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  1. A description of the scope of VIVO and its ontologies in content & quality.  In order to ensure that the scope is well-defined, it might help to collect local ontology extensions from individual implementations and see if there is a common need that VIVO doesn't address.
  2. Develop a process for reporting ontology needs.  Currently there are several places this might be done.  We should have a place that is sufficient for the work and can be shared broadly.
  3. Make two ontology changes (one relatively easy, and one that would require a change in the software) and then deliver a technical plan and a communication plan to support these changes.


  1. Recap of discussion at Birds of a Feather meeting at conference.
  2. Next steps for deliverable 2 – a wiki page?
  3. Update on action items (see below)
  4. Process for making changes – see Ontology Change Process (draft)


Notes will be available at

Completed items

  1. Deliverable 1 has been completed.  See
  2. Create a group of committers and reviewers.  See
  3. Create a folder of exported VIVO ontology files from VIVO 1.9.2.  See
  4. Triage and move issues from community repository to the master repository. Done

    1. Issues moved from community to vivo-isf-ontology.  Tagged VIVO as appropriate.

    2. Additional issues opened in community

    3. Issues from VIVO JIRA added to community of vivo-isf-ontology as appropriate

    4. VIVO JIRA ontology issues opened to stay in synch (2 pending close were not added)

    5. 18 issues in community,  37 vivo issues in vivo-isf, 45 ontology issues in VIVO Jira

Action items

  1. Explore track changes in Web protege (done?)

  2. Complete deliverable 2 (next step?)

  3. Explore Robot tool (actively supported) for ontology improvement and VIVO extraction. Run their tests (in progress)

  4. Complete the Ontology Change Process. See (in progress)

  5. Create a viable VIVO-ISF master containing VIVO ontologies (in progress)

    1. See summary of ontology sources here:

  6. Javed to present his ontology for tracking ontology changes at a future meeting (August 28?)

  7. Define roles and responsibilities of participants -- analyst, editor, committer, tester (not started)

  8. Create workflows and documentation (“instruction manuals”) for each of those roles (not started)