Old Release

This documentation relates to an old version of VIVO, version 1.7.x. Looking for another version? See all documentation.

An assortment of installation options that aren't necessary for your first installation, but might be helpful later.


These are properties that many sites will not need to modify.

Property name


DescriptionOn the VIVO home page, display a global map highlighting the geographical focus of foaf:person individuals.
Default valueenabled
Example valuedisabled
Property name


DescriptionMultiViews for foaf:person profile pages. VIVO supports the simultaneous use of a full foaf:Person profile page view and a "quick" page view that emphasizes the individual's own webpage presence. Implementing this feature requires an installation to develop a web service that captures images of web pages or to use an existing service outside of VIVO, usually for a small fee.
Default valuedisabled
Example valueenabled
Property name


DescriptionTell VIVO to generate HTTP headers on its responses to facilitate caching the profile pages that it creates. This can improve performance, but it can also result in serving stale data. The default is false. For more information, see the VIVO wiki page: Use HTTP caching to improve performance
Default valuefalse
Example valuetrue
Property name


DescriptionIf you intend to run the VIVO Harvester utility from the VIVO ingest menu, you must tell VIVO how to find the Harvester code. An absolute file path, pointing to the root directory of the Harvester installation. You must include the final slash.
Default valueNONE
Example value/usr/local/vivo/harvester/
Property name


DescriptionThe temporal graph visualization is used to compare different organizations/people within an organization on parameters like number of publications or grants. By default, the app will guess at the top level organization in your instance. If you're unhappy with this selection, set the value of the property to the URI of the organization individual you want to identify as the top level organization. It will be used as the default whenever the temporal graph visualization is rendered without being passed an explicit org. For example, to use "Ponce School of Medicine" as the top organization:
visualization.topLevelOrg = http://vivo.psm.edu/individual/n2862
Default valueVIVO will infer the top level organization in your instance.
Example valuehttp://vivo.psm.edu/individual/n2862
Property name


DescriptionThe temporal graph visualization can require extensive machine resources. This can have a particularly noticable impact on memory usage if
  • The organization tree is deep,
  • The number of grants and publications is large.
VIVO V1.4 (and later) mitigates this problem by the way of a caching mechanism and hence we can safely set this to be enabled by default. 
Default valueenabled
Example valueenabled
Property name


Description Types of individual for which we can create proxy editors. If this is omitted, defaults to http://www.w3.org/2002/07/owl#Thing
Default valueNONE
Example valuehttp://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/Person, http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/Organization
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