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SAVE THE DATE for the LYRASIS Member Summit Oct. 1 – 2 Chicago, Illinois

Tue, 11/06/2019 - 21:27

We are thrilled to be planning our 4th annual Member Summit. This year’s in-person event will be at the Big 10 Conference Center in Chicago. Our theme this year is Local to Global. This  will be our first meeting after the LYRASIS + DuraSpace merger, and we will be welcoming DuraSpace Members and staff. The summit will include high level discussions for your senior and executive staff as well as the Leaders Circle pre-conference event.

The LYRASIS Member Summit is a members-only meeting for senior strategists and staff who are looking for new ways to collaborate and serve their users, researchers and communities. It is designed to help our members and their institutions seize both sustainable and disruptive innovations to deliver new, better, and tried and tested approaches for increasing and sustaining access to knowledge. The Member Summit creates a unique space for learning, networking, collaboration and designing action on the most important issues facing archives, libraries, museums and galleries today. As a LYRASIS member, you are invited to this annual conference at no charge.

Registration for both our Summit and hotel block will be open in the next few weeks! We hope to see you there!

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VIVO Updates, June 9, 2019 — Upcoming sprint, Open Repositories, LYRASIS, Leadership Group Elections coming up

Mon, 10/06/2019 - 01:39

Sprint coming up June 17-26  Interested in development?  Ready to sprint?  The VIVO developers will be holding a sprint June 17-26 to work on externalizing the search indexes of VIVO in support of VIVO Scholar and other applications.  Developer calls are held every Tuesday at 11 AM US Eastern Time.  See Development Interest Group for call agendas and sprint planning.

Open Repositories  VIVO community members will be attending Open Repositories at the University of Hamburg this week. We hope those attending have a chance to catch up, discuss VIVO, and how best to move forward.  https://or2019.blogs.uni-hamburg.de/

Three weeks to LYRASIS  As many of you know, Duraspace is merging with LYRASIS, another US non-profit, to improve support of community open source for academics.  The merger is expected to become official July 1, 2019.  LYRASIS and Duraspace staff have been diligently meeting, learning each other’s work, and preparing for becoming a single organization.

I have served as a board member of Duraspace since 2014 and participated in the decision to merge with LYRASIS.  I will not be a board member of the new organization.  You may hear of other changes – in personnel, and in business practices.  The VIVO Project remains autonomous.  It is governed by its Leadership Group.  Its relationship with LYRASIS is defined by the MOU VIVO has in place with Duraspace, which LYRASIS will honor.

Leadership Group Community elections coming up  Speaking of the Leadership Group, watch for an announcement of nominations for community members to serve on the Leadership Group.  This is an outstanding opportunity for motivated community leaders to step forward and join in the governance of the project.  There are fascinating, important, and perhaps challenging issues facing the Leadership Group this year.  We hope you will consider being nominated to serve!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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Invitation: Please Come to a DuraSpace Reception In Hamburg, Germany

Wed, 05/06/2019 - 16:19

Are you traveling to Hamburg, Germany for the Open Repositories Conference (OR2019)? Please join your DuraSpace colleagues Tim Donohue, Michele Mennielli, Andrew Woods and David Wilcox for a reception celebrating open community, collaboration and innovation on Monday June 10 from 7-9 PM. Conference participants are welcome for light appetizers and drinks at The Pony Bar located within walking distance from the University of Hamburg at Allende-Platz 1, 20146 Hamburg, Germany (directions: https://goo.gl/maps/gDnVkvKr65PZAkeF7).

Please join us to celebrate what we have accomplished together and what we look forward to in the future. DuraSpace and Lyrasis announced that they would join their organizations earlier this year. They will complete the merger by July 1, 2019. Together they will create new models for collaboration, innovation and development in the landscape of academic, research, and public libraries, galleries, archives, and museums. The merged organization will leverage expertise, reach, and capacity to create and build new programs, services and technologies that enable durable, persistent access to data and services. The LYRASIS and DuraSpace communities will have a strong voice in the development and governance of programs, projects, and services that are already market leaders.

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OCFL (Oxford Common File Layout) 0.3 Beta Specification Released: Your Feedback Requested

Tue, 04/06/2019 - 21:45

From Andrew Woods, on behalf of the Oxford Common File Layout (OCFL) editorial group

The Oxford Common File Layout (OCFL) specification describes an application-independent approach to the storage of digital information in a structured, transparent, and predictable manner. It is designed to promote standardized long-term object management practices within digital repositories.


Illustration by Sam Mitchell, Lyrasis

For those following the OCFL initiative or those generally interested in current community practice related to preservation persistence, you will be pleased to know that the OCFL 0.3 beta specification has been released and is now ready for your detailed review and feedback!
– https://ocfl.io/0.3/spec/

Twenty four issues [1] have been addressed since the 0.2 alpha release (February, 2019). Beyond editorial/clarifying updates, the more substantive changes in this beta release include:
– Flexibility of directory name within version directories for holding content payload [2]
– Optional “deposit” directory at top of Storage Root as draft workspace [3]
– Expectation of case sensitivity of file paths and file names [4]

Within the 90 day review period until September 2nd, please review the specification and implementation notes and provide your feedback either as discussion on the ocfl-community [5] mailing list or as GitHub issues [6].

The monthly OCFL community meetings [7] are open to all (second Wednesday of every month @11am ET). Please join the conversation, or simply keep your finger on OCFL’s pulse by lurking!

More detail and implementation notes can be found at https://ocfl.io.

[1] https://github.com/OCFL/spec/issues?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=is%3Aissue+closed%3A2019-02-18..2019-06-03+
[2] https://github.com/OCFL/spec/issues/341
[3] https://github.com/OCFL/spec/issues/320
[4] https://github.com/OCFL/spec/issues/285
[5] ocfl-co…@googlegroups.com
[6] https://github.com/ocfl/spec/issues
[7] https://github.com/OCFL/spec/wiki/Community-Meetings

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News from 4Science

Thu, 30/05/2019 - 17:30

DSpace 7 Preview Release is available: 4Science is a major contributor to the creation of this new version, together with other contributors from the community.

4Science has been awarded for the implementation of the OpenAIRE-CRIS-CERIF Guidelines in DSpace-CRIS. The main objectives of this implementation are to:

  • realize the implementation of the latest OpenAIRE Guidelines for CRIS Managers in DSpace-CRIS
  • enable DSpace-CRIS platforms to expose research information to OpenAIRE.

This month, 4Science participated in the following events, with multiple roles, as speaker, partner, and sponsor:

  • COAR 2019 Annual Meeting, May 21-23, Lyon (France)
  • euroCRIS Membership Meeting Spring 2019, May 27-29, Helsinki (Finland)

Here’s where we’ll be next month:

  • GARR conference 2019, June 4-6, Turin (Italy)
  • Open Repositories 2019 (OR2019), June 10-13, Hamburg (Germany)
  • OAI11, June 19-21, Geneva (Switzerland)

Let’s meet there and talk about FAIR Open Science!

https://www.4science.it/en/2019/05/22/4science-events-spring-summer-2019/

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VIVO Updates for May 26, 2019 — Conference reviews, conference registration, EuroCRIS membership meeting

Mon, 27/05/2019 - 16:54

Conference reviews  This year, the VIVO Conference is breaking new ground.  As you likely know this is the 10th annual conference, and the first to be held in Europe.  VIVO has many strong members and partners and implementations in Europe and we thought it was about time to make it easier for our European community to attend.  The conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel in lovely Podgorica, Montenegro, well served by major airlines, train, and even cruise ships (well, you might need car to get from the coast).

Proposals for presentations at the conference have been receive and are currently under review.  For the first time, the VIVO Conference is using Open Review (http://openreview.net) Reviewers are assigned to the proposals as in traditional review, but all reviews are open, and reviewers other than the assigned reviewers can comment on proposals.

Comments and reviews are a great way to improve presentations.  As a commenter, you can suggest additional content, make presenters aware of related work, and ask questions.

Open Review is a great addition to the conference.  We hope you will participate – either as an assigned reviewer or as a commenter.  To see the proposals and comment on them, visit Open Review and select the VIVO Conference.

Conference registration  Speaking of the conference, why not go ahead and register here:  http://vivoconference.org

EuroCRIS membership meeting  This week, several VIVO people will be attending the EuroCRIS members meeting Helsinki.  See https://www.csc.fi/web/eurocris2019/  If you are attending, please let us know.  We hope to see you there!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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Fedora 6: Application-independent Storage to Ensure the Persistence of Digital Data Through Time

Mon, 20/05/2019 - 23:39

The Fedora community has long been at the forefront of developing an open source repository framework that supports digital preservation efforts. Fedora 6 aims to integrate a standardized structure for persisting and delivering the essential characteristics of digital objects in Fedora with the emerging Oxford Common File Layout (OCFL) specification.  The OCFL defines a shared approach to file hierarchy for long-term preservation which describes an application-independent approach to the storage of digital information in a structured, transparent, and predictable manner. It is designed to promote long-term object management best practices within digital repositories.

Overview of Fedora 6 planned features:

  • Replace current Modeshape back-end
  • Implement the OCFL for persistence
  • Add a native, synchronous query interface
  • Improve performance and scale

Fedora 6 digital preservation enhancements are of interest to institutions because digital content stored with Fedora 6 will be transparently readable by both humans and machines, thereby making it accessible with or without Fedora. This application-agnostic approach to preservation is an essential characteristic of ensuring the persistence of digital data through time.

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and Penn State have joined community efforts to support the development of Fedora 6 by increasing their Fedora membership contributions in 2019.  JHU is now a platinum member of DuraSpace in support of Fedora and Platinum member Penn State has contributed an additional $22,000 in support of Fedora for 2019.

Sayeed Choudhury, Associate Dean for Research Data Management; Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center, Johns Hopkins University, explains, “We are developing open infrastructure at Johns Hopkins including the Public Access Submission System or PASS (http://pass.jhu.edu/) and an updated data archive specifically designed for health sciences data. Additionally, we plan to migrate our digital collections from DSpace to Islandora 8. Our increased commitment to Fedora in terms of financial resources, software developers, and user feedback reflects its importance for each of these components of our evolving open infrastructure. Fedora 6’s increased support for preservation and migration are ideal next steps in terms of capabilities.”

 

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AVAILABLE NOW: DSpace 7 Preview Release

Mon, 20/05/2019 - 17:16

See a preview of the new DSpace 7 UI

The first preview release of DSpace 7 is now available for download, testing, and feedback. Demo sites are also available for a preview of DSpace 7 features.

DSpace 7 brings to DSpace a single, modern user interface and REST API and integrates current technological standards and best practices. This new UI combines with the existing core backend of DSpace 6, resulting in a lean, responsive, next-generation repository.

The preview release provides a first look at many of the new features that make DSpace 7 the largest development effort in the history of the software:

  • New Angular UI that is modern, responsive, and built using a Bootstrap theme for easy customization.
  • A completely redesigned REST API that is self-documenting and human browsable.
  • Redesigned submissions and workflows featuring a one page submission process with a drag-and-drop interface, and automatic metadata extraction from common formats like PDFs.
  • Configurable entities, an optional new item type inspired by the DSpace-CRIS project that allows for complex linked relationships between items. DSpace 7 will include the option to implement this feature for two use cases popular with the DSpace community:
    • Journal Hierarchy: create and link objects for a Journal, Volume, Issue, Article, and Author
    • Faculty & Organizational Units: a lightweight, CRIS-like option to represent Projects, Faculty, Department/Unit, Publication, etc.

Configurable entities help to better align DSpace with Next Generation Repository recommendations related to Identifiers as well as alignment with OpenAIRE v4.

DSpace 7 builds on DSpace 6 to create a modern and future-focused repository. The backend restructuring from DSpace 6 is retained and combined with the features above to create a powerful repository designed to address current user needs and plan for future standards.  

DSpace 7 is the first version of DSpace to be developed using test-driven development practices designed to identify and address issues earlier in the development process and lead to more stable releases. It is also the first release to use a working group model for decisions related to design and development.

Blog Post Translations

Translations of this announcement are available in several languages for distribution to DSpace user groups around the world.

We need your help!

If you’re interested in testing and providing feedback on this preview release and future releases of DSpace 7, you may wish to view the recent webinar “DSpace Docker for Repository Managers: Running Any Version of DSpace from your Desktop.”

Aside from testing, other areas where all contributions are welcome:

Download the DSpace 7 Preview release

If you notice any bugs or issues with the Preview release, please report them immediately to our issue tracker: https://jira.duraspace.org/browse/DS

An enhanced Preview release is anticipated this summer, and the DSpace 7 Beta release and information about the DSpace 7 Testathon will be announced later this year. You can learn more at the DSpace 7 Release Status page.

A big thank you to the DSpace community for all the work that has led to this Preview release, particularly the DSpace 7 Working Group, Entities Working Group, DSpace Committers, and DSpace Leadership and Steering groups.

 

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VIVO Updates, May 19, 2019 — Leadership Group elections, Early bird conference registration deadline, Knowledge Graph conference, Books for VIVO

Mon, 20/05/2019 - 01:04

Elections for Leadership Group  Each year, the VIVO Project holds elections as per its charter to name a new Leadership Group to begin July 1.  The Leadership selects it chair and vice chair, and names a Steering Group of its members.  The VIVO Leadership Group  sets the strategic direction for the project and is the primary governance group for the project.  The VIVO Steering Group assists the Leadership Group by preparing proposals and agendas and discussing operational issues as needed.

For more information on the elections see How are the VIVO Leadership and Steering Groups Formed?

Please consider serving on the VIVO Leadership Group!

Early bird conference registration deadline May 27  To get the lowest possible rate for registration at the VIVO conference, please register by the early bird deadline of May 27.  The conference will be held in Podgorica, Montenegro, September 4-6.  The organizers have received outstanding proposals and we expect to have a fabulous conference.  Your can register here:  http://bit.ly/2FWcRRt

The Local Organizing Committee has selected theHilton Hotelas our conference venue. You can also stay at the Hilton hotel where rates should be around 125 Euros per night. Alternatively, on-line sources such asbooking.comand similarweb-sitesoffer affordable luxury residential apartment accommodations located a short distance (3-5 blocks) from the conference center.

Knowledge Graph Conference Columbia University held its first 2019 Knowledge Graph Conference organized by the School of Professional Studies of Columbia University and chaired byFrançois Scharffe, May 7-8, 0219.  The conference brought together world experts to help people understand the benefits of knowledge graphs such as VIVO.  Juan Sequeda, who’s travel reports we have featured here before, was an invited speaker and produced another wonderful travel report of this important event.  Please see http://www.juansequeda.com/blog/2019/05/11/2019-knowledge-graph-conference-trip-report/

Books for VIVO  Every couple of months we post a suggestion for books to read related to VIVO.  This month we are recommending a classic on open source projects, Kurt Fogel’s Producing Open Source Software:  How to Run a Successful Free Software Project  The book is freely available on-line.  The chapters cover the main topics of an open source project such as VIVO.

Perhaps beach reading for your summer holiday/vacation.

Calls this week.  Looking to join a VIVO call?  All are welcome!  Call calendar is here:  http://bit.ly/vivo-calendar

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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VIVO Updates, May 12, 2019 — Conference proposals due Wednesday, EuroCRIS, VIVO Scholar, OpenRefine, Internationalization

Mon, 13/05/2019 - 17:52

VIVO Conference proposals due this Wednesday, May 15.  The VIVO Conference call for proposals will be open through this Wednesday, May 15.  The conference will be held September 4-6, 2019 in Podgorica, Montenegro.  Proposals are very welcome for presentations, posters, panels, and workshops.  Proposals are welcome on all aspects of the open representation of scholarship, data regarding scholarship, and the use of that data to improve scholarship.  We hope to receive your proposal!

EuroCRIS  Several VIVO people are heading to the EuroCRIS 2019 meeting in Helsinki, Finland, May 27-29.  Please let us know if you are planning to attend.  We’re always eager to meet and chat about VIVO!

VIVO Scholar Update presentation.  From the vivo-community email list dated May 9:

Hi VIVO Community,

The VIVO Scholar Task Force is working on a new, lightweight, read-only front end for VIVO, based largely on the discovery and foundational work of the Product Evolution Task Force, which recently wrapped up.

Please join us for an open, town-hall style meeting on Thursday, May 16 at 11 eastern. Connection information is here: https://duraspace.zoom.us/j/952326581. We’ll fill you in on what we’re doing now and what we’re planning, so bring your questions about VIVO Scholar.

Future VIVO Scholar town hall meetings will be held roughly every 8 weeks at the same time: June 11, September 12, October 31, January 9, February 20

Hope to talk to you next week!
Julia

Julia Trimmer
Chair, VIVO Leadership and Steering Group

Director, Faculty Systems and Analysis
Duke University in Durham, NC
Explore Duke’s amazing faculty and researchers in Scholars@Duke.

OpenRefine presentation  Christian Hauschke of TIB Hannover will present on OpenRefine, a tool for cleaning data and transforming it for VIVO and other purposes.  TIB Hannover uses OpenRefine extensively.  The presentation will be this Thursday, May 16, 10 AM US Eastern Time during the Ontology Interest Group meeting.  Connection information is here:  https://duraspace.zoom.us/j/952326581

Internationalization  The Internationalization Task Force is starting up again to discuss requirements (see VIVO i18n task force – requirements) for the VIVO interface and build on work done by our international sites.  The group will meet on June 4 at 10 AM US Eastern Time.  Connect here:  https://uqam.zoom.us/j/5142161911

Calls this week  The VIVO Calendar has calls for the week.  Check it out!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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2019 DSpace North American Users Group Call for Proposals

Tue, 07/05/2019 - 22:56

The 2019 DSpace North American Users Group planning committee invites proposals for the upcoming meeting which will be held September 23 & 24, 2019 at the Elmer L. Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

This meeting will provide opportunities to discuss ideas, strategies, best practices, use cases, and the future development of DSpace 7 with members of the DSpace community including repository developers, technology directors, and institutional repository managers.

We are looking for proposals to cover a variety of topics including, but not limited to:

  • DSpace 7 development and integration
  • Upgrading or migrating to DSpace
  • Accessibility
  • DSpace for research data
  • DSpace for cultural heritage
  • Analytics and assessment
  • Institutional repositories / scholarly communication issues
  • “Show and Tell” – share your success and challenges
  • Anything else you would like to share with the community!

We are seeking proposals in the following formats:

  • Lightning Talk (5-10 min) – a brief, freestanding presentation, with or without slides, including Q&A
  • Presentation (20 min) – a more comprehensive, freestanding presentation, including Q&A
  • Discussion Panel (45 min) – a collection of brief presentations on a topic or area, including a moderated Q&A or open discussion
  • Workshop – an instructor-led workshop on a topic or tool
  • Birds-of-a-feather – breakout sessions for attendees to engage in a particular topic

Submit a proposal by June 21, 2019.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by July 15, 2019.

Need some ideas? Check out past North American user group meeting programs on the conference wiki!

Questions? Contact us at dspace-user-group-meeting@umn.edu.

The 2019 DSpace North American User Group Meeting is jointly sponsored by the University of Minnesota Libraries and the Texas Digital Library.

We encourage members of the wider open repository community and those interested in learning more about the open source DSpace repository platform to participate. More information about accommodations, registration, and schedule will be made available on the conference website.

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VIVO Updates May 5, 2019 — Calendar, CFP, Ontology, ROR

Mon, 06/05/2019 - 04:43

The VIVO Calendar  The VIVO Calendar is a simple Google Calendar, available on the home page of the VIVO wiki.  You can add this calendar to your collection so that are up to date on all VIVO meetings and events.  Have an update of question about the calendar?  Post to one of the VIVO email lists.  Thanks!

Conference call for proposals closed May 15  The VIVO Conference call for proposals has been extended to May 15.  We look forward to your proposal for a workshop, poster, panel, or presentation.  Topics at the VIVO conference include everything having to do with representing and using data about scholarship, including, but not limited to software development, implementation, change management, ontology development, persistent identifiers, national adoption, analytics, data wrangling, and anything else you might think of related to the open world of metadata regarding scholarship and research.  The conference will be held September 4-6, 2019 in Podgorica, Montenegro.  We hope to see you there!

An ontology project  For sometime, the VIVO ontology has needed to improve – VIVO needs to cover more of the world of scholarship, and represent new expectations in scholarship.  VIVO needs to take advantage of advances in ontological design and practice that have emerged since the ontology was first created in 2007 and last revised in 2013.  Revising the ontology will be a significant effort – a new ontology which builds on all that has been learned needs to be developed; 2) testing, tools, and training will be needed to help the community adopt the new ontology; and 3) the VIVO software, and existing software using the current ontology will need to be upgraded using the tools and training.  The effort is expected to take several years, and involve the entire VIVO community.  The current VIVO ontology is expected to be supported indefinitely.

A one page summary of the effort, the approach to the work and some consequences can be found here:  VIVO Ontology Version 2 in one page

A short white paper is available here: VIVO Ontology Version 2

Multiple presentations at the conference will present concepts regarding the effort and how all can participate.

The Ontology Interest Group meets every other Thursday to discuss the effort, solicit, input, review early thoughts, and determine direction.  All are welcome!

We look forward to the participation of the VIVO community in this effort.  Over the coming months, we will have a series of short surveys regarding needs in the community for representation.  We hope you can take a few minutes to review these surveys with your VIVO group and answer as a group to provide let us know how to make the VIVO ontology more relevant, more consistent, and more open.

ROR  Looking for data regarding research organizations?  You might want to take a look at the Research Organization Registry (http://ror.org)  Following on the work of Digital Science and GRID (http://grid.ac) and a collaboration between 17 organizations including ORCiD, THOR, and CrossRef, ROR is an independent, non-profit effort to curate an open registry of the world’s research organizations.

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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VIVO Updates for April 28 — Conference deadline May 1, OPERA workshop, VIVO Scholar, Calls this week

Mon, 29/04/2019 - 01:12

Conference call for proposals deadline extended to May 1  The 10th annual VIVO Conference will be held in Podgorica, Montenegro, September 4-6, 2019.  This is our first conference in Europe!  The conference will be a great opportunity to meet colleagues in the VIVO community, discuss development, ontology, implementation and other work.  The conference is interested in all work related to the representation, presentation and reuse of data regarding scholarship.  Workshop proposals, posters, presentation, panels and other formats are all welcome.  Please submit your proposal.  See the Call for Proposals.

Open Research Analytics (OPERA) The Danish Electronic Research Library hosted a workshop March 28, on open research analytics.  This continuing effort to develop open research analytics based on open sources and open representation as with VIVO data.  So many VIVO people and presentations!  Work on network analysis and presentation, research impact, metrics, open science support and much more.  See https://deffopera.dk/workshop-march-28-2019/

VIVO Scholar Task Force  The VIVO Scholar Task Force, a new VIVO project effort being led by Duke University has a goal of creating a new, optional, performant, internationalized, accessible, read-only interface for VIVO sites running VIVO 1.10 and above.  The task force addresses goal 1 in the Product Direction for 2019.  See VIVO Scholar Task Force

Calls this week  Here’s the calls for this week.  All are welcome.  All calls use Zoom video conferencing.  All have agendas in the wiki and have news in the wiki following the meeting.  All times are US eastern.  See Meeting Times Around the World for local timers.  We hope you can join a meeting that interests you!  Newcomers are always welcome.

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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Recording and Slides DuraSpace and Google Scholar Webinar for Brazil

Tue, 23/04/2019 - 18:24

More than 150 people participated in the first DuraSpace and Google Scholar webinar for Brazil on April 22. You may register for the April 26 DuraSpace and Google Scholar Peruvian webinar here.

The webinar demonstrated  how indexing with Google Scholar can increase the overall visibility of Brazilian repositories and their contents. The best practices for indexing were addressed, demonstrating how the system works, as well as identifying the main problems that occur in indexing and suggesting ways to solve them.

A recording and slides from the webinar are now available (in the Portuguese language).

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Repository and CRIS Interoperability Workshop at OR2019

Mon, 22/04/2019 - 22:11

Have you heard about the Repository/CRIS Workshop that will be held on Monday June 10 in Hamburg, Germany at Open Repositories 2019?  Join Michele Mennielli, Anna Clements and Pablo de Castro to:

• explore how to make repositories work with CRIS/research information management systems like VIVO
• address goals and drivers for integration
• hear use cases of successful CRIS/repository implementations that integrate a variety of open source and vended systems

Plans are underway to continue this discussion at the 2019 VIVO Conference in Podgorica, Montenegro Sept. 4-6, 2019.

You may be wondering, “What’s a CRIS, and why should it integrate with a repository?”

VIVO falls under a broad category of systems that aggregate research metadata, including research information management systems, research networking systems, research information systems, and current research information systems. Many faculty profile systems, expert finder systems and faculty activity systems also aggregate research information.

Around the world, repositories support and facilitate the research process, open access, compliance, and reporting, both within and outside institutions. Repositories may be implemented for different purposes, and they’re not always connected to a research information aggregator like VIVO, despite the resulting benefits to our global community.

Recognize a geographic theme? In Europe, CRIS systems have gained traction thanks in part to national mandates for open access and assessments of research. VIVO has a strong presence in Europe, as do DSpace and Fedora, and there are so many exciting developments in the European VIVO community. This year’s VIVO Conference is a great opportunity to get on board.

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SAVE THE DATE: 2019 DSpace North American Users Group Meeting

Wed, 17/04/2019 - 16:15

Please join us September 23 and 24, 2019 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis for the 2019 DSpace North American Users Group Meeting.

This meeting will provide opportunities to discuss ideas, best practices, use cases, and the future development of DSpace 7 with members of the DSpace community including repository developers, technology directors, and institutional repository managers. We anticipate a variety of discussions, presentations, lightning talks, and workshops as part of the program. We encourage members of the wider open repository community and those interested in learning more about the open source DSpace repository platform to participate.

The program committee will release a Call for Proposals in the next few weeks. More information about accommodations, registration, and schedule will be made available on the conference website.

The 2019 DSpace North American User Group Meeting is jointly sponsored by the University of Minnesota Libraries and the Texas Digital Library.

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VIVO Updates for April 14, 2019 — A DOI for VIVO software, VIVO Combine, RDA, CNI and Summit, ROR

Mon, 15/04/2019 - 04:11

VIVO 1.10.0 has a DOI  VIVO has a DOI! It is 10.5281/zenodo.2639713 This is a Zenodo archive DOI for release 1.10.0. This DOI is required to complete the Journal of Open Source Software paper which has submitted last fall. The paper’s favorable review has been completed and we expect publication shortly. You will also note that the VIVO repository README has been updated to include a Zenodo archive DOI badge. See https://github.com/vivo-project/VIVO A new wiki page has been created to document that the project now has a Zenodo community collection. The wiki page is here:  Zenodo Community Collection.  The Zenodo Community Collection is here:  https://zenodo.org/communities/vivo/ I’m currently the curator of the archive record at Zenodo. I’d love to have some community members join me as named archivists able to add things to the archive, mint new DOI as appropriate and execute the projects archive policy (to be written by project governance).

VIVO Combine Item 3 in the Product Direction for 2019 is “VIVO Combine” – a new piece of software for collecting metadata for scholarship, providing disambiguation of works and people, and curation by authors and curators.  We hope to form a Combine interest group soon and look forward to your ideas about it.  Several VIVO sites have sophisticated metadata collection and curation processes and are considering the approach to producing open source software for use in the scholarly ecosystem.  Look for an announcement soon.

RDA  I had a good visit to the 13th plenary Research Data Alliance meeting in Philadelphia.  FAIR data was all the rage, with many interest and working groups considering how best to make research data FAIR.  VIVO has a straightforward approach based on ontology, RDF, and TPF.  That is, VIVO can be deployed in a manner that provides FAIR data.  I am using this approach as part of an NIH grant to make metabolomic data more FAIR.  I am also contributing to a working group on representing specimens of various, which has recommended the VIVO ontology as an approach to FAIR specimen data.  I continue to work with the Data Foundations and Terminology group, as well as an emerging interest group on research graphs.  RDA participants understand that VIVO produces an institutional research graph based on its triple store and ontology.  The emergence of research graphs is a hot topic at RDA.  The next plenary will be held in October in Helsinki.  We hope to continue all these efforts there.

CNI and Summit  Last week I had a chance to see many members of the VIVO community at the Coalition for Networked Information meetings in St. Louis, followed by the Duraspace Summit.  The VIVO project had two breakouts – one focused on current technical initiatives, including the transition from the product evolution effort to the new VIVO Scholar Task Forceeffort, work beginning on a second version of the VIVO ontology (more about that here soon),  the VIVO Combine effort, and the recent work on VIVO 1.11, including additional decoupling and improvements in internationalization.  A second breakout considered the needs of the VIVO project in the context of the merger of Duraspace and LYRASIS.  Laurie Arp from LYRASIS participated in the breakout as an observer.  The VIVO Leadership Group is considering how best to create a strong future for the project.  Your thoughts about the merger and how VIVO might prosper in a new organization are very welcome.  Please share with any member of the leadership group, myself included.

ROR At both RDA and the CNI Meeting, presentations were made regarding ROR – the Research Organization Registry. See  http://ror.org ROR is an effort of the California Digital Library, CrossRef, Digital Science, and others to build on the work of the Digital Science GRID project.  GRID is a CC0 dataset of information regarding the research organizations of the world.  ROR uses the GRID data to provide identifiers, URI, a curation process and an open API for research organization data.  The goal is to create standard pick lists for publishers, repositories, and metadata integrates such as VIVO so that affiliation information is standardized across the ecosystem.  Expect to hear more about ROR – its policies, sustainability and its use in the VIVO ontology to provide common organizational assertions across VIVO implementations.

Reminders  See the VIVO Event Calendar for all VIVO meetings.  Register for the VIVO Conference.  Submit your work for presentation at the conference!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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AVAILABLE: The 2018 DuraSpace Annual Report

Fri, 05/04/2019 - 18:03

The 2018 DuraSpace Annual Report is now available with an overview of accomplishments, finances, and global membership. Download the Annual Report here.

With your support our organization took significant steps forward in 2018.

DuraSpace and the communities it serves are alive with ideas and innovation. Our team strives to meet the needs of the ever-expanding scholarly ecosystem that connects us all. Our international community of practitioners, strategic partners, and service providers continued to contribute to the growth, advances and adoption rate of DSpace, Fedora and VIVO in 2018. In addition, DuraSpace hosted services growth is lowering the barrier of entry for organizations who want to deploy open source technologies with the assistance of a not-for-profit. We are grateful for our community’s financial support, and for their engagement in the enterprise we share as we work together to provide enduring access to the world’s digital heritage.

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AVAILABLE: The 2018 Fedora Annual Report

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 17:29

The 2018 Fedora Annual Report is now available with an overview of accomplishments, achievements, members, progress, and events. Download the Annual Report here.

2018 was a year of accomplishments as the Fedora community delivered on key technical goals while expanding international membership and working together to design and execute a strategic plan.

The technical roadmap for 2018 included two primary goals: finalize the Fedora API specification and release Fedora 5.0, which represents the alignment of the software application with the API specification. Thanks to the support of the Fedora community, we were able to accomplish both of these goals by the end of the year.

We achieved tremendous international membership growth in 2018, with seven new DuraSpace members in support of Fedora from outside the United States. These new international memberships are the result of strategic outreach and engagement efforts, including support for international Fedora user group meetings, workshops and training camps, and representation for Fedora at international conferences and events.

While we accomplished great things in 2018, there is still plenty of work to do in 2019 and beyond. According to Robin Ruggaber, incoming Chair of the Fedora Leadership Group, “In 2019, the LG will focus initially on completion of a comprehensive roadmap which will support the completion of the Fedora API framework and tested implementations but will also chart the course for other aspects of the community of vital importance to the product. This work is essential to achieving objectives in communication, marketing, fundraising, and community expansion.”

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Introducing the International DuraSpace and Google Scholar Webinar Series

Tue, 02/04/2019 - 16:44

DuraSpace and Google Scholar are launching a series of webinars to address one of the most pressing issues in the DSpace community: how to configure a DSpace repository to be correctly  indexed by Google Scholar.

Inclusion in Scholar is extremely valuable for both researchers and institutions because it creates global visibility for scientific work and research publications.

The webinars will be delivered at a country level, in order to ensure that the correct local issues are addressed and fixed. To organize the webinars, DuraSpace is working with several different national DSpace User Groups. The user groups are helping with the translation of content and coordination of related activities.

After an overview of how the Google Scholar indexing system works, Monica Westin, Google Scholar, will discuss common indexing problems faced by repositories and provide guidance on how to fix them. She will also demonstrate how to check for Scholar coverage of your repository. Recordings of the webinars and accompanying  documentation will be publicly available on the DuraSpace wiki pages dedicated to the different regional user groups.

Many countries have already expressed interest in the webinar series. We hope others will join us. The first webinar will be for the Brazilian community on April 22, 2019, followed by a webinar for the Peruvian community on April 26, 2019.

To register please use the following links:

Brazilian webinar

Peruvian webinar

If you are interested in the webinar and you think it would be a valuable initiative in your country, please contact Michele Mennielli (mmennielli@duraspace.org).

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