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The 2021 North American User Meeting was held on January 19, 2021, 12:00 to 3:00 EST.  Our goal was to encourage our current and prospective users in Canada and the U.S. to meet each other and hear what’s happening with their VIVO implementations. This virtual event was open to anyone, anywhere in the world, but was geared for those in the American time zones.

Recordings available!

To see video recordings of each presentation, click the links below in the column on the right.

Where available, conference materials are linked to presentation titles.


12:00 - 12:10Welcome and intro to VIVO Julia TrimmerVideo: 10 minutes
12:10 - 12:30VIVO current statusBruce HerbertVideo: 20 minutes
12:30 - 12:50VIVO developments at UQAMSacha JerabekVideo: 20 minutes
12:50 - 1:00Break
10 minutes
1:00 - 1:20VIVO Ontology Development -- why, what, and howMichael ConlonVideo: 20 minutes

1:20 - 1:25

1:25 - 1:30

1:30 - 1:35

Scholars@FIU: Engaging Strategic Planning & External Relations at Florida International University

Smithsonian Institution Update

VIVO Scholar Implementation at Duke University

Bryan Cooper, David Driesbach

Alvin Hutchinson

Damaris Murry

Videos: 15 minutes
1:35 - 1:55Lessons LearnedRalph O'FlinnVideo: 20 minutes
1:55 - 2:05Break
10 minutes
2:05 - 2:25Overview of Texas A&M University Library VIVODouglas HahnVideo: 20 minutes

2:25 - 2:30

2:30 - 2:35

2:35 - 2:40

Congratulations! You are now a VIVO owner!

CU Experts Direct: The Innovation Buffs Experiment

Interdisciplinary Research Dashboard at TAMU

Don Elsborg Alex Viggio

Bruce Herbert

Videos: 15 minutes
2:40 - 3:00Next steps: where do we go from here? Zoom pollJulia TrimmerVideo: 20 minutes

Call for updates from VIVO implementers: how's it going? 

We’d like each NA VIVO site to give us an update either as a 5-minute lightning talk or a 20-minute presentation. Lightning talks might touch on any of these topics:

  • What are the primary use cases and goals of VIVO at your institution?

  • How’s adoption going, by both profile owners and site visitors?

  • What works well for users, and what are they asking for?

Longer, 20-minute presentations might include the following:

  • A tour of your VIVO site

  • Demo of new functionality or data 

  • Challenges to VIVO at your institution due to shifting resources or other issues

A conversation with the VIVO Project

For over a decade, the VIVO community has been vibrant, creative, and devoted to helping each other and sustaining VIVO. We believe in open source, open science, and open data.

This meeting will give you a chance to talk directly to leaders about the direction of the VIVO Project. Our community is strong and growing, but like many open source communities, we’re struggling too. To face what’s ahead, we need your ideas, energy, and contributions of all kinds.

Spanish-language user event in the works

The VIVO Project is also planning an event for Spanish users in Europe, Central America, and South America to be held in early 2021. Please contact the VIVO Membership and Community Engagement Interest Group if you’d like to help with this event, or if you’d like to propose additional regional or language-based VIVO user groups.

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