Implementing Curriculum Vitae and Biosketch Rich Text

Implementing Curriculum Vitae and Biosketch Rich Text Format
export in VIVO
A justifiable expectation for any user entering data into a
system is that they will be able to get it out. If you are able to
get your data back out of a system in a more organized or
useful way than it was entered you might be lucky. With the
help of the VIVO development teams the University of Florida
has been able to allow end users of their VIVO implementation
to export a very useful format of their data, a Curriculum Vitae
or a Biosketch that is in rich text format, or RTF. The typical
scenario is that you have a grant application due soon and you
need an updated biosketch or CV. This usually involves digging
through old files or emails to find the last copy you updated.
With the rich export we are able to provide you with the most
updated information in an editable format so you don’t have to
The University of Florida had a need to develop a biosketch
VIVO Application Server
export capability to help faculty with their curriculum vitae and
biosketch data. The DVDocs application was developed by
University of Pittsburgh as part of their Faculty Profiles system,
VIVO 1.4.1
and through a mini-grant provided by VIVO a VIVO-doc-gen
utility was created. This set of tools is built on several open
source tools, and is deployed into a Tomcat instance.
Once deployed to the UF Tomcat instance, it becomes a RESTful style interface in the format:
Tomcat 6
Apache 2
RMAT&filetype=OUTPUTTYPE - and as a full example here is
Application resides on the
the link to an actual faculty member at UF:
VIVO application server along the rest of the VIVO
gen/ The
application infrastructure.
interesting piece of this puzzle is that once an institution
deploys this on a publicly available site, it is useable by anyone
with a VIVO instance. A person would only need to plug their
values into the spots in capitals to review their CV or Biosketch.
The output types are currently PDF or RTF, with UF choosing to
go with RTF so that it is editable by the faculty member.
The press of the button generates
a call to the DV-DOCs web
service, passing it in the VIVO
server web address, the individual
node identifier, the output format,
and the type of file you want.
The DV-DOCs web service
makes a call to a VIVO
functionality, known as richexport, to run a sequence of
SPARQL queries that generate
the output required to
generate the document.
Christopher P. Barnes2, Vincent J. Sposato1, Mike Conlon3, Nicholas Rejack3, Rene Ziede1
Enterprise Software Engineering, Academic Health Center IT, University of Florida, 2 Clinical and Translational Science IT Group, Academic Health
Center IT, University of Florida, 3 Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Florida
The DV-DOCs code then
applies an XML Style Sheet
(XSL) file to the resulting
RDF/XML output. This
takes the RDF data and
turns it into the finalized
document that gets output
to the user's browser.
In order to prevent a public
VIVO site from being bogged
down, it is important to add a
disallow statement to your
robots.txt for the /dv-docs/
virtual directory to prevent
Google and other search
engines from crawling the DVDOCs links. (Example:
Disallow: /dv-docs/)

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