VIVO: Online Networking and Research Management for Scientists


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An overview including why to use VIVO; who uses VIVO; implementation; and the role of the library in supporting VIVO. Originally delivered at Science, Technology, and Medical Librarians Special Interest Group, Metropolitan New York Library Council.

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  • 1. Linked Open Data → the Semantic Web → “Web 3.0” 2. The Semantic Web: metadata added to Web pages that helps computers read and interpret the Internet (RDF: language designed for the semantic web) 3. VIVO is readable by people or machines
  • View profiles at Cornell Med: Co-author network
  • Note that the provenance of the data (i.e., HR) in VIVO is better than with self-edited online profiles
  • Public also welcome to view VIVO profiles
  • Most teams fail, but those that succeed do so spectacularly (Contractor) – Who goes on the team casts the die
  • IT team must: find data; get permission; map data into right format; load data to ORACLE to test IT team needs ontology expert, proficient with SPARQL, OWL How good/bad is the data in your institution’s directory ? Must distinguish depts. from divisions from programs, who is staff, who is faculty, etc. * Potential role for a librarian
  • Publications harvesting may involve agreements with vendors Author disambiguation becomes a major issue when dealing with thousands of faculty
  • Cornell has a VIVO “curator” at each of its libraries Outreach can include: agreements with vendors for pub info, etc.; faculty annual reporting Library could do a needs assessment to identify target audiences
  • VIVO: Online Networking and Research Management for Scientists

    1. 1. VIVO: ONLINE NETWORKING AND RESEARCH MANAGEMENT FOR SCIENTISTS John Carey Hunter College Health Professions Library October 15, 2010
    2. 2. VIVO Enabling collaboration and discovery between scientists and across all disciplines? There’s an app for that. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, U24 RR029822.
    3. 3. Inception “The idea of VIVO was to transcend administrative divisions and create a single point of access for scholarly interaction.” Medha Devare, VIVO Outreach Brooks, E., Case, C., Corson-Rikert, J. et al. (2010). National VIVO network implementation plan, p. 3. Retrieved from
    4. 4. Linked Open Data and the Semantic Web A lot of data, a little semantics Linking and aggregatin g to take best advantage of what’s out there Linking Open Data cloud diagram, by Richard Cyganiak and Anja Jentzsch.
    5. 5. Partner Institutions
    6. 6. VIVO Profiles Affiliation Publications Research Teaching Contact info, website
    7. 7. Why Use VIVO?  Populated with information from verified sources (not input by users)  Uses controlled vocabulary to standardize and retrieve information  Readable by people or machines / apps  Centralized, searchable
    8. 8. Who Uses VIVO?  Researchers, faculty  Administrators  Funding agencies, donors  Students looking for an academic program  The public
    9. 9. Benefits for the Scientist  Team Science  More work now done in teams  That work more effective (per impact factor)  Teams with members from varying disciplines more effective  VIVO → “Virtual” team science N. Contractor, Keynote Speech, VIVO National Conference, August 12, 2010.
    10. 10. Implementation Team MinimumFTEs:  Programmer/analyst (for data ingest)  Systems administrator (maintains computers and network)  Information Management*  Training and Outreach*
    11. 11. Critical Databases Publications , Grants, and HR  Human resources  Personal info, background  Bio sketches from departments  Institutional grants database  Publications  Harvesting  Author disambiguation
    12. 12. The Library’s Role  Information Architecture  Maintain metadata standards  Negotiate with data stewards (internal or external)  Outreach  Performed by subject specialists/liaisons  Market and promote VIVO to faculty
    13. 13. Support  National VIVO Network Implementation Plan  Subscribe to VIVO newsletter  Request a webinar demo  Media Kit for help with local marketing at your institution Tutorials, etc. to come