Vivo Will Help to Enhance UNH’s Research Profile

April 11, 2018

by Olivia Pelehach (COLA, '18) and Terri Winters

In order to increase awareness of the university’s prestigious and impactful scholarship and research, UNH is implementing Vivo, an open-source platform that uses the data from myElements. Vivo publishes to a public website that allows users to search for the scholarship, research, and teaching activities accomplished by UNH faculty. Users can also search by department or organization, for example, the College of Liberal Arts.

“The overall purpose of adopting Vivo is to increase UNH’s research and scholarship profile among four-year public research institutions,” said Terri Winters, UNH Assistant Vice Provost for Digital Learning & Communication. “It enables the discovery of research and scholarship across disciplines.” Vivo is a one-stop website designed to exhibit faculty scholarship and research and the relationship and impact of that work.

While new academic department pages will display the 5 most recent and 5 most cited faculty publications, Vivo will provide all publication information. It will also include a faculty member’s department, education, positions, courses taught at UNH as well as links to co-authors or co-investigators. In addition, Vivo assesses the impact of faculty scholarship and research using alternative metrics (altmetrics). This allows users to see how often the work is cited as well as the different sources the research was mentioned in, including Twitter, blog posts, and news outlets. Copy and paste the following URL in your browser to learn more about altmetrics: https://www.altmetric.com/about-altmetrics/what-are-altmetrics/.

 The source of the information published through Vivo is myElements—both data entered by faculty and data fed from other UNH systems like Human Resources. Faculty completed Phase I of the myElements project where they had to login, claim their publications, and register for an ORCID. Faculty are now entering their other scholarship and research activities in order to produce their annual report.

 Academic Technology has begun the review and vetting process of the Vivo platform. There will be two Open Forums held in Hamilton Smith 108, one on Tuesday, May 8 at 1:30 and the other on Wednesday, May 9 at 10:00.  Copy and paste the following URL in your browser to register for an open forum:

https://at-training.unh.edu/apps/ssr?action=course&id=285

After meeting with stakeholders and receiving their feedback, subsequent changes will be made to Vivo over the summer. The target release date of the UNH Vivo website is Fall 2018. By this time, new college websites will also be published for CEPS, CHHS, COLA, COLSA, and Paul College.

A test version of the Vivo website is currently available. Copy and paste the following URL in your browser to explore the test site: https://vivo-test.unh.edu.  Keep in mind that this test version is using static, TEST data. These data are not yet being updated from the data faculty are entering in myElements. However, when Vivo is fully implemented, there will be daily updates from myElements as well as clear procedures for reporting incorrect data.

We appreciate your feedback. Once you have reviewed the Vivo test website, please send any input by copying and pasting the following URL in your browser and completing the 2-question survey:

https://unh.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_agWl7aQbb8xfRkh

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Terri.Winters@unh.edu.

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