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Key Features Include Enhanced ORCID Functionality and Simplified Data Handling
Winchester, MA  The VIVO Project, an open source, open ontology, open process platform for hosting information about the interests, activities and accomplishments of scientists and scholars, is pleased to announce the release of VIVO 1.7. The software can be installed by downloading either a zip or tar.gz file located on the download page at and deploying it to your web server for production use. Installation Instructions and an Upgrade Guide v1.6 to 1.7 are also available.
The VIVO 1.7 release combines new features with improvements to existing features and services and continues to leverage the VIVO-Integrated Semantic Framework (VIVO-ISF) ontology introduced in VIVO 1.6.  No data migration or changes to local data ingest procedures, visualization, or analysis tools drawing directly on VIVO data will be required to upgrade to VIVO 1.7.
VIVO 1.7 notably includes the results of an ORCID Adoption and Integration Grant to support the creation and verification of ORCID iDs. VIVO now offers the opportunity for a researcher to add and/or confirm his or her global, unique researcher identifier directly with ORCID without the necessity of applying through other channels and re-typing the 16-digit ORCID identifier.  We anticipate that this facility will help promote ORCID iDs more widely and expand adoption for the benefit of the entire research community.
VIVO 1.7 also incorporates several updates to key software libraries in VIVO, including the Apache Jena libraries that provide the default VIVO triple store from Jena 2.6.4 to Jena 2.10.1.  This Jena upgrade does require existing VIVO sites to run an automated migration procedure for user accounts prior to upgrading VIVO itself.
The Apache Solr search library used by VIVO has been updated to Solr 4.7.2 and the programming interface to Solr has been modularized to allow substitution of alternative search indexing libraries to benefit from specific desired features.
The SPARQL web services introduced in VIVO 1.6 have been extended to support full read-write capability and content negotiation through a single interface. The ability to export or "dump" the entire VIVO knowledge base for analysis by external tools has also been improved to scale better with triple store size, as has the ability to request lists of RDF by type to facilitate linked data applications.
The VIVO 1.7 release also reflects feedback from the VIVO Leadership Group requesting a predictable pattern of one minor release and one major release each year. We anticipate releases in late spring/early summer and again in late fall to help adopters plan for release schedules and new features, and anticipate any changes that may affect local data ingest processes, visualizations, reporting, and/or data analysis.
Learn More at the VIVO Conference
There’s still time to register for the upcoming VIVO Conference that will be held in Austin, TX August 6-8, 2014. The program is designed to help you harness the full potential of research networking, discovery, and open research.
About VIVO
VIVO ( is an open source, open ontology, open process platform for hosting information about the interests, activities and accomplishments of scientists and scholars. VIVO supports open development and integration of science and scholarship through simple, standard semantic web! technologies. VIVO was originally funded by Cornell University and the National Institutes of Health (U24 RR029822) and is currently a community-supported incubator project under the DuraSpace umbrella.
How Does DuraSpace Help?
The DuraSpace ( organization is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit providing leadership and innovation for open technologies that promote durable, persistent access and discovery of digital data. Our values are expressed in our organizational byline, "Committed to our digital future."
DuraSpace works collaboratively with organizations that use VIVO to advance the design, development and sustainability of the project. As a non-profit, DuraSpace provides technical leadership, sustainability planning, fundraising, community development, marketing and communications, collaborations and strategic partnerships, and administration.