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#VIVO15 Conference Materials Now in Figshare!

We are delighted to partner with figshare to make #VIVO15 presentations openly available through their new figshare for institutions service. This makes the terrific work of the VIVO community more accessible than ever in a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. Moreover, the materials are now persistent and citable with a DOI. Our sincere thanks to the figshare and Digital Science teams for their work to make this possible!

--Kristi Holmes & Melissa Haendel, 2015 VIVO Conference Chair & Program Chair

We've invited figshare to share some information about their new figshare for institutions service and the benefits it offers to the VIVO community:

The recent launch of figshare for institutions will see the complete figshare codebase move over to a much more flexible system so that all those who use figshare can make use of new functionality such as ‘embargos’ and ‘collections’. To date, we have focused our features on keeping life simple for academics, whilst giving both the end users and the institutions complete control over their files. We have also supported publishers in their need for new infrastructure to host an ever diversifying and growing number of research outputs. The new codebase however, allows a lot more flexibility to provide solutions to any party looking to better manage and disseminate academic content.

The first of these areas is academic conferences. The figshare team was in attendance at the recent VIVO conference in Boston and took the opportunity to discuss a potential portal with Mike Conlon (VIVO Project Lead) and Kristi Holmes (VIVO15 Conference Chair). As a tribute to the high regard figshare and the entire Digital Science portfolio holds for the VIVO community, we decided to pilot using the new figshare portals as a great way to manage and expose the products of the conference. This can include abstracts, posters, presentations and even videos of the talks. Conferences are a fantastic source of academic outputs, from forward thinking abstracts to cutting edge research in posters. For the most part, this is captured on conference websites which aren’t necessarily visited much after the conference itself. By supporting the persistent storage of these outputs, conferences can have useful record of all of the outputs presented each year. As with all public figshare outputs, the files are previewable in the browser and everything is persistent and citable with a DOI. 

We are continuing to collect content for the conference. If you have posters, presentations, associated with this years highly successful VIVO event that you can email them to . In the meantime, you can check our progress with VIVO 2015 instance here!

Our new portal designs mean that the logo and branding can be matched up with the year’s theme of location. The portal has lots of filters so conference organisers can see which are the most popular posters and presentations, while making all of the content citable. Going forward, preserving a copy of record of the annual conference will be easy. Each year a new filter and landing page can be added so that each annual conference can have it’s own persistent record.

If you are running an academic conference and would be interested in piloting the new functionality, or if you have any other interesting use cases for our new portals, do reach out and let us know. Alternatively, If you would like to hear more about how we can satisfy funder mandates on open data, or to see how ‘figshare for institutions’ could be a good fit at your University or College, please get in touch via or via twitterfacebook or google+.