VIVO for discipline-specific communities


„Research information system“ such as Pure (Elsevier) and Converis (Thomson-Reuters) have proliferated in recent years at academic research institutions. These provide a new source for comprehensive information about all research activities at these institutions. In order to connect this information about research activities across institutions and make it available to others, taking into account smaller players in the research landscape and addressing their need for specific information (for example, by proving non-conventional research objects), the open source software VIVO that provides research information as Linked Open Data (LOD) is used in many countries. So-called VIVO harvesters collect research information that is freely available on the web, and convert the data collected in conformity with LOD standards. The VIVO ontology builds on prevalent LOD namespaces and, depending on the needs of the specialist community concerned, can be expanded. VIVO offers its own interfaces for processing and visualising structured research information. We have been linking European parties interested in VIVO since 2013 .

In 2013, OSL and other partners established a network of European institutions that expressed an interest in using VIVO ( In 2014, we will set up a VIVO web service in close consultation with a small specialist community. This web service will be made available as a prototype for other projects (see also blog post by Lambert Heller Together with the L3S Research Center, our partner in the Leibniz Research Network Science 2.0, we plan to submit a project application called „German Academic Web” to the German Research Foundation (DFG) in January 2014, in which VIVO plays a system-relevant role.