Reimagining Research Profile Design with Bootstrapped VIVO

Bootstrapped VIVO theme brings responsive design to public profiles

London/ Boston: Thursday 18th August 2016: Symplectic, a Digital Science portfolio company, today announced a beta release of a new theme for the VIVO platform. VIVO is an open source semantic web application developed and implemented by research institutions to aid researcher profiling, collaboration and discovery.

Coined Bootstrapped VIVO, Symplectic’s major candidate contribution provides a theme for VIVO that enables it to be viewed more easily on a wide range of devices. Richer information is offered with new integrations from a collection of Digital Science companies including:

  • Altmetric: ‘Donuts’ are visible on all publication records. Altmetric for Institutions customers will be able to unlock the full range of Altmetric activity records.
  • ReadCube: Direct access to publications with ReadCube’s Enhanced PDF viewer (where available).
  • Figshare: Research outputs and articles stored on Figshare can be viewed directly on the platform.

Built using the popular responsive framework Bootstrap, this new VIVO theme (currently in beta), is available to explore as a public demo.

Bootstrapped VIVO also includes a collaboration between Symplectic and Funnelback to demonstrate how VIVO can be integrated with existing university search solutions, opening up the possibility to fully integrate research profiles within a University search experience.



“Our work with the VIVO community has shown that research institutions don’t only want structured research data, they want it to look great too! I’m really pleased we have furthered our contribution to the community by providing a means for those that select the VIVO platform to enjoy a modern, fresh, responsive experience.” – Jonathan Breeze, CEO of Symplectic


Bootstrapped VIVO is being unveiled at the VIVO Conference this August in Denver, Colorado, a presentation of which will be uploaded to figshare shortly afterwards.

About VIVO

VIVO is a member-supported, open source semantic web application originally developed and implemented at Cornell University. By populating it with researcher interests, activities and accomplishments, it enables the discovery and collaboration of research across disciplines from multiple universities around the world. It also provides an intuitive and rich public profile for researchers at an institution. Symplectic is a Registered Service Provider of VIVO – you can read more about this on our Open Profiles page.

The automatic search features are a bonus. I really like the way the new entries arrive automatically, and all I have to do is respond to the prompt to approve them. Navigation in the new release is intuitive and friendly. Linking directly to DOIs and full text is convenient and makes it easy to access and share my own research.

Professor Penny Brothers, University of Auckland

Elements elegantly connected our multi-university system providing a
single source of truth throughout OIEx.

Tim Cain, The Ohio Innovation Exchange (OIEx)

The University measures the individual research activity of academic staff. This Measure of Research Activity (MoRA) requires the collection of publication data from faculty. Symplectic Elements supports this beautifully.

Floris van der Leest, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

[Elements] will help to bring transparency to the richness of thought showcased within non-traditional publications, providing a more holistic representation of faculties’ scholarly work.

Caleb Smith, University of Michigan

Feedback to date has been extremely positive from all levels across the University, with individual academics and colleagues actively promoting the ease of use of the system.

Rachel Baird, Research Policy Analyst, University of Liverpool