VIVO Benefits

Why VIVO is important to different constituencies?

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

Clinicians

  • 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

Administrators

  • 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).

Students

  • 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