Archive for the ‘VIVO’ Category

VIVO (Update)

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Seeing the webinar on ViVO, Semantic Mashups Across Large, Heterogeneous Institutions:… reminded me it had been more than a year since I had visited the VIVO site (VIVO – An interdisciplinary national network).

I visited VIVO today and they appear to have the same seven (7) institutional sponsors as they did in March of 2012.

I did not find a list of other institutions that have downloaded and installed VIVO.

The University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Library has but I did not see any others.

Does anyone else have a feel for the use of this project?


Semantic Mashups Across Large, Heterogeneous Institutions:…

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Semantic Mashups Across Large, Heterogeneous Institutions: Experiences from the VIVO Service

May 22, 2013
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

About the webinar:

VIVO is a semantic web application focused on discovering researchers and research publications in the life sciences. The service, which uses open-source software originally developed and implemented at Cornell University, operates by harvesting data about researcher interests, activities, and accomplishments from academic, administrative, professional, and funding sources. Using a built-in, editable ontology for describing things such as People, Courses, and Publications, data is transformed into a Semantic-Web-compliant form. VIVO provides automated and self-updating processes for improving data quality and authenticity. Starting with a classic Google-style search box, VIVO users can browse search results structured around people, research interests, courses, publications, and the like — data that can be exposed for re-use by other systems in a machine-readable format.

This webinar, held by a veteran at the Albert R. Mann Library Information Technology Services department at Cornell, where the VIVO project was born, presents the perspective of a software developer on the practicalities of building a high-quality Semantic-Web search service on existing data maintained in dozens of formats and software platforms at large, diverse institutions. The talk will highlight services that leverage the Semantic Web platform in innovative ways, e.g., for finding researchers based on the text content of a particular Web page and for visualizing networks of collaboration across institutions.

Hosted by NISO, you may want to check the registration fees before deciding to attend. Or having a member of your department to attend and share what they learn.

VIVO – An interdisciplinary national network

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

VIVO – An interdisciplinary national network

From the “about” page:

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.

Download the VIVO flyer.

Would be very interested to hear from adopters outside of the current “collaborative institutional partners.”

I don’t doubt that VIVO will prove to be useful but as you know, I am interested in collaborations that lie just beyond the reach of any particular framework.