Yaffle: Memorial University’s VIVO-Based Solution to Support Knowledge Mobilization in Newfoundland and Labrador

Wed, 2014-11-19 11:41 -- kristi

One particular VIVO project that demonstrates the spirit of open access principles is Yaffle. Many VIVO implementations provide value to their host institutions, ranging from front-end access to authoritative organizational information to highlights of works created in the social sciences and arts and humanities. Yaffle extends beyond its host institution and provides a cohesive link between Memorial University and citizens from Newfoundland and Labrador. The prospects for launching Yaffle in other parts of Canada will be realized in the near future. 

Memorial University has a special and serious obligation to the people of the province, Newfoundland and Labrador.  Part of Memorial's commitment to fulfill that social mandate is to engage with public and community partners in research that solves real world issues.

To facilitate that exchange, Memorial University developed Yaffle, a web connection and engagement application that supports Knowledge Mobilization, the bi-directional creation and sharing of knowledge. This past year the Yaffle team at Memorial’s Harris Centre joined forces with the VIVO initiative and worked together to model Knowledge Mobilization. One result of that work is the Yaffle Knowledge Mobilization Ontology, an ontology! that was designed to fit within the VIVO-ISF framework. In addition to adding a semantic layer to the Yaffle technology stack, the Yaffle team developed a content management layer in Drupal and an API for writing content to VIVO.

Memorial University researchers and the public use Yaffle to highlight their diverse work, unique interests and valued expertise around the province and the world! In the Spring of 2015 Yaffle will launch two additional schools in the Atlantic provinces.

For more information visit http://www.yaffle.ca or contact Lisa Charlong at lcharlong@mun.ca.

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