- VIVO is an open-source application that enables researchers to discover, connect, and collaborate across disciplines and organizations.
- VIVO is a set of public-facing profiles for researchers. Trusted, verified data within the profiles is structured and exposed to support searching across individual institutions and across the national VIVO network.
- VIVO is also a network of more than 100 institutions and agencies in more than 30 countries who are collaborating to produce and use VIVO-compliant data.
- Institutions in the VIVO network, such as Virginia Tech, implement local installations of the VIVO platform, manage data locally, and control access to semantic-web compliant applications. The structured data found within a VIVO system supports the search features and allows for open development of new applications and visualizations.