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VIVO Updates–Camp, Conference, Microsoft Academic

From Mike Conlon, VIVO Project Director

VIVO Camp April 6-8.  Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The Camp will be a great opportunity to learn about VIVO.  New to VIVO?  This is the place to start.  Considering VIVO?  Even better – VIVO Camp will engage attendees about the why and how of VIVO implementations.  Click here to register now!

VIVO 2017 Conference August 2-4.  Weill Cornell Medicine, New York City.  The conference brings together VIVO enthusiasts from all over the world.  The Call for Proposals is open now.  Click here to submit your proposal to the VIVO Conference.

Microsoft Academic – a new data source for VIVO?  We are always looking for new data sources for VIVO – places where you might be able to get information on the golden query.  Like Google Scholar, Microsoft Academic is the result of large scale automated harvesting of web sources.  Unlike Google Scholar, which expressively disallows use of the data by software, Microsoft Academic has an open API and documentation encouraging reuse of the data they have assembled.  Their API meets several important criteria for VIVO:  1) It is "open" – you can make open queries up to some limits and then pay fees for higher volume.  2) It identifies works, people and institutions using its own internally consistent keys, 3) Given information about a person, or a collection of people, it can find publications that have a high probability of being authored by those people.  You get the Microsoft Academic probability estimate and can make your own decisions about cut-off values for particular applications.

Microsoft Academic appears to be useful.  You may want to take a look at http://academic.microsoft.com At the present time it is difficult to determine what fees might apply for use of the API in particular institution settings.  

Disclaimer – Microsoft Academic is not a supporter of VIVO, and to our knowledge, has no interest in VIVO.  The interest in Microsoft Academic is that of Mike Conlon based on the needs of the VIVO community and the features offered by the service.

Outreach and Engagement this Thursday.  The Outreach and Engagement Interest Group will have its call this Thursday at 1 PM EST.  Click here for the webex meeting.  See you there!  

Go VIVO!

Submitted by carol on Tue, 2017-01-31 08:38