Visible Legacy Navigator


  • Interactive maps show researchers and projects within networks of collaborators
  • Powerful search delivers pre-linked results presented in maps, lists, and timelines
  • Maps present context of projects and organizations
  • Timelines show historical perspective and most recent innovations
  • Direct links to online papers, patents and news
  • Navigate and explore to discover the "in between" data on emerging inventors and discoveries
  • Overview and Detail View options
  • Powerful free interacive online portal. Register to save favorites and set preferences


Visible Legacy compiles a "graph map of academic research" offered as an online information search and navigation web portal called Navigator. Aimed at industry technology licensing officers and corporate tech scouts, the map metaphor is faster than list search since it delivers pre-conneced relevant data (it literally connects the dots).

People and projects are presented in a connected network surrounded by the context of organizations, grants, published works, patents, innovations, news. Interactive timelines, keywords, and summaries work with the map to allow users to search, filter and explore the ecosystem, browse conveniently linked online documents, and find innovations and collaborators that fit their strategic needs.

Navigator is offered free to users through the support of sponsors interested in accelerating the translation of university research to industry.

Search and Navigate

The Visible Legacy Navigator portal start-page has a familiar topic search box. This searches in the title of all topics. Or use the Facet Search to select by type Person, Project, Organization, or Document and filter by source-organization and specific Keywords. From the list of results, click on the Title to open the Overview map for that topic.

Discover and Explore

Within the maps you can follow the story of innovation over time and through interconnections. The elements of the Overview map interact: the map of linked topics, the timeline showing the same topics in time, and the sidebar tabs showing "card" summaries of the topics and keywords. You can double-click a node to re-enter the map on that topic, or click a Title to navigate to that topic. The tabs are color coded as a key to the node types.

Find Fit and Connect

You can "read around" a topic by following the links to online papers, patents, innovation disclosures, and news. Often the co-authors or the connected projects lead to "in between" innovators or the most recent discoveries that are a closer fit to your needs. The curated links in the topic cards and Detail Page allow you to quickly jump to the innovator's public web page and contact information. You can capture the Navigator weblink of interesting technologies with a button-click and save them into your IP workflow or easily share with colleagues.

Navigator Pro

If you register for a free Navigator account you can save favorite technology weblinks, save searches, download search results to Excel and set and save various user preferences.

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