VIVO: Case Study of an Ontology-Based Web Site

Brian Caruso, Brian J. Lowe, Jon Corson-Rikert, Medha Devare

VIVO (, a Virtual Life Sciences Library at Cornell University, is the result of an initiative to make information about the wide variety of life sciences activities taking place across Cornell's colleges and compuses publicly discoverable through an intuitive and extensible Web interface. While not intended to replace any individual unit's Web presence, VIVO provides a new and comprehensive view of the life sciences at Cornell with the goals of showcasing current research, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, and demystifying the university's structure for outsiders. VIVO's persistence later is a relational database set up to store ontological strucutres and instance relationships. The software is built with free and open-source tools and is actively being extended to new Web portals and to accept Semantic Web data encoded according to the emerging W3C standards.

Subjects: 10. Knowledge Acquisition; 11.2 Ontologies

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