What is VIVO?
VIVO is member-supported, open source software and an ontology for
representing scholarship. VIVO supports recording, editing, searching,
browsing, and visualizing scholarly activity. VIVO encourages showcasing
the scholarly record, research discovery, expert finding, network
analysis, and assessment of research impact. VIVO is easily extended to
support additional domains of scholarly activity.
When installed and populated with researcher interests, activities,
and accomplishments by an institution, VIVO 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 a
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.
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 include: Clinical and Translational Science Award
(CTSA) Consortium institutions, Harvard Profiles, Elements from
Symplectic Limited, Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science, InCites, and
Converis, and Elsevier’s SciVal Experts and Pure.
There are a number of efforts that have been extending the VIVO-ISF
ontology to represent research contributions, research resources,
ranging from datasets to spacecraft, to agriculture, cell lines, and
research impact. VIVO is a network in which more than 140 institutions
and agencies in more than 25 countries are implementing VIVO or
producing VIVO-compatible data. See the VIVO site registry for a list.