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From the VIVO Director’s Chair: #VIVO14 Caliente!

From Layne Johnson, VIVO Project Director

Winchester, MA  Here are few items of interest from the upcoming VIVO 2014 Conference (#VIVO14) due to kick off on Aug. 6 in Austin, Texas.
I didn’t have much time to sit in the Director’s Chair yesterday.  Like many people who are preparing for #VIVO14, I’ve been feeling like I’ve been playing “Whac-a-Mole” – a lot of different things to do to prepare for the VIVO Conference kept popping up.
There are a couple of things that I’d like to point out to those of you planning to be in Austin this week.  First, there will be a lot of focus on the VIVO-ISF Ontology and Data Standards (blog post).  Aside from a number of formal presentations and panels, you should also consider attending the Birds of a Feather VIVO-ISF ontology session with Melissa Haendel, VIVO Ontology Lead. It’s being held Friday, August 8 from 12:15-1:45 in Texas I. Come and learn about what’s happening with the ontology, how to get involved, work efforts with various stakeholders, and projects of interest.  To follow ontology specific content on Twitter, use #VIVOISF! .
If you are new to the VIVO Community and would like to learn about becoming a member, a Birds of a Feather New Member Session is being held from 12:15-1:15 in Texas III.  The session will focus on Member benefits and is geared to those individuals from organizations that are not currently members.  If you’re interested in attending the session, Please RSVP to Layne Johnson <>.
You’ll hear from some existing Members and you’ll have an opportunity to meet other new faces in the VIVO Community.
Last, but certainly not least, if you’re unable to be in Austin this week, we will miss you.  But, of course there will be plenty of people using Twitter, and you can follow the proceedings at #VIVO14
Here’s to a great week, virtually, or in Austin.  VIVO Caliente!