Modeling the Context of Scientific Information: Mapping VIVO and CERIF

  • Leonardo Lezcano
  • Brigitte Jörg
  • Miguel-Angel Sicilia
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 112)


Institutional repositories (IR) and Current Research Information Systems (CRIS) among other kinds of systems store and manage information on the context in which research activity takes place. Several models, standards and ontologies have been proposed to date as a solution to give coherent semantics to research information. These present a large degree of overlap but also present very different approaches to modeling. This paper presents a contrast of two of the more widespread models, the VIVO ontology and the CERIF standards, and provides directions for mapping them in a way that enables clients to integrate data coming from heterogeneous sources. The majority of mapping problems have risen from the representation of VIVO sub-hierarchies in CERIF as well as from the representation of CERIF attributes in VIVO.


CERIF VIVO CRIS research information scientific information ontologies knowledge representation mapping 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonardo Lezcano
    • 1
  • Brigitte Jörg
    • 2
  • Miguel-Angel Sicilia
    • 1
  1. 1.Information Engineering Research Unit, Computer Science DepartmentUniversity of AlcaláAlcalá de Henares (Madrid)Spain
  2. 2.Language Technology Lab, Projektbüro BerlinDFKI GmbHBerlinGermany

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