Information about the VIVO application and its functionality
VIVO technology is a semantic web! application coupled with an ontology! editor. It uses the Resource Description Framework (RDF)! and supports customizable browsing. Information in VIVO is stored as "triples!" of the form subject-predicate-object; for example, John Doe (subject) - is author of (predicate) - "The Effect of Video Games on Kids" (object). With VIVO, you can create and load ontologies, edit relationships, build a public web site to display data, and search it using the Apache Solr search engine.
VIVO is not a system of record although some parts of a user's profile may represent the sole source of particular information such as short bio statements, research interests, or geographic areas of focus.
In general, VIVO is not designed to archive information. The system is designed as a window into current research activity within or across institutions.
Many software applications can benefit from using the information that will be maintained in the distributed international network of locally-managed VIVO installations and other software platforms producing VIVO-compatible data. Using Linked Data, applications and external web sites can use data from the network to provide enhanced searches, collaboration capabilities, grouping, and locating and mapping scientists and their work. If you have an application or idea that would leverage the information VIVO provides, please let us know via our contact form.
VIVO profiles will only contain public data pertaining to research and scholarship activities. No sensitive information will be collected. Therefore, items pertaining to salaries, employment history, job evaluations, etc. will never be held or displayed in VIVO.
Funding granted from 2009-2012 for the VIVO project from the U.S. National Institutes of Health specified that VIVO serve as a distributed architecture to support the discovery of researchers across institutions managed under local control. As VIVO adoption has grown in the U.S. and internationally, individual institutions continue to benefit from the VIVO application while providing data sharing a common ontological model for interoperability regionally, nationally, and internationally.
A prototype demonstrating search across eight institutions including seven VIVO sites and Harvard's Profiles software can be seen at http://vivosearch.org. VIVO has established an incubator project with DuraSpace, a prominent not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization leading several community source development efforts.
You may download VIVO from the download page or see the full range of VIVO-related source code on GitHub. Mailing lists, a project wiki, and an IRC channel will help you to learn more and communicate with project members and others working with VIVO. Contact us if you want to be notified of updates on the VIVO project or to obtain specific information.