The WissKI Project

As part of the three-year and then two-year DFG-funded research project "Scientific Communication Infrastructure" (WissKI), the virtual research infrastructure of the same name "WissKI" was created on the basis of the open-source Content Management System Drupal. In cooperation between the Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg (GNM), the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig in Bonn (ZFMK) and the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) emerged from the requirements of cooperative research in the field of cultural heritage and its documentation in the digital Medium a software infrastructure. In addition to the simple provision and open availability of source materials - structured texts, graphics, images, video, audio and metadata in digital form, the focus of the system is also the interactive and networked work on the basis of semantic depth development. By keeping the typical features of popular content management systems untouched, the system has a detailed user control with rights management and is able to manage web content such as web pages, forums and wikis and to present it online.
The software is released as open source for free at and can be reused and expanded accordingly.