VIVO is many things — above all a community working to support the creation and exchange of information about researchers and their research through linked open data (http://linkeddata.org).
VIVO is also an ontology — http://vivoweb.org/ontology/core — serving as a common information model for two prominent research networking tools, Harvard Profiles (http://profiles.catalyst.harvard.edu/) and the VIVO software (http://vivo.sourceforge.net). The Loki system at the University of Iowa (http://www.icts.uiowa.edu/Loki/FAQ.jsp) will also export its data as RDF conforming to the VIVO ontology.
The VIVO software and ontology have both been supported since 2009 by the U.S. National Institutes of Health through the VIVO: Enabling National Networking of Scientists Project (http://vivoweb.org, NCRR U24 RR029822). VIVO originated in the Cornell University Library in 2003, but implementations and development efforts have expanded to the 6 other institutional partners on the NIH grant and to a number of additional institutions in the U.S., Central America, Australia, and China to date.
This community has been started to allow wider discussion of linked open data for research networking, including information about research resources equally important in understanding the overall picture. The VIVO community has benefited from the active involvement of members of the eagle-i Consortium (https://www.eagle-i.org), and we are working to make the VIVO and eagle-i ontologies directly interoperable.
We welcome your interest and participation.