Preface

Increasing digitization and the use of the Semantic Web are a key challenge of the future for the traditional humanities. Not only does the digital medium support research, it also poses challenges in terms of method change, speed of development, and the openness of research data. In recent years, virtual research environments have become increasingly established as a research platform for the implementation of research projects. A constant point of criticism from the point of view of the users is that the handling of virtual research environments usually requires a certain affinity to the digital medium and a longer training period than was required in the traditional acquisition of data in the analog domain. The central approach of the Virtual Research Environments, however, is to maintain the balance between complexity or a large number of applications on the one hand and a low entry threshold with easy usability of the data on the other hand. The following is an example of the implementation of such an approach from the research project WissKI funded by the DFG.