Improve science by providing the means for sharing and using current, accurate, and precise information regarding scientists' interests, activities, and accomplishments.
Foster team science collaboration and sharing by providing tools for enhancing new teams and identifying potential collaborators.
Facilitate team science.
What is VIVO?
Contains information regarding scientists' interests, activities, and accomplishments.
Utilize VIVO to form new and expanding research teams.
Help everyone find USDA research and researchers in a one-stop-shop.
Support the acceleration of team science among Federal, private and university researchers.
Improve visibility (accuracy, currency, and breadth) of information about science.
Stimulate scientific discovery.
Providing and maintaining organization-hosted information such as Current Research Information System (CRIS), Agricultural Research Information System (ARIS) and Research Information Tracking System (RITS).
Facilitating and supporting science working with Federal and university libraries.
Neutral, trusted institutional entities.
Information technology, information management, and dissemination expertise.
Subject experts; experience in outreach and training.
Knowledge of institutional, research, and educational landscapes.
Service ethic; tradition of research support.
Recognition of challenges posed by user communities.
VIVO profile allows researchers to:
Illustrate academic, social, and research networks.
Showcase special skills or expertise.
Establish connections and communities within research areas and geographic expertise.
Summarize credentials and professional achievements.
Publish the VIVO URL or link their profiles to other applications.
Much of the data in VIVO profiles is ingested from authoritative sources so it is accurate and current, reducing the need for manual input.
Private or sensitive information is never imported into VIVO. Only public information will be stored and displayed.
Data is housed and maintained at the local organization. There it can be updated on a regular basis.
The rich information in VIVO profiles can be repurposed and shared with other organizational Web pages and consumers, reducing cost and increasing efficiencies.
VIVO harvests much of its data automatically from verified sources, with the following results:
The need for manual data input is reduced.
Information is centralized, and an integrated source of data is provided at an organizational level.
Profiles can be browsed or located through a faceted search capability to enable searching in several ways and for a variety of purposes.
People can be located by name, agency, research unit, research interest, or geographic location.
Major VIVO components:
An open source semantic Web-based application
A customizable display theme, ontology, and installation environment
Additional new software to enable a distributed "Resource Description Framework" or RDF network comprised of other VIVO systems.
How does VIVO represent data?
Technically, VIVO data is structured in the form of "triples" as subject-predicate-object.
Concepts and their relationships use a shared ontology to facilitate the harvesting of data from multiple sources.