Notes from the VIVO Implementation Fest 2015

A few weeks ago, our resident Open Profiles experts Alex Viggio and John Gieschenattended the VIVO Implementation Fest 2015, in Portland, Oregon. We asked Alex and John for a quick review of the summit, and what it heralds for the future of the VIVO project. Here’s what they had to say:


The 2015 IFest covered a lot of territory. From discussions of dos and dont’s of ontology extension, visualizing data, data ingest strategies, data integration and SPARQL 101, there was a recurring theme on the rich data and tools that VIVO provides to an institution’s researchers, administrators, and other key stakeholders. Installation opportunities using a variety of tools and partnerships were roundly discussed.

A mixed audience of VIVO stalwarts, innovators and new implementers made for lively meeting sessions that included insights from VIVO Project Director Dr. Mike Conlon. Alex demonstrated the latest release of our open source Elements harvester for VIVO, to an impressed audience. He also led a group discussion exploring the need for VIVO scaling and performance as VIVO sites grow and interlink to bring more high value data to the Semantic Web.

The IFest left participants inspired to continue realizing the potential of linked open data, and the benefits it can provide to a growing number of research communities. It ended with the raw materials of an evolving road map and community task force structure that aligns with the VIVO strategy and leadership. Keep August 12-14 open on your calendar for the VIVO annual conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts where the conversations will continue!


VIVO Conference

2015 call for papers is now open

Authors are now invited to submit abstracts for poster, panel, and paper presentations related to the Topics of Interest for the Sixth Annual VIVO Conference in August. For a copy of the full Call for Papers, please click here. All submissions must be submitted through EasyChair by Friday, April 24th 5:00 PM PST.

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