2015 Vireo User Group Meeting

The Vireo Users Group reached a milestone with record turnout (standing room only) at the Users Group meeting on September 30th at the USETDA 2015 Conference held in Austin, TX. In addition to many current Vireo users, many first-time attendees expressed an enthusiastic interest in learning more about how Vireo could work to their benefit.  The growth in numbers of institutions choosing to adopt Vireo as well as the incredible rate of development is something I am truly excited to see and experience.

Kristi Park, Executive Director of Texas Digital Library (TDL), shared the highlights from the TDL Metadata Working Group’s report and updated guidelines for ETD metadata.  A link to the report is available at https://tdl-ir.tdl.org/tdl-ir/handle/2249.1/68437.    Although the report and guidelines are for ETDs in general, we are fortunate that the group took a close look at Vireo and made recommendations to more closely align metadata output with the new guidelines, and these recommendations to update mapping of specific existing fields will be included in the next Vireo release.   The VUG Steering Committee will review the remainder of the recommendations before requesting feedback from the Users Group.

On behalf of the VUG I would like to extend our thanks to the members of the TDL Metadata Working Group who devoted a significant amount of time and research over the past year to complete this project:  Kara Long (Baylor); Colleen Lyon (UT-Austin); Sarah Potvin (Texas A&M), Chair; Monica Rivero (Rice); Santi Thompson (UHouston).

Gad Krumholz, Senior Software Engineer at TDL, provided an update on the current development of Vireo 4.  TDL and Texas A&M are partnering to rewrite Vireo using the Spring Framework.   I am delighted to report that one of the most anticipated and requested enhancement requests will be included in Vireo 4:  the ability to create customized submission forms and workflows based on degree level or other factors.

Watch the listserv for announcements of upcoming development demos.  The sprint cycles are scheduled through mid-December and the release is expected in Spring 2016.