Open Science VIVO beta

VIVO for Scientific Communities: Open Science VIVO beta



Prof. Dr. Ina Blümel


Gabriel Birke, Prof. Dr. Ina Blümel Lambert Heller


1 March 2014 – ongoing

The objectives of the project include:

  • Focused crawling and processing of heterogeneous research information from websites of German-language research institutions
  • Application and extension of linked data ontologies such as BIBO for a specialist community, adaptation of ontologies to KDSF
  • Information and networking with the European VIVO user community
  • Dissemination and discussion of own concepts and software developments in the context of the project at scientific conferences and in scientific publications


VIVO is a web-based Open Source infrastructure for research information that is mainly used in the USA and increasingly also in Europe. The aim is to provide reusable, structured research information on the basis of linked open data. VIVO visualisations offer a variety of options for achieving the comparative presentation of information about research activities. Information about certain specialist communities is currently distributed across several sources, e.g. in institutional current research information systems, commercial databases or as the most important source of information and primary starting point for project tasks on heterogeneous and usually unstructured, manually maintained researchers’ and institutes’ websites. In the project, data from institutional websites from the research alliance Science 2.0, representing part of the Open Science community, are crawled, structured and imported in VIVO in a continuously updated form and linked across institutions.


  • Student project at Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HsH), supervisor Dr. Ina Blümel
  • Master’s thesis by Frauke Ziedorn at IBI of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, supervisor Dr. Ina Blümel
  • Project “Research Core Dataset” (KDSF) by the German Council of Science and Humanities, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT) and iFQ (Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance): formal cooperation with iFQ
  • Cooperative activities with DINI AG, current research information systems


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