Q. What are the advantages of using VIVO versus other social or research networking tools?
The focus of VIVO is on research, which is not always the case with other social networking tools.
Other tools are mainly domain specific, while VIVO covers all disciplines.
Ingest into VIVO is done automatically from authoritative sources, reducing the need to manually update data in a variety of profiles.
The data in VIVO is highly structured and has been standardized using a controlled vocabulary. This allows for the information to be easily accessed both by people and by computer applications.
VIVO profiles will generally rank higher in Web searches than other types of profile pages or networking sites.
The VIVO instance at Penn is part of a community of other institutions utilizing the same technology to structure similar profiles, resulting in a larger, more consistent, and more complete network of researchers.