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What is VIVO?

VIVO is an open-source, Semantic Web application that enables the discovery of research and scholarship across disciplines in an institution.

VIVO contains detailed profiles of researchers that display items such as publications, teaching, and grants. These profiles are linked to each other and to additional department information.

VIVO supports faceted searching for quick retrieval of data. This is a powerful search functionality for locating people and information within or across institutions.

VIVO at the University of Idaho

The University of Idaho Library is in the process of implementing a VIVO instance, accessible here: We are gradually incorporating groups of researchers into VIVO and would like to include as many researcher profiles as possible to enhance the browsability, visualizations, and search capabilities.

Becoming a part of VIVO is easy, and won't require any data entry on your part, as we will be able to gather most data from online databases such as PubMed to populate the system automatically. If you'd like to get started, simply email the Scholarly Communications Librarian, Annie Gaines, at and inform her of your willingness to participate.

What does VIVO do?

When installed and populated with researcher interests, publications, activities, and accomplishments, VIVO enables the discovery of research and scholarship across disciplines at the originating institution and beyond. Data inputted into a local VIVO installation is harvested via automated processes from local record keeping systems, faculty databases, CVs, and database providers such as funding agencies (NIH, NSF, etc.) or publication aggregators (Web of Science, PubMed, etc.).

The semantically structured data in VIVO supports and facilitates research discovery with visualizations. Some examples are the Map of Science and Co-Author Network.

Inter-Institutional Collaboration
Explorer Visualization

VIVO data also powers an enhanced multisite 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, as well as the Inter-Institutional Collaboration Explorer, an application which allows visualization of collaborative institutional partners (see left).

To date, more than 100 institutions representing more than 1 million researchers and professors across more than 25 countries are implementing VIVO or producing VIVO compatible data.

Why use VIVO?

Incorporating data about your research with the University of Idaho (and with affiliate organizations) provides a unique opportunity to gather disparate pieces of information all in one place using VIVO's linked data structure. This linked data structure is easily read and incorporated by search engines and web applications, increasing the discoverability of the research it describes and enabling the reuse, reporting, and visualization of personal and institutional information. For instance, once the University of Idaho VIVO is fully populated, our data would be included in search results from VIVO Search , alongside Harvard, Cornell, and Indiana University as well as any other institutions in the VIVO system.

Start Using VIVO

You can use VIVO just by taking a look around

Click on any of the headings to begin navigating though the site.

Use the search box to search for colleagues, papers, journals, or university organizations. Try searching for keywords such as protein or fish to see the multi-faceted search options the system provides.

When you find a profile of interest, click on the co-author visualization icon on the right of the screen to see with whom your colleague publishes. Or click on the map of science visualization icon to see a map of a person's (or organization's) research activity.

More About VIVO

The rapid growth of VIVO and of VIVO-compatible data sources speaks to the fundamental need to transform scholarship for the twenty-first century. VIVO information is open. VIVO freely provides information regarding scholarship to the wider network of researchers; its data can be displayed on institutional web pages or accessed by software for aggregation across institutions. This fundamentally new capability creates opportunities for additional support of scholarship and discovery.

Using VIVO allows the work of scholars around the world to be visible. Using VIVO, researchers can discover current work through a variety of types, including papers, presentations, events, research equipment, and datasets. Search functions locate projects, people, and organizations involved in specific scholarship activities. VIVO also allows administrators to gain a deeper understanding of the relationships of investments, productivity, and research impact at the university. Perhaps most importantly, the open data format of VIVO creates an opportunity to promote the work of the University while gaining perspective on peers.

VIVO is not just for the sciences, as all disciplines in the University can benefit from improved information regarding previous and current work. VIVO is also an ideal platform to visualize cross-disciplinary collaboration and the importance of diverse research connections in an academic environment.

For more information on VIVO see: VIVOWeb.

Also, to see an example of a well populated VIVO database, view the University of Florida's VIVO instance here:

Some of the language above was incorporated from:

Börner, K., Conlon, M., Corson-Rikert, J., and Ding, Y., VIVO: A Semantic Approach to Scholarly Networking and Discovery, 2012, Morgan-Claypool Publisher, ISBN 978-1-60845-993-3.

Garcia-Milian, Rolando, et al. Role of Librarians in the Development of Computer-Mediated Social Networks: Challenges and Lessons Learned from VIVO Implementation and Outreach. Conference Presentation, 2011.