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Repository and CRIS Interoperability Workshop at OR2019

ორშ, 22/04/2019 - 22:11

Have you heard about the Repository/CRIS Workshop that will be held on Monday June 10 in Hamburg, Germany at Open Repositories 2019?  Join Michele Mennielli, Anna Clements and Pablo de Castro to:

• explore how to make repositories work with CRIS/research information management systems like VIVO
• address goals and drivers for integration
• hear use cases of successful CRIS/repository implementations that integrate a variety of open source and vended systems

Plans are underway to continue this discussion at the 2019 VIVO Conference in Podgorica, Montenegro Sept. 4-6, 2019.

You may be wondering, “What’s a CRIS, and why should it integrate with a repository?”

VIVO falls under a broad category of systems that aggregate research metadata, including research information management systems, research networking systems, research information systems, and current research information systems. Many faculty profile systems, expert finder systems and faculty activity systems also aggregate research information.

Around the world, repositories support and facilitate the research process, open access, compliance, and reporting, both within and outside institutions. Repositories may be implemented for different purposes, and they’re not always connected to a research information aggregator like VIVO, despite the resulting benefits to our global community.

Recognize a geographic theme? In Europe, CRIS systems have gained traction thanks in part to national mandates for open access and assessments of research. VIVO has a strong presence in Europe, as do DSpace and Fedora, and there are so many exciting developments in the European VIVO community. This year’s VIVO Conference is a great opportunity to get on board.

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SAVE THE DATE: 2019 DSpace North American Users Group Meeting

ოთხ, 17/04/2019 - 16:15

Please join us September 23 and 24, 2019 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis for the 2019 DSpace North American Users Group Meeting.

This meeting will provide opportunities to discuss ideas, best practices, use cases, and the future development of DSpace 7 with members of the DSpace community including repository developers, technology directors, and institutional repository managers. We anticipate a variety of discussions, presentations, lightning talks, and workshops as part of the program. We encourage members of the wider open repository community and those interested in learning more about the open source DSpace repository platform to participate.

The program committee will release a Call for Proposals in the next few weeks. More information about accommodations, registration, and schedule will be made available on the conference website.

The 2019 DSpace North American User Group Meeting is jointly sponsored by the University of Minnesota Libraries and the Texas Digital Library.

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VIVO Updates for April 14, 2019 — A DOI for VIVO software, VIVO Combine, RDA, CNI and Summit, ROR

ორშ, 15/04/2019 - 04:11

VIVO 1.10.0 has a DOI  VIVO has a DOI! It is 10.5281/zenodo.2639713 This is a Zenodo archive DOI for release 1.10.0. This DOI is required to complete the Journal of Open Source Software paper which has submitted last fall. The paper’s favorable review has been completed and we expect publication shortly. You will also note that the VIVO repository README has been updated to include a Zenodo archive DOI badge. See https://github.com/vivo-project/VIVO A new wiki page has been created to document that the project now has a Zenodo community collection. The wiki page is here:  Zenodo Community Collection.  The Zenodo Community Collection is here:  https://zenodo.org/communities/vivo/ I’m currently the curator of the archive record at Zenodo. I’d love to have some community members join me as named archivists able to add things to the archive, mint new DOI as appropriate and execute the projects archive policy (to be written by project governance).

VIVO Combine Item 3 in the Product Direction for 2019 is “VIVO Combine” – a new piece of software for collecting metadata for scholarship, providing disambiguation of works and people, and curation by authors and curators.  We hope to form a Combine interest group soon and look forward to your ideas about it.  Several VIVO sites have sophisticated metadata collection and curation processes and are considering the approach to producing open source software for use in the scholarly ecosystem.  Look for an announcement soon.

RDA  I had a good visit to the 13th plenary Research Data Alliance meeting in Philadelphia.  FAIR data was all the rage, with many interest and working groups considering how best to make research data FAIR.  VIVO has a straightforward approach based on ontology, RDF, and TPF.  That is, VIVO can be deployed in a manner that provides FAIR data.  I am using this approach as part of an NIH grant to make metabolomic data more FAIR.  I am also contributing to a working group on representing specimens of various, which has recommended the VIVO ontology as an approach to FAIR specimen data.  I continue to work with the Data Foundations and Terminology group, as well as an emerging interest group on research graphs.  RDA participants understand that VIVO produces an institutional research graph based on its triple store and ontology.  The emergence of research graphs is a hot topic at RDA.  The next plenary will be held in October in Helsinki.  We hope to continue all these efforts there.

CNI and Summit  Last week I had a chance to see many members of the VIVO community at the Coalition for Networked Information meetings in St. Louis, followed by the Duraspace Summit.  The VIVO project had two breakouts – one focused on current technical initiatives, including the transition from the product evolution effort to the new VIVO Scholar Task Forceeffort, work beginning on a second version of the VIVO ontology (more about that here soon),  the VIVO Combine effort, and the recent work on VIVO 1.11, including additional decoupling and improvements in internationalization.  A second breakout considered the needs of the VIVO project in the context of the merger of Duraspace and LYRASIS.  Laurie Arp from LYRASIS participated in the breakout as an observer.  The VIVO Leadership Group is considering how best to create a strong future for the project.  Your thoughts about the merger and how VIVO might prosper in a new organization are very welcome.  Please share with any member of the leadership group, myself included.

ROR At both RDA and the CNI Meeting, presentations were made regarding ROR – the Research Organization Registry. See  http://ror.org ROR is an effort of the California Digital Library, CrossRef, Digital Science, and others to build on the work of the Digital Science GRID project.  GRID is a CC0 dataset of information regarding the research organizations of the world.  ROR uses the GRID data to provide identifiers, URI, a curation process and an open API for research organization data.  The goal is to create standard pick lists for publishers, repositories, and metadata integrates such as VIVO so that affiliation information is standardized across the ecosystem.  Expect to hear more about ROR – its policies, sustainability and its use in the VIVO ontology to provide common organizational assertions across VIVO implementations.

Reminders  See the VIVO Event Calendar for all VIVO meetings.  Register for the VIVO Conference.  Submit your work for presentation at the conference!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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AVAILABLE: The 2018 DuraSpace Annual Report

პარ, 05/04/2019 - 18:03

The 2018 DuraSpace Annual Report is now available with an overview of accomplishments, finances, and global membership. Download the Annual Report here.

With your support our organization took significant steps forward in 2018.

DuraSpace and the communities it serves are alive with ideas and innovation. Our team strives to meet the needs of the ever-expanding scholarly ecosystem that connects us all. Our international community of practitioners, strategic partners, and service providers continued to contribute to the growth, advances and adoption rate of DSpace, Fedora and VIVO in 2018. In addition, DuraSpace hosted services growth is lowering the barrier of entry for organizations who want to deploy open source technologies with the assistance of a not-for-profit. We are grateful for our community’s financial support, and for their engagement in the enterprise we share as we work together to provide enduring access to the world’s digital heritage.

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AVAILABLE: The 2018 Fedora Annual Report

ხუთ, 04/04/2019 - 17:29

The 2018 Fedora Annual Report is now available with an overview of accomplishments, achievements, members, progress, and events. Download the Annual Report here.

2018 was a year of accomplishments as the Fedora community delivered on key technical goals while expanding international membership and working together to design and execute a strategic plan.

The technical roadmap for 2018 included two primary goals: finalize the Fedora API specification and release Fedora 5.0, which represents the alignment of the software application with the API specification. Thanks to the support of the Fedora community, we were able to accomplish both of these goals by the end of the year.

We achieved tremendous international membership growth in 2018, with seven new DuraSpace members in support of Fedora from outside the United States. These new international memberships are the result of strategic outreach and engagement efforts, including support for international Fedora user group meetings, workshops and training camps, and representation for Fedora at international conferences and events.

While we accomplished great things in 2018, there is still plenty of work to do in 2019 and beyond. According to Robin Ruggaber, incoming Chair of the Fedora Leadership Group, “In 2019, the LG will focus initially on completion of a comprehensive roadmap which will support the completion of the Fedora API framework and tested implementations but will also chart the course for other aspects of the community of vital importance to the product. This work is essential to achieving objectives in communication, marketing, fundraising, and community expansion.”

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Introducing the International DuraSpace and Google Scholar Webinar Series

სამ, 02/04/2019 - 16:44

DuraSpace and Google Scholar are launching a series of webinars to address one of the most pressing issues in the DSpace community: how to configure a DSpace repository to be correctly  indexed by Google Scholar.

Inclusion in Scholar is extremely valuable for both researchers and institutions because it creates global visibility for scientific work and research publications.

The webinars will be delivered at a country level, in order to ensure that the correct local issues are addressed and fixed. To organize the webinars, DuraSpace is working with several different national DSpace User Groups. The user groups are helping with the translation of content and coordination of related activities.

After an overview of how the Google Scholar indexing system works, Monica Westin, Google Scholar, will discuss common indexing problems faced by repositories and provide guidance on how to fix them. She will also demonstrate how to check for Scholar coverage of your repository. Recordings of the webinars and accompanying  documentation will be publicly available on the DuraSpace wiki pages dedicated to the different regional user groups.

Many countries have already expressed interest in the webinar series. We hope others will join us. The first webinar will be for the Brazilian community on April 22, 2019, followed by a webinar for the Peruvian community on April 26, 2019.

To register please use the following links:

Brazilian webinar

Peruvian webinar

If you are interested in the webinar and you think it would be a valuable initiative in your country, please contact Michele Mennielli (mmennielli@duraspace.org).

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Fedora at University of Texas at Austin

ორშ, 01/04/2019 - 23:03

Dustin Slater, Assistant Director of Information Technology for UT Libraries at The University of Texas at Austin, leads IT teams to maximize the utility and effectiveness of digital resources across the university. He and his team have collaborated with librarians and archivists to develop a Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) based on Islandora/Fedora. UTL’s DAMS is a much-anticipated centralized and sustainable system that supports the rich description, efficient management, and public sharing of UTL’s extensive digital collections.  

In addition, the team is currently working on a Mellon grant to enhance and extend the functionality of the Latin American Digital Initiatives (LADI) project. LADI is a collaboration with Latin American partner institutions that digitally preserves and provides access to unique archival documents from Latin America. The project is being implemented in Islandora 8, formerly CLAW, which will be the first Fedora 5.0 implementation at UTL. As part of these efforts, the UT Austin team collaborated with Islandora developer Danny Lamb to develop paged content functionality that is intended to be part of the public Islandora 8 release later in 2019.

The South Central States has an active Fedora User Group. The most recent meeting of the SCSFUG (South Central Southwest Fedora User Group) was held in January at UT Austin. The agenda and archived presentations can be found in the Duraspace Wiki.

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VIVO Updates for March 31, 2019 — VIVO at CNI, Jim Blake retires, VIVO at Duraspace Summit, Architectural presentation, VIVO at EuroCRIS

ორშ, 01/04/2019 - 01:29

VIVO Presentations at CNI  The Coalition for Networked Information (http://wwww.cni.org) is having its spring member meeting in St. Louis Missouri, April 9-10.  There are two VIVO “project briefings” on the agenda.  We hope you are able to attend these briefings:

Scholarly Output Projects
Martin R. Kalfatovic, Smithsonian Institution
Paul Albert, Weill Cornell Medicine
Terrie Wheeler, Weill Cornell Medicine

Research Intelligence, Repurposed Data, and Reputation: The Evolution of VIVO Implementations at Duke and Texas A&M Universities
Bruce E. Herbert, Texas A&M University
Julia K. Trimmer, Duke University

Jim Blake retirement Jim Blake  of Cornell University in Ithaca New York retired this past week.  Jim started with the VIVO Project in 2010 during the NIH grant era.  Jim served as the technical lead for the VIVO project from 2013-2016.  Jim was always one of the most knowledgable, thoughtful, and productive contributors in the VIVO community.  We wish Jim the very best for his retirement.  Bravo Jim!

VIVO Breakouts at the Duraspace Summit  At the Duraspace Summit coming up April 10 in St. Louis, Missouri, VIVO will have two break out sessions.  If you are attending the summit, please plan to attend these sessions.  The sessions are:

  1. Status of 2019 product direction efforts
  2. VIVO Project and Lyrasis: opportunities and objectives

We hope to see you there.  All members are invited.  Not a member?  See Become a Member.  Are you a member and you did not get an invitation?  Please contact Kristi Searle at Duraspace.

We hope to have dial-in capability for these sessions.  Details will be posted to the VIVO email lists.  We hope you can join!

Architectural presentation  In January, VIVO hosted an “architectural fly-in” bringing people together to think through future initiatives and the software architectures that might be required to support them.  Huda Khanof Cornell summarized the discussions in a presentation available here .  There are several major initiatives going on that require active coordination.  Andrew Woods facilitates the Development Interest Group that meets every Tuesday.  This group works to make sure things fit together now and in  the future.  All developers are welcome!

VIVO presentation at EuroCRIS  Anna Guillaumet of SIGMA, a Duraspace member supporting the VIVO Project, will be presenting at the upcoming EuroCRIS meetings in Helsinki, Finland.  Anna is a member of the VIVO Project Leadership Group and will be presenting on their experience with VIVO in support of multiple universities in Spain.

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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VIVO Updates for March 24, 2019 – Proposals for the VIVO Conference, Calls the for week, an ontology of card sleights, US Semantic Technologies Symposium, Welcome UQAM, upcoming travel

ორშ, 25/03/2019 - 01:32

Proposals for the VIVO Conference  A reminder that the VIVO Conference is looking for workshop proposals, poster proposals, proposals for presentations and panels, you know, the same kinds of proposals we have had in the past.  The conference is in Montenegro, but it will be a VIVO Conference.  The conference organizers want to hear from you.  If you have taken a look at the call for proposals (http://vivoconference.org/talk-proposals/) and Open Review, it looks a bit formal, and word “paper” is used.  The conference is not looking for papers – of course, if you’ve written one, we’d love to have you submit it to the conference.  The conference is looking for your presentation, panel, poster, or workshop proposal.  In your abstract, please indicate what format you would prefer.  And if you’d like to suggest a new format for your proposal, that’s great!  We are always open to trying new things.  We look forward to receiving your proposal!

Calls for the week  The VIVO Calendar is available here:  http://bit.ly/vivo-calendar

Ontology of Card Sleights  Seriously?  Yes.  Using the Basic Formal Ontology, and the Information Artifacts Ontology, both ontologies used by the VIVO ontology, a computer scientist has created an ontology for representing all published card tricks.  The paper gives a great overview of ontological thinking and purpose, as well as the benefits of ontological representation. Article is here:  https://arxiv.org/abs/1903.08523  Ontology is here:  http://purl.org/net/ontologyofcardsleights

Semantics  Juan Sequeda writes a great trip report.  His report on the recent US Semantic Technologies Symposium recounts efforts to define “knowledge graph”.  VIVO creates a semantic knowledge graph of the work of the institution.  See http://www.juansequeda.com/blog/2019/03/22/2nd-u-s-semantic-technologies-symposium-2019-trip-report/

Welcome UQAM Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) has been a strong supporter of the VIVO project as a member of Duraspace, and participating in development through the developers group, particularly in the area of internationalization. Their VIVO site is now in available publicly and registered in the VIVO Site Registry.  See  https://expertises.uqam.ca/

Duraspace Summit, RDA, CNI, NIH  I’ve got some travel coming up, and hope to see many of you at one or more of these destinations:

  • Research Data Alliance (RDA), April 2-4, Philadelphia, PA.  RDA is a big meeting, held every six months, to advance the practices of representing and sharing research data.  As one might imagine, the FAIR data principles are all the rage, and much is being done to improve research processes with the respect to production and sharing of data.  Persistent identifiers, data foundation terminology, legal issues in sharing, and many other topics for discussion.  The fall meeting will be held in Helsinki, Finland.
  • NIH Metabolomics Consortium Investigator Meeting, April 5-6, San Diego, California.  As some may know, I have returned to the faculty of the University of Florida on a part-time appointment (20% effort) to serve as co-principal investigator for the Metabolomics Consortium Coordinating Center (M3C).  M3C coordinates the efforts of 13 other awardees working in compound identification and the development of software for metabolomics work.  So I remain very connected to the world of research.
  • Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), April 8-9, St. Louis, Missouri.  CNI is a great meeting – great people, interesting topics, simple format of project updates, invited keynotes.  CNI meets in the spring and the fall.  The fall meeting is in Washington DC each year.  At the meeting in April, Julia Trimmer of Duke University and David Carlson of Texas A&M University will present a project update on VIVO.
  • Duraspace Summit, April 10, St. Louis, Missouri.  The Summit is a one-day meeting for Duraspace members.  Presentations and meetings relate to the role of Duraspace in the scholarly ecosystem, and the relationship of Duraspace and the projects it supports, such as VIVO.  This year, this is likely to be discussion of the coming merger of Duraspace and LYRASIS and the impact on the projects of Duraspace as a division of LYRASIS.  I hope to see you there.  If you are not a member, it’s easy to become one.  See http://bit.ly/duraspace-join Unsure what you get as a member?  Member benefits are here:  VIVO Membership Benefits

Please be patient with responses during this travel period April 1 to April 11.  Thanks!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

 

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DuraSpace-euroCRIS Joint Pre-conference Workshop at OR2019

ოთხ, 20/03/2019 - 20:39

DuraSpace and euroCRIS will co-host a one-day workshop to focus on interoperability and integrations between repositories and CRIS platforms during the Open Repository 2019 Conference in Hamburg, Germany – on Monday, June 10th, 2019.

In February 2017 DuraSpace and euroCRIS signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the intent of working with the respective communities in order to share ideas and best practices on how repositories interoperate with CRIS platforms and to identify together the right technologies and standards to make this interoperability smoother and stronger. Both organizations promote a scholarly and research ecosystem much more integrated than it is today and CRIS systems and repositories are two important components of such an ecosystem.

One year ago, during the euroCRIS’ CRIS2018 Conference euroCRIS and DuraSpace jointly organized a pre-conference event to explore relations between DSpace and CRIS systems. This year we are extending the conversation to all other repositories and software systems that are part of the DuraSpace community and beyond.

The workshop is organized in two different sessions: in the morning the focus will be on the technical challenges posed by the need to make repositories and CRIS systems interoperable or, in some cases, fully integrated. Several case studies on technical information exchange workflows will be presented from a platform-agnostic perspective, and a discussion will be held afterwards among the presenters, the workshop organisers and the event attendees. This session will be of particular interest for developers and research information management practitioners; in the afternoon we will explore the multiple applications of repository/CRIS platforms in areas like metadata management for publications and data, the provision of funding information across platforms or the introduction of a growing range of persistent identifiers. Same as for the first part, the session will include a number of case studies and will be followed by a discussion and a Q&A. This session will mainly be addressed at repository managers.

All participants will have a chance to get together and share their experience and use cases to the benefit of the whole community.

We encourage members of the repository and research information management communities to send their proposals submitting an abstract using this form: https://forms.gle/5MZW6xDAQC6Tw1VU8

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Webinar: Google Scholar and DSpace-CRIS, March 27, 15:00 UTC

ორშ, 18/03/2019 - 22:07

Google Scholar and 4Science are happy to invite you to a webinar on how to make your CRIS repository compliant with Google Scholar, particularly dedicated to DSpace-CRIS and related technologies (e.g. IRIS). The webinar will cover general indexing for DSpace repositories, with a focus on a few key areas for DSpace-CRIS instances, such as author metadata.

The webinar will be held by Monica Westin from Google Scholar, USA, with the participation of Susanna Mornati and Andrea Bollini from 4Science, Italy. Details to register and login at the bottom.

The contents will cover:

– An overview of how Google Scholar indexes repositories
– Fixes for common DSpace repository indexing problems
– Avoiding common pitfalls for repository-CRIS hybrids
– How to do a Google Scholar coverage check for your repository
– Google Scholar guidelines and resources for repositories
– Q&A with Monica, Susanna and Andrea

Date and Time: March 27, 2019 at 15 UTC (16:00 Central European Standard Time)

Registration link (slides sent after the webinar to those who register): https://forms.gle/KywYEkevmS5E8i1z6

Link for joining the webinar: meet.google.com/jkp-nvzx-ovi

List of local numbers for those joining audio by phone: https://meet.google.com/tel/jkp-nvzx-ovi?pin=8159095094429&hs=1

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VIVO Updates for March 17, 2019 — Sprint! Presenting at the VIVO Conference, LYRASIS and Duraspace vote to merge, and more

ორშ, 18/03/2019 - 01:46

Sprint! VIVO is holding its first sprint of 2019, and first since the architectural fly-in and the statement of direction.  The spring will focus on de-coupling activities aligned with item #2 on the statement of direction.  We hope you have been attending developer’s meetings (see below) and are prepared to participate in the sprint.  If not, no worries, there is a sprint organizing meeting Monday, March 18, at 11 AM US Eastern Daylight Savings Time (note that the US advances its clocks for daylight savings time a bit before the EU and other parts of the world.  Please check time zones for local time).

Presenting at the VIVO Conference Do you have work that would be interesting for other members of the VIVO community to hear about?  One means for sharing your work is a presentation at the VIVO conference.  Are you a first time presenter?  Presenting at the conference is possible for everyone.  The VIVO Conference welcomes first time presenters.  Please take a look at the call for proposals.  You will need to write a short description of the work you did and why it might be interesting for others.  Please consider presenting your work.  You can find the call for proposals here:  http://vivoconference.org/talk-proposals/  You will need to sign up for Open Review (it’s easy) and have the ORCiD identifiers for yourself and your co-authors, if any.  Don’t have an ORCiD?  It’s easy to get one.  Visit http://orcid.org Proposals are due April 14th.  We hope you plan to share your work via a presentation at the VIVO Conference.

LYRASIS and Duraspace boards vote to merge The LYRASIS and Duraspace boards have voted to merge their non-profit organizations.  You can find a press release here:  http://bit.ly/2F92eI1

I have served on the board of Duraspace since 2013 and participated in the recent intent to merge and the vote to merge.  As in any big change, there are always concerns and opportunities.  To vote yes to merge, there had to be evidence that the opportunities afforded by the merger were worth pursuing.  I have been asked to share my thoughts bout the merger and my vote.  Please see Why I Voted Yes.

Welcome a new VIVO site!  Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosi in San Luis Potosi Mexico has a new VIVO site.   From Wikipedia:

The Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí (in SpanishUniversidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, UASLP) is a public university in Mexico. It is the largest, oldest, and most comprehensive university in the state of San Luis Potosí, as well as one of the most important ones in Mexico. Among other historic milestones, in 1923, UASLP was the first university in Mexico to have autonomy constitutionally granted

You can see their VIVO here: http://orbis.uaslp.mx/vivo/ They have done a beautiful job representing nearly 7,000 faculty and staff.

Bienvenido Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosi!

Books for VIVO One of the classics in the open source literature is The Cathedral and the Bazaar.  I recall how it changed my thinking about open source.  Highly recommended for all those involved with open source.  You can read more about the book and its influence here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cathedral_and_the_Bazaar  The author’s website is here:  http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/

Raymond, Eric S. (1999). The Cathedral and the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary. O’Reilly Media. ISBN 1-56592-724-9.

Calls this week All times are US Eastern Daylight Savings Time.  Follow the meeting links for connection/call-in details.  All meetings use Zoom, a free download available here: http://zoom.us/download Meeting reminders and agendas are typically posted to VIVO Slack.  Join VIVO Slack here:  http://bit.ly/vivo-slack

The VIVO Google Calendar is available here: bit.ly/vivo-calendar  You can add it to your calendars so you are always up to date on upcoming meetings and events!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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LYRASIS and DuraSpace Announce Merger: Expanding the Capacity of the Global Scholarly and Scientific Research Ecosystem

ოთხ, 13/03/2019 - 16:38

Atlanta, GA – March 13, 2019 – LYRASIS and DuraSpace are pleased to announce that by July 1, 2019, they will officially merge to create one dynamic organization empowered to help drive scalable change, new technologies and vital services.

This merger will create a new model for collaboration, innovation and development in the landscape of academic, research, and public libraries, galleries, archives, and museums. The merged organization will leverage its expertise, reach, and capacity to create and build new programs, services and technologies that enable durable, persistent access to data and services. The LYRASIS and DuraSpace communities will continue to benefit from the existing programs and services that they receive from each organization.

The newly merged organization will be an on-ramp to a worldwide collaborative community of more than 4,000 institutions and nine open source, community-supported technology programs across six continents. In addition, it will build capacity in the scholarly ecosystem through open technologies, services, funding opportunities, expertise, training, and support.

Both organizations bring world class experts and a common vision for the future of knowledge as it is used across their overlapping memberships. They share a common drive to provide end-to-end solutions that reflect the governance, fair pricing, technical road map, and community expectations of their memberships.

Erin Tripp, DuraSpace’s Executive Director explains, “We found that our two organizations were working more and more toward similar goals such as stewarding community-supported and open source initiatives in the scholarly ecosystem. We each observed a growing need for innovation, research and development, and thought leadership. I feel strongly that by working together, we can have a greater impact on our communities.”

Robert Miller, CEO of LYRASIS, says of the merger, “Over the past three years we have tested and launched a thought leadership and program development initiative that combines collective risk mitigation and community engagement with milestone-based funding. The rapid adoption of this by 10% of our membership has confirmed to us that this technology platform and service focus is more critical now than ever before. Leveraging DuraSpace’s global institution base with our strategic end-to-end solution focus will be a substantial win for our members.”

LYRASIS and DuraSpace have traditionally delivered high-quality content and cultural heritage solutions to their diverse memberships and will continue to do so. All services, programs, purchases and subscriptions through LYRASIS and DuraSpace will continue without interruption. No action needs to be taken at this time by any members to ensure continuity of service.

This merger strengthens each organization’s core competencies and offers new opportunities for expansion. LYRASIS will be the public name of the merged organization and led by Robert Miller. Within LYRASIS, a newly-created DuraSpace Community Supported Programs division led by Erin Tripp will be the future home of all existing DuraSpace Open Source Software projects and all LYRASIS community supported programs including ArchivesSpace and CollectionSpace, as well as DSpace, Fedora, and VIVO.

About LYRASIS

LYRASIS, a not-for-profit membership organization of more than 1000 libraries, museums, and archives supports enduring access to our shared academic, scientific and cultural heritage through leadership in open technologies, content services, digital solutions and collaboration with archives, libraries, museums and knowledge communities worldwide.

About DuraSpace 

DuraSpace is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 2009 providing leadership and innovation for open technologies that promote durable, persistent access to digital data. We collaborate with academic, scientific, cultural, technology, and research communities by supporting projects and advancing services to help ensure that current and future generations have access to our collective digital heritage.

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VIVO Updates for March 10, 2019 — Make conference plans, FAIR Funders pilot, Membership Benefits

ორშ, 11/03/2019 - 01:07

Make plans to attend the VIVO Conference  The 10th annual VIVO conference will be held outside the United States for the first time this year.  For some, this means getting special permissions, having a passport, and making additional budget commitments.  We understand that these things can take time.  So please start early.  If you are planning to attend, please have the necessary conversations as soon as you can.  A flight across the United States can cost more than $600, depending on time and distance.  A flight to the conference will cost considerably more.  Hotel and food prices in Montenegro are quite reasonable.  The total cost of your trip should be considered.

We also understand that some can not travel unless they have an accepted presentation.  The call for proposals is open.  Please submit your proposal at the conference web site http://vivoconference.org

We hope you are able to join us in Podgorica, Montenegro September 4-6, 2019!

FAIR funders pilot  At the Metadata for Machines workshop in Leiden last fall, the group discussed how we might have a pilot to demonstrate the value of FAIR metadata on the proposal funding process.  VIVO is involved, and a description of the pilot has been published as a pre-print at arxiv.org  See:

P. WittenburgH. Pergl SustkovaA. MontesantiS. M. BloemersS. H. de WaardM. A. MusenJ. B. GraybealK. M. HettneA. JacobsenR. PerglR. W. W. HooftC. StaigerC. W. G. van GelderS. L. KnijnenburgA.C. van ArkelB. MeermanM. D. WilkinsonS-A SansoneP. Rocca-SerraP. McQuiltonA. N. Gonzalez-BeltranG. J. C. AbenP. HenningS. AlencarC. RibeiroC. R. L. SilvaL. SayaoL. SalesV. VeigaJ. LimaS. DibP. XavierR. MurtinhoJ. TendelB. F. SchaapP. M. BrouwerA. K. GavaiY. BouzembrakH. J. P. MarvinA. MonsT. KuhnA. A. GambardellaR. de Miranda AzevedoV. MuhonenM. van der NaaldN. W. SmitM. J. BuysT. F. de BruinF. SchootsH. J. E. GoodsonH. S. RzepaK. G. JefferyH. P. ShanahanM. AxtonV. TkachenkoA. D. MayaN. K. MeyersM. ConlonL. L. HaakE. A. Schultes  The FAIR Funder pilot programme to make it easy for funders to require and for grantees to produce FAIR Data. Pre-print. March 6, 2019. https://arxiv.org/abs/1902.11162

Membership benefits

More than two dozen organizations support the VIVO Project financially through membership in Duraspace.  The 2019 Membership Task Force has produced a very nice summary of the benefits of membership (aside from insuring the future success of the project, of course).  Member benefits are described here: VIVO Membership Benefits

Becoming a member is an organizational commitment to support open scholarship, open source, and the VIVO Project.  We hope you will consider becoming a member.  You may wish to review those who are financially supporting the project here:  https://duraspace.org/vivo/community/members/  You may want to reach out to individuals at these institutions to discuss membership and how these institutions made the choice to support open scholarship.  All are welcome to membership in the project!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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Early Bird Discount Available for Fedora Camp Atlanta

ოთხ, 06/03/2019 - 20:19

Fedora Camp is coming to Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia May 20 – 22, 2019!  Register by March 29, 2019 to receive an early bird discount.  Registration for DuraSpace Members and Service Providers is offered at a discounted rate.

Fedora Camp offers everyone a chance to dive in and learn all about Fedora. Training will begin with the basics and build toward more advanced concepts–no prior Fedora experience is required. Participants can expect to come away with a deep dive Fedora learning experience coupled with multiple opportunities for applying hands-on techniques working with experienced trainers and Fedora gurus. The curriculum will be delivered by a knowledgeable team of instructors from the Fedora community including, David Wilcox, Fedora Product Manager and Andrew Woods, Fedora Technical Lead, Danny Bernstein, DuraSpace Technical Lead and Developer and Jared Whiklo, Web Developer from the University of Manitoba.

Previous Fedora Camps include the inaugural camp held at Duke University, the West Coast camp at CalTech, NYC camp at Columbia U, Texas camp at UT Austin, and NASA Camp at Goddard Space Flight Center.  The camp curriculum will provide a comprehensive overview of Fedora by exploring such topics as:

  • Core & Integrated features
  • Data modeling and linked data
  • Samvera and Islandora
  • Migrating to Fedora
  • Deploying Fedora in production
  • Preservation Services

View a sample agenda.

Register today and join us in Atlanta!

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Recording Available: “DSpace Docker for Repository Managers: Running Any Version of DSpace from your Desktop” webinar

ოთხ, 06/03/2019 - 18:38

On March 5, 2019 Terry Brady, Georgetown University Library and Pascal Becker, The Library Code, presented, “DSpace Docker for Repository Managers: Running Any Version of DSpace from your Desktop.

In 2018, the DSpace development team packaged DSpace to be run with Docker. This made it possible to start any version of DSpace from your desktop with a simple command line call.  The use of Docker has created a more flexible development environment for DSpace contributors. Docker also offers great potential for repository managers which was the focus of this webinar.

The webinar recording and presentation slides are now available at https://duraspace.org/webinar/. Additional DSpace Docker Resources are available at https://dspace-labs.github.io/DSpace-Docker-Images/. A special thank you to Pascal Becker, The Library Code and Terry Brady, Georgetown University Library for sharing this webinar with the DSpace community!

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Heather Greer Klein is the DSpace Product Manager

ოთხ, 06/03/2019 - 17:45

DuraSpace is pleased to announce that Heather Greer Klein has taken on temporary, part-time responsibilities as the DSpace 7 Product Manager. In this role, Heather will work closely with the DSpace Technical Lead, DSpace Governance, and DSpace 7 working groups to manage the Preview and Beta releases of DSpace 7.

Ms. Greer Klein will also continue as the Services Coordinator on the DuraSpace hosted services team, the role she has held since 2016. Heather manages DuraSpace hosted services (DuraCloud,DSpaceDirect, ArchivesDirect) including customer service, product pricing, new account set up, onboarding, and training.

Heather came to DuraSpace with six years of experience as the Member Services Coordinator at NC LIVE, a consortium of North Carolina institutions providing digital content and services to support 200 member libraries and their communities. In that role she developed community and project management skills by working closely with member libraries and other stakeholders to develop a responsive and innovative member services program.

DuraSpace extends a warm welcome to Heather in her new role as the DSpace Product Manager.

 

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VIVO Updates for March 3, 2019 — VIVO Annual Report, Product Evolution update, CTSA Ontology workshop, National Forum on Expert Finder Systems, Calls This Week

ორშ, 04/03/2019 - 02:51

VIVO Annual Report This year, for the first time, the VIVO Project has produced a professional annual report.  Thanks the community for a fabulous year.  And to Julia TrimmerVioleta Ilik, for putting it together, and toAnna Guillaumet and SIGMA for a beautiful graphic design.  The report is a two page PDF with covers that can be printed for distribution or emailed to those with an interest in VIVO.  You can find the report here:  bit.ly/vivo-annual-report-2018  Please share!

Update from Product Evolution. The Product Evolution Task Force has an update on its activities.  You can find the update here: Product Evolution Update March 1, 2019  The group meets each week.  See details below.

CTSA Ontology Workshop I had the great pleasure to attend the annual Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) ontology workshop.  Hosted by Dr. Bill Hogan of the University of Florida, featuring Dr. Barry Smith, University of Buffalo, creator of the Basic Formal Ontology, Dr. Chris Stoeckert of the University of Pennsylvania, Janna Hastings Babraham Institute, Cambridge, UK, and many other prominent ontologists, the workshop offered an opportunity to share current work in the development of ontologies for precision medicine and other areas of interest.  The OBO Foundry is central to the work of these ontologists, providing a set of design principles and best development practices for ontology.  OBO is planning an “OBO Core” consisting of terms commonly used in OBO ontologies to avoid duplication and standardize representation. Notes and presentations from the workshop are available here:  http://ncorwiki.buffalo.edu/index.php/Ontology_for_Precision_Medicine:_From_Genomes_to_Public_Health#Organizers

National Forum on Expert Finder Systems  This past week, several VIVO community members attended the inaugural National Forum on Expert Finder Systems.  Keynotes by Robert McDonald of the University of Colorado, Boulder and Noshir Contractor of Northwestern University both referenced VIVO for its semantics, linked open data, and leadership in the field. Julia TrimmerAlex Viggiohannah sommersMike ConlonEric MeeksSimon Porter, and Ann Beynon all attended.  The conference was small (70 attendees), but included a broad range of those interested in systems such as VIVO, along with industry, commercial and government people using such systems to make connections between industry and academia.  The conferenced was organized by Florida ExpertNet.  Elsevier was a platinum sponsor.  Mike’s presentation is available here: http://bit.ly/2Ez1HPs

Calls this week Another busy week in VIVO Land.  All times are US Eastern.  Follow the meeting links for connection/call-in details.  All meetings use Zoom, a free download available here: http://zoom.us/download Meeting reminders and agendas are typically posted to VIVO Slack.  Join VIVO Slack here:  http://bit.ly/vivo-slack

The VIVO Google Calendar is available here: bit.ly/vivo-calendar  You can add it to your calendars so you are always up to date on upcoming meetings and events!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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Register Today: “DSpace Docker for Repository Managers: Running Any Version of DSpace from your Desktop” Webinar

ხუთ, 28/02/2019 - 20:24

DuraSpace presents a Community Webinar, DSpace Docker for Repository Managers: Running Any Version of DSpace from your Desktop

On Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 11:00 AM ET (convert to your timezone), join Terry Brady, Georgetown University Library and Pascal Becker, The Library Code, when they present, “DSpace Docker for Repository Managers: Running Any Version of DSpace from your Desktop.

In 2018, the DSpace development team packaged DSpace to be run with Docker. This made it possible to start any version of DSpace from your desktop with a simple command line call.  The use of Docker has created a more flexible development environment for DSpace contributors. Docker also offers great potential for repository managers which will be the focus of this webinar.  Topics will include:

  • What is a Docker image and what images have been published for DSpace
  • How to install Docker
  • How to launch DSpace 6 and DSpace 7 using Docker
  • How to participate in DSpace testing using Docker

If you are a repository manager who is interested in previewing new DSpace functionality or would like to become more involved in DSpace development or are a potential DSpace contributor who would like to learn how you can get started with the project, we encourage you to attend.  Time will be reserved at the end of the presentation for your questions.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Register today!

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Call for Expressions of Interest in Hosting the Annual Open Repositories Conference in 2021

სამ, 26/02/2019 - 17:58

The Open Repositories Steering Committee seeks Expressions of Interest (EoI) from candidate host organizations for the 2021 Open Repositories Annual Conference series. Proposals from the Americas will be given first consideration.

The Open Repositories Steering Committee is accepting Expressions of Interest (EoI) to host the OR2021 conference until April 30th, 2019. Shortlisted sites will be notified by the end of May 2019 and invited to submit a full proposal.

Candidate institutions must have the ability to host at least a four-day conference with up to 450 attendees (see the list of past conferences which includes the number of attendees where available). This includes appropriate access to conference facilities, lodging, and transportation, as well as the ability to manage a range of supporting services (food services, internet services, and conference social events; conference website; management of registration and online payments; etc.). The candidate institutions and their local arrangements committee must have the means to support the costs of producing the conference through attendee registration and independent fundraising. In addition, candidate institutions should consider the OR Statement on Inclusion and Openness as well as ourCode of Conduct to determine whether there are conditions in the local environment that might conflict with these positions or prevent travel for large portions of the attendees.

Fuller guidance is provided in the Open Repositories Conference Handbook on the Open Repositories wiki.

Read the full Call for Expressions of Interest (EoI) here:  https://www.openrepositories.org/2019/02/25/eoi-2021/

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