to exchange information about research and researchers across diverse institutions •  It provides authoritative data from institutional databases of record as Linked Open Data •  Structured VIVO data supports search, analysis and visualization across institutions and consortia •  The ontology is highly flexible and extensible to cover research resources, facilities, datasets, and more
  • 17. VIVO Normalizes Complex Inputs People Grants Data Google Scholar Center/ Dept/ Program websites Research Facilities & Services Courses Tech transfer Publications VP Research Univ. Communi cations HPC HR data Faculty Reporting Grad School Pubmed Cross Ref Researche arXiv other databases NIH RePorter Self- editing Other campuses
  • 18. Compatible with VIVO-ISF •  Harvard Profiles – Biomedical focus, with over 40 installations •  VIVO – University focus, all disciplines, at least 70 installations in progress •  Loki – Univ. of Iowa, home of CTSAsearch •  SciVal Experts with VIVO extension module, Elsevier is a VIVO Corporate Founding Sponsor
  • 19. VIVO search scenarios •  Multiple campuses of one university •  Regional connections •  e.g., Illinois ties with regional federal labs •  Consortia – 60 CTSAs, USDA plus land grant universities •  International •  13 Netherlands universities and the National Library •  German Universities •  AgriVIVO – UN FAO
  • 20. @mileswortho
  • 21. Community
  • 22. VIVO Community •  DuraSpace wiki •  Calls and listservs •  Ontology •  Development •  Implementation •  Outreach •  Tools and Apps •  Social Media •  Facebook •  LinkedIn •  Twitter •  Events •  Annual conference •  Implementation Fest •  Workshops •  Hackathons
  • 23. The VIVO Community is now over 100 institutions worldwide
  • 24. Getting Involved with VIVO •  VIVO implementation Fest March 19-20 •  VIVO Hackathon March 18 •  Regular working group calls •  Listservs •  Meetups at other events like CNI, Force 11 •  Advocacy for open standards and persistent identifiers •  Related DuraSpace and Hydra initiatives •  Annual VIVO conference
  • 25. VIVO working groups Working Group Lead Co-Lead Apps & Tools Chris Barnes, University of Florida Ted Lawless, Brown University Implementation Alex Viggio, Digital Science Paul Albert, Weill Cornell Medical College Engagement Kristi Holmes, Washington University in St. Louis Julia Trimmer, Duke University Ontology Melissa Haendel, Oregon Health & Science University Brian Lowe, Cornell Development Jon Corson-Rikert, Cornell Jim Blake, Cornell New: Catalog of tools & maintainers at Getting Involved with VIVO
  • 26. 5th Annual VIVO Conference August 6-8, 2014 Austin, TX
  • 27. Acknowledgements VIVO/DuraSpace: organization-incubator-initiative Questions/Follow-up: •  Twitter: @kristiholmes Colleagues at Cornell, Florida, WCMC for images and information Thank you! For More Information: @VIVOcollab