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NOW AVAILABLE: VIVO 1.8.1–Improved Performance and New Visualizations

Winchester, MA  On November 10, 2015 VIVO 1.8.1 was released by the VIVO team.  This new release offers users vastly improved performance, new and better visualizations, as well as bug fixes.

Full release notes are available on the VIVO wiki:

Performance improvements

Users should see up to 75% reduction in time to display profiles compared to VIVO 1.8, and a 30% reduction compared to VIVO 1.7. These findings have been observed on both small data sets (200 people, 3,500 articles), and large data sets (4,500 people, 40,000 articles).  Most profiles - even large/complex profiles - display within approximately two seconds.


The ability to examine the VIVO network from many points-of-view is at the heart of connecting researchers, ideas and resources. VIVO 1.8.1 offers users new and improved visualizations that make it easier to “see” formative research as it emerges at individual, institutional and topic levels. Click here to see an example of the new Visualizations in 1.8.1

New Javascript based versions of Co-Author and Co-Investigator  are networks available.  These new visualizations do not require Flash and display on mobile devices such as phones and tablets.

All visualizations have significant performance improvements. Maps of Science, Temporal Graphs and Co-author and  Co-Investigator networks now all complete in just a few seconds.  The very largest Maps of Science may require up to two minutes to complete.

Additional Improvements

New AltMetric badges are enabled on publications by default, providing direct link to AltMetric information regarding the publication.

Additional improvements reduce time and resource usage for indexing and inferencing. More than a dozen have been made to improve user experience.

We look forward to hearing from you about VIVO 1.8.1. Please contact VIVO Tech Lead Graham Triggs with questions, suggestions and feedback: <>.

About VIVO

VIVO ( is an open source, open ontology, open process platform for hosting information about the interests, activities and accomplishments of scientists and scholars. VIVO supports open development and integration of science and scholarship through simple, standard semantic web! technologies. VIVO was originally funded by Cornell University and the National Institutes of Health (U24 RR029822) and is currently a community-supported project under the DuraSpace umbrella.

How Does DuraSpace Help?

The DuraSpace ( organization is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit providing leadership and innovation for open technologies that promote durable, persistent access and discovery of digital data. Our values are expressed in our organizational byline, "Committed to our digital future."

DuraSpace works collaboratively with organizations that use VIVO to advance the design, development and sustainability of the project. As a non-profit, DuraSpace provides technical leadership, sustainability planning, fundraising, community development, marketing and communications, collaborations and strategic partnerships, and administration.