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The OpenVIVO task force is active. If you'd like to help, please contact Mike Conlon or Graham Triggs


OpenVIVO will be a demonstration of VIVO at the Force11 Conference in Portland, April 17-19.  The demonstration is expected to run through the VIVO Conference in August. More detail can be found in the Overview on Google Docs.


  1. Produce the OpenVIVO system in time for demonstration at Force16
  2. Promote the system at Force16 and beyond
  3. Identify desirable future features
  4. Identify sustainability model


  1. Demonstration of a hosted VIVO that anyone can join
  2. Sign on via an ORCiD identifier and password
  3. Automatic ingest of publications from ORCiD
  4. Ingest of material from the Force16 collection at Figshare (extensible to any collection on Figshare)
  5. Real-time addition of publications to a faculty profile by specifying a DOI or PubMed ID
  6. Standard RDF for journals, dates, and organizations
  7. Use of FAST as a standard vocabulary for research areas
  8. Publication of Open VIVO data to GitHub
  9. Consumption of Open VIVO data in CTSA Search
  10. Demonstration of a controlled vocabulary for attribution  and contribution to scholarly works

Many elements of Open VIVO will find their way into future releases of VIVO.  Sign on procedures, RDF data, attribution ontology, interactive addition of works via DOI and others will be added to VIVO for all sites to use.  An export utility is planned for extracted data from Open VIVO regarding a particular institution.  Using this tool, local data stewards will be able to extract data from Open VIVO pertaining to their organization, and add it to their local VIVO.


This is a community-driven project.  Schedules are subject to change as people are available.  Open VIVO is a demonstration schedule for first appearance at the Force16 conference in Portland, Sunday April 17-Tuesday April 19.  To demonstrate Open VIVO at the conference, the schedule below is proposed.

Requirements are in place.  Additional features could be added if time and resources permit, and if the feature(s) are consistent with the nature and purpose of Open VIVO.

Items in Green are sub projects that proceed in parallel.  Items in Red are major deadlines.  Other items are in Black.



Develop charter, requirements, resource feasibility, solicit participation, approval of steering, project infrastructure, launch sub projects

3 weeks


2016-02-13Done. See

Domain name, infrastructure hosting, branding/theme, stand up platform, three tier build, branding

4 weeks



Done. See

ORCiD authentication, Profile creation, ORCiD hook for DOI

6 days


RDF generation for Journals (CrossRef and NLM)4 weeks2016-02-132016-03-13

Done. See

RDF generation for Organizations (Grid)4 weeks2016-02-132016-03-13Done. See
Figshare Collection Ingest4 weeks2016-02-132016-03-13

Done. See

Create a standard set of date RDF (various precisions, all dates in a range)1 Week2016-03-102016-03-17

Done. See

Identify and represent attribution/contribution4 weeks2016-02-132016-03-13Done. See
Publication Ingest from CrossRef with Attribution from user-entered DOI5 weeks2016-02-072016-03-13Done. See
Ingest attendees, attach to a conference entity1 week2016-04-112016-04-16

Done. See

Full assembly – all features in place. Begin testing, begin remediation, begin data export1 week2016-04-022016-04-09

Done. See

Modified self-edit for positions. Included in OpenVIVO. Links to GRID2 weeks2016-03-202016-04-02

Done. See

Harvest data from Open VIVO to CTSAsearch2 weeks2015-03-202015-04-02In progress

Final acceptance testing, refinement, communications, presentation materials

2 weeks


2015-04-15In progress. See flyer Poster draft

Workshops and Visualizations Hackathon at Force 11 Conference

1 day2016-04-172016-04-17Hackathon scheduled for Sunday evening.

Additional Force11 demonstrations, continuous update of open VIVO from Figshare and ORCiD, continuous export of data to GitHub, continuous import of data to Iowa repositories and tools.

2 days2016-04-182016-04-19Conference attendees: Mike Conlon, Melissa Haendel, Kristi Holmes, Violeta Ilik, Dave Eichmann



Mike Conlon Duraspace,

Alex Rademaker IBM Brazil,

David Eichmann University of Iowa,

Graham Triggs Duraspace,

Melissa Haendel Oregon Health Sciences University

Violeta Ilik Northwestern University

John Serafin Northwestern University

Jim Blake, Cornell University

Kristi Holmes

Muhammad Javed Cornell University

Paul Friedman Northwestern University

Ted Lawless Thomson Reuters

Marijane White Oregon Health Sciences University

Shahim Essaid Oregon Health Sciences University

Matthew Brush Oregon Health Sciences University

Simon Porter Digital Science

Martin Szomszor Digital Science

Karen Guzman

Meeting Times

Every Tuesday at 1 PM eastern on WebEx

Communication Channels

  • The status elements above will be updated each week and via VIVO Updates

  • Notes of meetings will appear below
  • vivo-tech and vivo-community will be used to support project communication

Agendas and Notes

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