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What is VIVO?

VIVO enables the discovery of researchers across institutions. Participants in the network include institutions with local installations of VIVO or those with research discovery and profiling applications that can provide semantic web!-compliant data. The information accessible through VIVO's search and browse capability will reside and be controlled locally, within institutional VIVOs or other semantic web-compliant applications.

VIVO is an open source semantic web application originally developed and implemented at Cornell. When installed and populated with researcher interests, activities, and accomplishments, it enables the discovery of research and scholarship across disciplines at that institution and beyond. VIVO supports browsing and a search function which returns faceted results for rapid retrieval of desired information. Content in any local VIVO installation may be maintained manually,  brought into VIVO in automated ways from local systems of record, such as HR, grants, course, and faculty activity databases, or from database providers such as publication aggregators and funding agencies.

The rich semantically structured data in VIVO support and facilitate research discovery. Examples of applications that consume these rich data include: visualizations, enhanced multi-site search through VIVO Search, and applications such as VIVO Searchlight, a browser bookmarklet which uses text content of any webpage to search for relevant VIVO profiles, and the Inter-Institutional Collaboration Explorer, an application which allows visualization of collaborative institutional partners, among others.

VIVO Activities & Partners

There are diverse activities associated with the VIVO project, across federal agencies, academic institutions, professional societies, for-profit publishers, and data providers, as well as a variety of efforts with the semantic web and ontology! development communities. Significant partners include CASRAI (Consortium Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information), EuroCRIS (Current Research Information Systems) and the ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) Initiative.  Adopters of the VIVO platform include: the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Psychological Association and the Publish Trust Project, the Australian-based ANDS VIVO project, and a growing number of universities around the world. Producers of VIVO-compliant data also include: Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Consortium institutions, Harvard Profiles, Elements from Symplectic Limited, and Elsevier’s SciVal Experts.

There are a number of efforts that have been extending VIVO in the Integrated Semantic Framework to cover research resources, ranging from datasets to spacecraft and their scientific instruments, to agriculture, cell lines, and research impact . VIVO is a network in which more than 100 institutions and agencies across more than 30 countries are implementing VIVO or producing VIVO-compatible data. Scroll to the bottom of to see some of the sites.

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Partner Institutions on the NIH-funded VIVO Project (2009-2012)


-- VIVO team at the VIVO Conference 2010 at the New York Hall of Science on 8/13/2010.

NIH Award Senior and Key Personnel
Michael Conlon, University of Florida, Principal Investigator
Katy Borner, Indiana University, Bloomington Kristi Holmes, Washington University, St. Louis
Curtis Cole, Weill Medical College, Cornell University Gerald Joyce, The Scripps Research Institute
Jon Corson-Rikert, Cornell University, Ithaca Dean B. Krafft, Cornell University, Ithaca
Ellen J. Cramer, Cornell University, Ithaca Leslie McIntosh, Washington University, St. Louis
Valrie I. Davis, University of Florida Richard Noel, Ponce Medical School


VIVO was originally funded by Cornell University and the National Institutes of Health (U24 RR029822) and is currently a community-supported incubator project under the DuraSpace umbrella.

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