This summer, Symplectic Limited become the first DuraSpace Registered Service Provider (RSP) for the VIVO Project, an open-source, open-ontology, open-process platform for hosting semantically structured information about the interests, activities and accomplishments of scientists and scholars. (See our coverage here.) “Universities want to capture all that their researchers do, collaborate and reuse the data the research brings out,” says Sabih Ali, head of brand at Symplectic. “A lot of them are looking to be a part of something like VIVO and join the whole semantic web technology movement, but they don’t have the capacity to do it themselves.”
Symplectic brings that to the table with its role as a services provider and the expertise in data quality, organization and transfer that it has thanks to being a developer of Elements, software that captures, collects and showcases institutional research, and which is used by many leading universities including Cambridge and Oxford. It also offers an open-source VIVO harvester for clients allows the ingestion of information into VIVO profiles using the rich data that Elements captures.
More recently, Symplectic has taken on the role of authorized services provider for Profiles Research Networking Software, as well. Profiles RNS is an NIH-funded open source tool to speed the process of finding researchers with specific areas of expertise for collaboration and professional networking. It’s based on the VIVO 1.4 ontology, with support for RDF, SPARQL, and Linked Open Data.