Our portfolio company Symplectic, today announced a beta release of a new theme for the VIVO platform, bringing responsive design to public profiles. 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 newest contribution to the VIVO community provides a theme for VIVO enabling easy viewing on a wide range of devices. A richer user experience is also offered using enhancements from across the Digital Science portfolio 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 within the VIVO environment 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. A demonstration of this new VIVO theme (currently in beta), is available as a public demo at: http://bootstrap-vivo-beta.symplectic.co.uk/vivo

Bootstrapped VIVO
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.

Jonathan Breeze, CEO of Symplectic says of the news:

“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.”

Bootstrapped VIVO is being unveiled at the VIVO conference today in Denver, Colorado, a presentation of which will be uploaded to Figshare shortly afterwards – so stay tuned!