Preface

The increasing digitalization and the handling of the Semantic Web are a central challenge of the future for the traditional humanities. The digital medium not only supports research, but also poses challenges with regard to changes in methods, the speed of development, and the openness of research data. In recent years, virtual research environments have increasingly established themselves as research platforms for the implementation of research projects. A constant point of criticism from the users' point of view is that dealing with virtual research environments usually requires a certain affinity to the digital medium and a longer familiarization period than was necessary for the traditional acquisition of data in the analogue domain. The central approach of virtual research environments, however, is to maintain a balance between complexity or a large number of possible applications on the one hand and a low entry threshold with easy usability of the data on the other. In the following, the implementation of such an approach from the DFG-funded research project WissKI is presented as an example.