Semantic Mashups Across Large, Heterogeneous Institutions: Experiences from the VIVO Service


This webinar is part of the NISO/DCMI Joint Webinar Series

About the Webinar

VIVO is a semantic web application focused on discovering researchers and research publications in the life sciences.  The service, which uses open-source software originally developed and implemented at Cornell University, operates by harvesting data about researcher interests, activities, and accomplishments from academic, administrative, professional, and funding sources.  Using a built-in, editable ontology for describing things such as People, Courses, and Publications, data is transformed into a Semantic-Web-compliant form.  VIVO provides automated and self-updating processes for improving data quality and authenticity. Starting with a classic Google-style search box, VIVO users can browse search results structured around people, research interests, courses, publications, and the like -- data that can be exposed for re-use by other systems in a machine-readable format.

This webinar, held by a veteran at the Albert R. Mann Library Information Technology Services department at Cornell, where the VIVO project was born, presents the perspective of a software developer on the practicalities of building a high-quality Semantic-Web search service on existing data maintained in dozens of formats and software platforms at large, diverse institutions.  The talk will highlight services that leverage the Semantic Web platform in innovative ways, e.g., for finding researchers based on the text content of a particular Web page and for visualizing networks of collaboration across institutions.

Event Sessions


John Fereira

Senior Programmer/Analyst and Technology Strategist, Cornell University
Cornell University

John Fereira, a senior programmer/analyst and technology strategist at Cornell University, is a contributing member of the VIVO project team. He also consults on issues related to information technology in higher education with an emphasis on open-source, modular, distributed software systems and is currently working on systems based on VIVO software for international Agricultural Information systems communities.

Additional Information

  • Registration closes at 12:00 pm Eastern on May 22, 2013. Cancellations made by May 15, 2013 will receive a refund, less a $20 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.

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