Description: VIVO is an open source semantic web application originally developed and implemented at Cornell. When installed and populated with researcher interests, activities, and accomplishments, it enables the discovery of research and scholarship across disciplines at one institution or across many. VIVO supports browsing and a search function which returns faceted results for rapid retrieval of desired information. Content in any local VIVO installation may be maintained manually, brought into VIVO in automated ways from local systems of record, such as HR, grants, course, and faculty activity databases, or from database providers such as publication aggregators and funding agencies.VIVO enables the discovery of researchers across institutions via linked open data (see, as demonstrated by and the VIVO searchlight browser plugin ( Participants in the network will include institutions with local installations of VIVO or those using other research discovery and profiling applications that can provide RDF data expressed using the VIVO ontology, such as Harvard Profiles ( The information accessible through VIVO's search and browse capability will reside and be controlled locally, within institutional VIVOs or other semantic web-compliant applications.The VIVO ontology may be used independently of the VIVO application, and source code for the VIVO application, called Vitro (, may be downloaded as an standalone ontology editor and semantic web application.

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