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    WissKI - a scientific communication infrastructure

    WissKI (Wissenschaftliche Kommunikationsinfrastruktur) is a free and open virtual research environment for managing scholarly data. Extending Drupal's content management framework, WissKI provides benefits of the semantic web technology while supporting simple and common input interfaces.
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    FAIR on principle

    From the advantages of a web application to mechanisms for the persistent identification of data, the connection to international standards such as CIDOC CRM or a variety of interfaces and export formats - WissKI offers a wide range of options to make your data findable, accessable, interoperable and reusable.
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    Publishing made easy

    Dynamic content management mechanics and design possibilities based on linked open data. Create online publications where internal and external texts, media, data, and enrichments can be perfectly entangled.
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    Simplified data entry

    Since WissKI itself is a Drupal module, any number of other Drupal modules can be used in combination with WissKI. This allows, among many other possibilities, for example, the creation of user-friendly data entry forms. Depending on the requirements, additional functions and display options can be added, making the system as flexible as its users.


WissKI started as a joint venture of the Digital Humanities Research Group of the Department of Computer Science at Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) in Erlangen, the Department of Museum Informatics at the Germanic National Museum (GNM) in Nuremberg and the Biodiversity Informatics Group at Zoological Research Museum Koenig (ZFMK) in Bonn. The Software development was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 2008 to 2012 and from 2014 to 2017 and is currently funded by the NFDI4Culture Consortium within the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI). WissKI is now supported by the Association for semantic data processing (IGSD e.V.) and has a continuously growing community.

As a full-featured virtual research environment WissKI is scalable from small single person ventures up to large institutional projects. WissKI is part of the open source content management system Drupal and therefor provides all the advantages of an constantly maintained and developed webapp. WissKI has everything to fulfill the research data lifecycle: beneath the fundamental possibilities to create, read, edit and delete content, users can create revisions and translations, open the access to the data with a wide range of interfaces and integration options, but also restrict it via detailed rights management. Furthermore, the basic functions of WissKI can be extended with a variety of Drupal modules. This turns WissKI to a software optimized for research data management, and suitable for a wide range of application areas.


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