Winchester, MA The DuraSpace organization is pleased to announce that Dr. Layne Johnson has accepted a position with DuraSpace as the project director for the VIVO project effective May 1, 2014. In his role as VIVO project director, Layne will work closely with the community and steering group to set the vision and long term roadmap for VIVO, the open source semantic web platform that enables research discovery.
Layne is formally trained as a scientist and has worked in the pharmaceutical research industry, most recently at Pfizer where he served as Global Head, Information Management.
During 2009-2013, Layne was at the University of Minnesota where he served as Translational Science Information Specialist in the Health Sciences Libraries, and as a Library Fellow in the Institute for Health Informatics where he coordinated the implementation of the University’s first research networking system. His scholarly interest in open source research networking and ontologies began in 2009.
His academic interests include e-science, research networking systems, ontologies and the semantic web, and he supported biomedical informatics and community engagement efforts for the University of Minnesota’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
Dr. Johnson received a BA from Dana College. He holds an MS in bacteriology and a PhD in microbiology from Iowa State University.
The DuraSpace and VIVO project teams would like to extend a warm welcome to Layne in his new role as the VIVO project director, and look forward to his contributions to the broad, collaborative VIVO movement that will shape the future of research.