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COMMENTS REQUESTED: VIVO Strategic Goals for 2015-2016

From Layne Johnson, VIVO Project Director

Winchester, MA  15 VIVO Goals for 2015-2016 have been Identified and selected by the VIVO Strategy Group and are presented for comment.

Last week, eleven members of the VIVO Strategy Group met on December 1 and 2 at Northwestern University's Evanston, IL campus to set priorities for the upcoming two years. Prior to the meeting, a 3-question survey was sent to 41 people who are members of the VIVO Leadership Group, the VIVO Steering Group, the VIVO Management Team, and the VIVO Strategy Group. 

Survey Questions:

  • What do you think the value proposition is for VIVO?  
  • What do you see as VIVO’s top goals in the next 2-3 years?
  • What do you think are the key issues and challenges for VIVO that need to be addressed in the next 2-3 years?

Twenty people answered the survey and provided a total of 181 bulleted responses. The answers were categorized into three strategic themes: Community; Sustainability; and Technology (see survey results and other meeting information here).

Key objectives of the VIVO Strategy Meeting:

  • develop a shared understanding of VIVO's value proposition; 
  • discuss VIVO goals & issues; 
  • prioritize VIVO goals; and 
  • develop high-level action plans for prioritized VIVO goals.

Working Value Proposition

A working value proposition was drafted for further refinement: VIVO provides an integrated, searchable, view of the academic work of an organization.

Five goals were selected for each strategic theme and are presented below. High level action plans are being finalized and will be communicated in the very near future.

Top 15 2015-2016 goals for VIVO categorized by Strategic Theme:

  1. Increase productivity of the VIVO project.
  2. Develop a more transparent governance operation with clear roles and responsibilities.  
  3. Increase the number of contributors and the work they do to support software development, ontology! development, and other activities in the community.
  4. Maintain a current and dynamic web presence.
  5. Develop key goals and activities for leveraging key partnerships outside of the VIVO community (e.g. ORCID, CRIS, CASRAI,W3C, SciEnCV, CRediT, etc.) and align with VIVO strategy.


  1. Create an inclusive and welcoming open source! community aligned with VIVO's mission.
  2. Develop a clear value proposition for VIVO that explains the benefits of VIVO, the data model and the ontology.
  3. Establish a road map.
  4. Increase adoption by growing installed base.
  5. Clearly identify and aggressively promote the value membership.


  1. Develop democratic code contribution (and ontology contribution) processes. 
  2. Clarify the Core VIVO architecture, including guidelines and processes for making contributions available.
  3. Develop VIVO search for cross-institutional and cross-platform use, thus expanding the capabilities to existing and future users.
  4. Improve/increase VIVO core modularity with plug and play reasoners, triple stores, and search engines, e.g. to allow 3rd party and user-developed functionality to be easily ntegrated.
  5. Institute a distributed, team-based development and release management process for all VIVO project work.


Your comments and strongly encouraged. Please send your feedback to Layne Johnson, VIVO Project Director at ljohnson at