VIVO 2013 Conference
Plan to attend these informative workshops on Wednesday, August 14th!  Simply register for them as you register for the full VIVO conference.   

Morning Sessions (8:30 AM – 12:00 PM)

An Introduction to VIVO

Presenters: The VIVO Team

An overview of VIVO designed to help attendees learn how to make VIVO a success at their institution. Topics include: A VIVO overview; case studies of VIVO implementations; adoption and outreach activities; the VIVO ontology; leveraging VIVO with queries and reports; and the technical implementation of VIVO.

Online Privacy Policy: Policy Perspectives for the VIVO Platform 

Presenters: Debra N. Diener, J.D. Certified Information Privacy Professional with a Government Specialization (Identity Ecosystem Steering Group, Privacy Committee); Hal Warren, Director, APA Trust Lab, American Psychological Association; Bryan Dennis, PhD, Project Consultant, APA Trust Lab, American Psychological Association; Eva Winer, Manager of Publishing Innovation, APA Trust Lab, American Psychological Association

The online world continues to rapidly change with new considerations emerging about how individual identities are established; what control individuals should have over their identities; and how personal attributes are aggregated and shared. Privacy policies need to adapt to, and reflect, this new online environment. Building on the APA’s privacy policy use case for the open APA VIVO implementation and private Publish Trust Framework, participants will learn key policy requirements and technical implications for attribute privacy, security, sharing and reuse, and specific privacy provisions that should be included for US and international VIVO communities.  This will be a “BYOD” (Bring Your Own [Privacy Policy] Document) workshop with an opportunity to share, review and revise participants’ respective privacy policies in light of the requirements discussed in the workshop.

Going Under the Hood of Profiles RNS

Presenters: Griffin M Weber, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; and Eric Meeks, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Profiles Research Networking Software (RNS) ( is an open source Semantic Web research networking platform based on the VIVO ontology. This workshop explains several algorithms and features of Profiles RNS and teaches the audience how to configure and extend the platform. Topics include adding new ontologies and content types, using the Pubmed disambiguation engine, understanding and tuning the search algorithm, importing and exporting data, and adding and configuring Open Research Networking Gadgets (ORNG) ( This workshop will be useful to institutions using or evaluating Profiles RNS as well as developers of other research networking tools.

Tracking and Evaluation on the Individual and Enterprise Level

Presenters: Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences Tracking & Evaluation team: WU ICTS Administrative Core, WU Clinical Research Training Center, WU Center for for Public Health Systems Science, and Bernard Becker Medical Library

This workshop will discuss activities and approaches involved with tracking and evaluation activities of large complex academic enterprises, including Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA). The content of this workshop will be of relevance to anyone interested in evaluation activities on the individual or group level and can be applied to the evaluation of any entity, large or small. Topics to be discussed include data collection (including sources and metrics), analyses and approaches, dissemination activities, and impact.

Afternoon Sessions (1:00 PM – 4:30 PM)

Data Integration: Importing Data from External Systems into VIVO

Presenters: Stephen V. Williams, University of Colorado Boulder

Acquiring data from external systems is a fundamental part of installing a faculty profiling system at any institution.  This workshop will cover hands-on interaction with pulling external data into VIVO, overviews of several community methods for data integration, and discussion of best practices from noted VIVO Implementers.

VIVO Data and Visualizations: Design and Usage

Presenters: Robert Light and Chin Hua Kong, Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, SLIS, Indiana University

An established VIVO instance is a treasure trove of valuable data waiting to be visualized and explored. This workshop will examine the tools that VIVO offers to visualize data, but will also look at some ways that users can retrieve information from VIVO and how that data can be used in other visualization tools (using the Science of Science Tool ( as the example) to create novel visualizations and insights. Finally, we’ll take a look at the various efforts to explore data across VIVO instances, including ( and the International Researcher Network (

Integrating and Harvesting Multiple Data Sources with Symplectic Elements

Presenters: Graham Triggs, Head of Repository Systems, Symplectic Ltd

This workshop will demonstrate the extensions to University of Florida's VIVO Harvester, to allow the harvesting of user and publication data (and more) from Symplectic Elements. It will show the benefits to defining and managing relationships between users and publications, and the ability to disambiguate data coming from multiple bibliographic sources. We will cover how to customize the mapping of data from Elements into the VIVO system for your own needs, as well as showing how this data could be re-used for other purpose, or combined with other data inside your VIVO instance.

Customize VIVO to Meet Your Needs

Presenters: Jim Blake and Tim Worrall, Cornell University

Jim Blake and Tim Worrall are members of the VIVO core developer team at Cornell University. They will describe each of the available customization techniques, and show examples of their use. This workshop will include features that are new in release 1.6. Topics include: A walk through the VIVO and Vitro code base: where do most modifications take place?; Creating a custom theme; What is Freemarker, and how is it used in VIVO?; Creating custom Freemarker templates; Adding pages to your VIVO installation; Retrieving additional data for display; Customizing the menu; Why would you add custom types to the VIVO ontology?; Where to find help.