VIVO 2015 Conference
Plan to attend these informative workshops on Wednesday, August 12th! Simply register for them as you register for the full VIVO conference.  

Morning Sessions (8:30am - 12:00pm)

Ontology Editing and Creating Semantic Applications

Presenters: Rebecca Younes, Jon Corson-Rikert and Jim Blake, Cornell University

As an integrated ontology editor and semantic web application, Vitro provides the flexible, ontology-­neutral technology at the core of VIVO. This workshop will introduce Vitro as an independent application through a combination of demonstrations and hands­‐on exercises. Workshop participants will gain an appreciation of Vitro’s power and flexibility as a tool for ontology and data management, data browsing, and searching. They will acquire practical skills in installing, configuring, and using the software to create a working prototype of a semantic web application.  Bring an idea for an ontology-driven application, explore iterative refinements to an ontology and simple software customizations, and gain insights into how VIVO builds on Vitro. 

Getting More From Your VIVO: Generating Reports and Functional Datasets For Analysis

Presenters: Mike Conlon, University of Florida; Shahim Essaid, OHSU; Melissa Haendel, OHSU; Kristi Holmes, Northwestern

Research information systems are important tools for individuals, institutions, and consortia and can inform decision making, assessment, and collaborative activities. This workshop will cover the concept of research impact and indicators of impact within the VIVO ontology, business processes, and workflow for generating reports and datasets from your VIVO. Attendees of the workshop will gain a better perspective of strategies to identify and monitor research impact using their systems and a recipe book (including sparql queries) to generate meaningful reports and data sets. Attendees will be able to participate in hands-on work with the VIVO-ISF ontology to identify existing indicators and brainstorm possible ontology extensions for incorporation into the data framework. Finally, an open discussion on consortial approaches for use of this data will conclude the session.

Introduction to VIVO: Planning, Policy, and Implementation

Presenters: Julia Trimmer, Duke University; Liz Tomich, University of Colorado-Boulder; Michealeen Trimarchi, Scripps Research Institute; Robert McDonald, Indiana University;  Paul Albert, Weill Cornell Medical College

Come hear an overview from the institutional perspective! Learn about VIVO, how is it used, where the data come from, how is it managed, and what downstream services can be developed to meet institutional needs.  Understand how to find the right resources as a new VIVO project manager — sources of data, what skills are needed for the team, how to connect and learn from other VIVO projects, etc. Explore best practices for starting a successful VIVO project and understand how VIVO fits into the various eScience and international standards efforts. Finally, find out more about how you can participate in the VIVO community and how you can get engaged from a user and policy perspective. 

Afternoon Sessions (1:00pm - 4:30pm)

Altmetrics 101 - Hands on Introduction to Altmetrics

Presenter: Andrea Michalek, Plum Analytics; Stacy Konkiel, Altmetric

Interested in getting more value out of your VIVO implementation? Wondering how you can get a better picture of the influence of the scholarly outputs of your institution? Curious about some of the new metrics like altmetrics that are being widely used to assess attention and influence?  Join Andrea Michalek from Plum Analytics and Stacy Konkiel from Altmetric for an afternoon of discussion, hands-on activities, and practical guidance on how you can take your VIVO or other scholarly discovery system to the next level.

Awesome Apps to Enhance Your VIVO 

Presenters: Violeta Ilik, Northwestern University, Alexandre Rademaker, Fundação Getulio Vargas & IBM Research, Chris Barnes, University of Florida; Ted Lawless, Brown University; and Jim Blake, Cornell University

The VIVO platform has been designed to lower barriers for data interchange and re-use by standard data formats, ontologies, and identifiers consistent with Semantic Web best practices. This workshop will highlight tools and applications that work in concert with or alongside VIVO to provide new functionality in ways limited only by developer creativity. The workshop will present an overview of open source tools for populating a VIVO and demonstrate applications ranging from error checking, reporting, and CV generation to novel visualizations of organizational structure, syndication of data to other websites, and opportunities to work with VIVO-compatible data across institutions and software platforms. Find out more about how you can participate in the VIVO technical community (e.g., how to connect with the Apps and Tools working group, where to find us on GitHub, setting up wiki and Jira accounts, how to get the code and get a Vagrant instance running, how to do a pull request, how to get involved in testing, how to improve the ontology, etc). No prior knowledge of VIVO or semantic technologies will be assumed, and presenters will highlight opportunities to participate in community evaluation, sharing, and improvement. Open source project participation offers many personal career benefits including training, mentoring, leadership development, travel, and fun, for developers as well as non-technical people interested in learning as well as contributing.

Managing Your Data Flows: Architecture and Data Provenance For Your Institution

Presenters: John Fereira, Cornell University;  Violeta Ilik, Northwestern University; Alex Viggio, Symplectic Ltd.

VIVO aims to support an open and networked research ecosystem. This workshop will apply methods to understand VIVO’s interaction with various data source and the existing data ingest needs and challenges, highlighting how one can architect data ingest flows into your VIVO. We will cover the use of Karma, the VIVO harvester, and how Symplectic uses the Harvester, and how these tools are connected architecturally to the whole of the VIVO platform. The goal is to understand the diversity of tools and learn why and how different approaches to data ingest would meet specific use cases.