VIVO to Join DuraSpace Organization as Incubated Project

VIVO is a one-stop network of researchers, projects, and results that enables collaborative research discovery and interdisciplinary scholarship.

Winchester, MA  The DuraSpace organization and the VIVO Project are pleased to announce that after initial fundraising and planning, VIVO is entering an incubation period with DuraSpace. The incubation process will focus on assisting VIVO in becoming a sustainable, community-driven project; on continuing to develop new releases of the VIVO software and ontology; and on expanding the VIVO community beyond the over 100 organizations currently engaged with the project.

VIVO is an open source semantic web application for integrating and sharing information about researchers and their activities and outputs at a single institution, while supporting discovery of related work and expertise across a distributed network of linked data profiles. VIVO is fundamentally interdisciplinary in nature and enables collaboration across traditional boundaries of geography, organizational structure, and type. Through the discovery of researchers and their common interests, expertise, and achievements, VIVO enables the identification of collaborative teams to work across academic research, clinical, and applied domains.

There are diverse activities associated with the VIVO project, across federal agencies, academic institutions, professional societies, for-profit publishers, and data providers, as well as a variety of efforts with the semantic web and ontology development communities. Significant partners include CASRAI (Consortium Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information), EuroCRIS (Current Research Information Systems) and the ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) Initiative.  Adopters of the VIVO platform include: the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Psychological Association and the Publish Trust Project, the Australian-based ANDS VIVO project, and a growing number of universities around the world. Producers of VIVO-compliant data also include: Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Consortium institutions, Harvard Profiles, and Elements from Symplectic Limited, and Elsevier's SciVal Experts. For more information about VIVO, please visit: http://vivoweb.org.

Connecting VIVO With the DuraSpace Community

The DuraSpace Incubation Program assists open source projects that wish to become part of the DuraSpace organization in order to become sustainable, community-driven projects without having to establish a new not-for-profit organization. By taking advantage of DuraSpace support services that include executive leadership, technical leadership, community outreach, communications, business development, and administration,(http://duraspace.org/whatwedoprojects) projects minimize start-up and administrative costs while connecting with well-established open source development communities. VIVO and DuraSpace began efforts towards establishing VIVO as a formal incubated project in July of 2012 (VIVO to Join DuraSpace Organization Incubator Initiative). A list of sponsoring institutions and organizations can be found at http://vivoweb.org/sponsorship.

Speaking for a founding VIVO sponsor with a significant institutional presence in the VIVO community, Carton Rogers, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at the University of Pennsylvania said, “Penn strongly supports VIVO’s alliance with DuraSpace.  It ensures the sustainability of the VIVO effort, and it signals the growing maturity of this exciting collaborative enterprise. But most important, the connection with DuraSpace will drive innovation that libraries and other campus services concerned with knowledge management can offer their communities."

Dean Krafft, Chief Technology Strategist at Cornell University Library and Chair of the VIVO-DuraSpace Incubator Project Management Committee curated a DuraSpace Hot Topics Community Webinar Series, VIVO–Research Discovery and Networking, to introduce DuraSpace community to VIVO. The series of three web seminars was held in May and June and offered diverse topics and perspectives: “Overview of VIVO,” “Case Studies: VIVO at Colorado, Brown, Duke, and Weill Cornell Medical College,” and wrapped up with “A VIVO Technical Deep Dive.” A recording of these presentations along with the presentation slides is now available at http://duraspace.org/hot-topics.

The Fourth Annual VIVO Conference

This year the 4th International VIVO Conference will be held in St. Louis, MO from Aug. 14-16, 2013 and features a unique program of presentations, panels, posters, renowned invited speakers, an apps contest, and collaboration opportunities.  The 2013 VIVO conference will explore how to participate in and best take advantage of the emerging Linked Open Data world encompassing and expanding our understanding of the rapidly growing network of information describing and interlinking researchers and research. More information is available at http://www.vivoweb.org/conference

About DuraSpace

DuraSpace (http://duraspace.org) is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing leadership and innovation for open technologies that promote durable, persistent access to digital data. We collaborate with academic, scientific, cultural, and technology communities by supporting projects and creating services to help ensure that current and future generations have access to our collective digital heritage. Our values are expressed in our organizational byline, "Committed to our digital future."

DuraSpace supports open technology projects and provides long-term, durable access to and discovery of digital assets. DSpace and Fedora are two of the most widely-used digital repository solutions in the world with more than fifteen hundred institutions that use and help develop these open source software repository platforms.

DuraSpace also provides innovative solutions for the digital preservation community to meet today’s access and preservation challenges with subscription services that include DuraCloud, an easy and cost effective way to archive, share and manage content in the cloud and DSpaceDirect, a low-cost, hosted repository service due to launch in 2013.

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