A list of why VIVO is important to different constituencies - a very pragmatic list with practical examples. Please add to this list as you can.

Open Science & Discovery

  • Point to data sets and research products
  • Encourages sharing of data regarding scholarship
  • Common data representations used across multiple systems

Basic scientists

  • All data is linked within the context of a person - and that data can lead to other valuable sources
  • You can individually brand yourself/research
  • Links can help your search engine rankings rise quickly.
  • Getting funding (linking research to grants).
  • Opening research to the world (imagine having your citations displayed on your affiliate society pages and beyond).
  • Finding collaborators (simplifies the process of identifying experts in a field and reaching out to them).
  • Being "found" by potential collaborators.
  • VIVO can help junior faculty and trainees identify mentors.
  • Find campus events and take advantage of local opportunities.
  • Highlight teaching expertise/responsibilities. Teaching is often a thankless job on campus.
  • Keep current on research in my department, on my campus.
  • Find core research facilities and people with expertise within the cores.
  • Track collaborators.
  • Track competitors.
  • Find support services on campus - library liaison, support personnel within administrative groups, etc.
  • Highlight a changed research direction. Publications often lag ~2 years behind what's actually being done in the lab (Research_Objective statement is a vehicle for this).
  • VIVO's ontology makes information easily findable


  • Search for upcoming conferences, seminars, workshops, and trainings
  • Find resources (labs/facilities) for screening and assessment.
  • Find related articles, research conducted within an institution.
  • Connect with other research areas or groups within an institution.
  • Create work groups for case studies.
  • Re-purpose VIVO data for practice websites.
  • Gain visibility of work.
  • Organize fund raising events to assist with funding research or grants/scholarships.
  • Start discussions about new clinical findings.
  • Interact with colleagues within the same field to gather insight and ask questions.
  • Utilize VIVO to educate and promote preventive health.
  • Find referral doctors in other fields.
  • Find an expert who specializes in a particular procedure or protocol.
  • Enable a physician to identify potential clinical trials that her/his patient might find of interest .
  • Enable community groups to identify physicians who might have similar interests for future collaborations (especially important in the age of translational science - taking the fruits of translational research out and ultimately benefiting the community).
  • highlight links/content of interest to their patients. For example - a researcher who works with a particular genetic disease might wish to share a link to local and national support groups for patients and their advocates.

Librarians/IS people

  • Will help them to stay in touch with their departments and integrate them into various research efforts.
  • The semantic web allow them to take our rich research output and make it available, reducing information boundaries (this is what librarians do!)
  • Use information gleaned from VIVO to help guide collection development and purchasing decisions.
  • Use information gleaned from VIVO to help guide development of new services.
  • VIVO's ontology makes information easily findable


  • Creates a one-stop shop for publicly-available institutional data. Institutional attitudes often come into play when determining what data is incorporated, however.
  • The underlying application is created using semantic web compliant standards --making the data transferable between systems, if you later decide to go with another platform. linked open data is available, regardless of the platform.
  • Showcase rich research output (showcase publications, grants, etc.) data is easily reusable - so opportunities to restructure the data are endless.
  • Could possibly increase funding money, as it allows administrators to connect people and resources when targeted funding opportunities require specific details to be met.
  • Assist with locating experts for review panels, symposia, etc.
  • Assist journals in locating experts.
  • Assists when highlighting research efforts to potential donors (has resulted to real funding for Cornell researchers).


  • Find mentors.
  • Find research opportunities.
  • Identify courses of interest.
  • Useful for recruiting new graduate students, trainees.
  • Find seminars of interest.
  • All data is linked within the context of a person - and that data can lead to other valuable sources
  • You can individually brand yourself/research
  • Links can help your search engine rankings rise quickly.

Other Benefits

  • Search across variety of disciplines.
  • Promote your work.
  • Maintain your resume/CV - not yet
  • Put together review panels/committees
  • Find collaborators on projects/grants
  • View personal visualizations on co-author networks and grant funding.
  • Open source, community-developed tool
  • Create public/private groups
  • Connect with colleagues
  • Display course information
  • Share research
  • Highlight upcoming talks or presentations that you are giving.
  • Get statistics on published papers