Sample service agreement for VIVO

A major challenge that research institutions have to face when setting up a research information system is the involvement of all stakeholders. This includes first and foremost the researchers concerned, who are usually represented by staff or works councils. As a working basis, we provide a sample service agreement developed at TIB as a download in the sidebar.

Internationalization and German translation

An important component for the use of VIVO in German-speaking countries is of course support for multilingualism in the user interface as well as an up-to-date and well-maintained German translation. Together with partners from the VIVO-DE community bemüht, the TIB is endeavouring to provide both. The German files that we maintain are part of the official VIVO releases.

Research Analytics: Visualizations in dashboards with Kibana

Visualizations provide fast and immediate access to complex information. We are testing how this applies to research information in the Umbiko project. The Umbiko prototype was initiated to overcome challenges in the area of on-the-go analysis and reporting of research information from research information systems (FIS) such as VIVO and various corpora of the TIB. The prototype is based on the open source search engine Elasticsearch and the open source analysis and visualization tool Kibana.


Adaptations and extensions of the ontologies

National academic practices must be reflected in metadata models for research models. In order to be able to adequately reflect these national academic specifics on the one hand and individual needs of individual institutions on the other hand, we are working on the adaptation and extension of the VIVO data model. We cooperate with various German partners in the adaptation and extension of the VIVO-DE ontology.

Furthermore, we are actively working on mapping between Kerndatensatz Forschung (KDSF) and VIVO to enable the implementation of this national reporting standard in VIVO.

Advanced Role Management

The Advanced Role Management developed at the TIB is an improvement of the VIVO role management. It is now possible to create new user groups with specific rights sets. This enables you, for example, to create a role for your publication editors, who are then only allowed to change certain data in VIVO.

Increased security through password hashing with Argon2i

In order to meet more demanding security standards, the password hashing with MD5 implemented in VIVO was replaced by a modern procedure based on Argon2i.


On 11 September, we invite you to the VIVO MeetUp as a satellite event to SWIB23.

At TIB, we use the open source research information system VIVO for research profiles. We have extended it with the feature to add Mastodon IDs and thus verify their Mastodon profiles.

Der Beitrag Verification of scholarly social media accounts in the Fediverse erschien zuerst auf TIB-Blog.


Starting from March 2022, TIB’s Open Science Lab has been hosting three scholars from Ukraine, whose research were disturbed by the war. In the first week of July, an introductory webinar, dedicated to Research and Academic libraries of Ukraine was conducted. Accordingly, this blog post is meant to…