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From Graham Triggs, VIVO Technical Lead, on behalf of the VIVO team.

Austin, TX  The VIVO team is proud to announce that VIVO 1.9 was released on August 8, 2016.

• Full release notes are included below and are also available on the wiki:

• Downloads are available on the GitHub release page:

Version 1.9 of the VIVO open source software includes several significant new features that will improve the user experience and make it simpler to implement VIVO.

This release was made possible by contributions from the following community members:

Ariel D Moya Sequoia, IT Alkaid Consulting S.A.

Stephan Zednik, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Christian Hauschke, Bibliothek der Hochschule Hannover

Roberto J. Rodrigues, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Benjamin Gross, UNAVCO

Chad Nelson, Temple University Library

Brain Lowe, Ontocale

Ted Lawless, Thomson Reuters

Graham Triggs, DuraSpace

Nate Prewitt, CU Boulder

Jim Blake, Cornell

Tim Worrall, Cornell

Rebecca Younes, Cornell

Huda Khan, Cornell

Joe McInerney, Cornell

John Fereira, Cornell

Alvin Hutchison, Smithsonian

Simon Porter, Digital Science / University of Melbourne

Matěj Korvas, University of Melbourne

Martin Kwok, University of Melbourne

Melissa Makin, University of Melbourne

Here’s what’s new:

Capability Map -- Matching research areas with experts just got easier

To address the desire for improved expert finding features in VIVO, we are pleased to introduce a capability map. This feature allows you to search for research areas, and see the relationship between the research areas and the researchers.

Initially developed at the University of Melbourne, the map has been updated to use the improved visualisation architecture introduced in VIVO 1.8.1. Results are cached in the same way as other VIVO visualizations such as the Map of Science, Co-Author visualization, and Temporal Graph.

SEO Improvements -- Making profile pages more discoverable

For better indexing and discoverability of your VIVO profiles, a sitemap generator for profiles is now included.

Additionally, citation meta tags are now included on the pages of works.

AltMetrics Improvements

Following the addition of AltMetric badges to publications with DOIs in 1.8.1, the support has been expanded to cover publications with PubMed IDs or ISBNs.

AltMetric badges are now displayed on the publication lists within a profile page.

Maven Project Structure

To make it easier to get started with VIVO, standard Maven project structures are now used, replacing the custom Ant scripts of previous versions.

Both VIVO and Vitro have been migrated to Maven. Developers cloning the projects from GitHub, should place them in directories next to each other.

Maven Based Installer

Version 1.9 introduces an "installer" project, which will assemble the application and home directories, and copy them to your Tomcat and installation / home directories.

The installer will automatically download all of the necessary dependencies - including pre-built Vitro and VIVO code - in order to complete the installation.

This installer also provides a natural place for sites to add their customizations, such as a custom theme, additional Java classes in the web application or RDF in the home directory.

OpenJDK Support

The image processor for uploading and generating thumbnails has been replaced with a new library. As a result, there are no known OpenJDK incompatibilities.

Performance Improvements

Thanks to Brian Lowe, Ontocale, there are significant improvements writing data to the triple store, with an updated inferencer batching changes in memory.

There are also minor improvements to graph comparison code (improving startup time for large graphs), and memory reductions for the caching of data in the visualizations.

SPARQL Editor Highlighting

The YASQE highlighting editor for SPARQL has been incorporated into the SPARQL Query page, thanks to a contribution from Ted Lawless, Thomson Reuters.

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 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, communications, collaborations and strategic partnerships, and administration.