Sprint! VIVO is holding its first sprint of 2019, and first since the architectural fly-in and the statement of direction.  The spring will focus on de-coupling activities aligned with item #2 on the statement of direction.  We hope you have been attending developer's meetings (see below) and are prepared to participate in the sprint.  If not, no worries, there is a sprint organizing meeting Monday, March 18, at 11 AM US Eastern Daylight Savings Time (note that the US advances its clocks for daylight savings time a bit before the EU and other parts of the world.  Please check time zones for local time).

Presenting at the VIVO Conference Do you have work that would be interesting for other members of the VIVO community to hear about?  One means for sharing your work is a presentation at the VIVO conference.  Are you a first time presenter?  Presenting at the conference is possible for everyone.  The VIVO Conference welcomes first time presenters.  Please take a look at the call for proposals.  You will need to write a short description of the work you did and why it might be interesting for others.  Please consider presenting your work.  You can find the call for proposals here:  http://vivoconference.org/talk-proposals/  You will need to sign up for Open Review (it's easy) and have the ORCiD identifiers for yourself and your co-authors, if any.  Don't have an ORCiD?  It's easy to get one.  Visit http://orcid.org Proposals are due April 14th.  We hope you plan to share your work via a presentation at the VIVO Conference.

LYRASIS and Duraspace boards vote to merge The LYRASIS and Duraspace boards have voted to merge their non-profit organizations.  You can find a press release here:  http://bit.ly/2F92eI1

I have served on the board of Duraspace since 2013 and participated in the recent intent to merge and the vote to merge.  As in any big change, there are always concerns and opportunities.  To vote yes to merge, there had to be evidence that the opportunities afforded by the merger were worth pursuing.  I have been asked to share my thoughts bout the merger and my vote.  Please see Why I Voted Yes.

Welcome a new VIVO site!  Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosi in San Luis Potosi Mexico has a new VIVO site.   From Wikipedia:

The Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí (in SpanishUniversidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, UASLP) is a public university in Mexico. It is the largest, oldest, and most comprehensive university in the state of San Luis Potosí, as well as one of the most important ones in Mexico. Among other historic milestones, in 1923, UASLP was the first university in Mexico to have autonomy constitutionally granted

You can see their VIVO here: http://orbis.uaslp.mx/vivo/ They have done a beautiful job representing nearly 7,000 faculty and staff.

Bienvenido Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosi!

Books for VIVO One of the classics in the open source literature is The Cathedral and the Bazaar.  I recall how it changed my thinking about open source.  Highly recommended for all those involved with open source.  You can read more about the book and its influence here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cathedral_and_the_Bazaar  The author's website is here:  http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/

Raymond, Eric S. (1999). The Cathedral and the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary. O'Reilly Media. ISBN 1-56592-724-9.

Calls this week All times are US Eastern Daylight Savings Time.  Follow the meeting links for connection/call-in details.  All meetings use Zoom, a free download available here: http://zoom.us/download Meeting reminders and agendas are typically posted to VIVO Slack.  Join VIVO Slack here:  http://bit.ly/vivo-slack 

The VIVO Google Calendar is available here: bit.ly/vivo-calendar  You can add it to your calendars so you are always up to date on upcoming meetings and events!



Mike Conlon 
VIVO Project Director

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