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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Simplified data entry, import, and export

    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.
  • Pathbuilder - Semantic Middleware

    As a core element of WissKI, the pathbuilder ... is the place where you define the WissKI structure, configure groups and fields and tell WissKI to which adapter it should send the queries. You can export/import your pathbuilder setup. The administrative name of a pathbuilder could something like Collection and Collection Items or Named Entities. provides a graphical user interface to create ontology driven structures and serves as a translator between Drupal and SPARQL endpoints. Pathbuilder helps to model RDF structures, stored in a triple store, and Drupal takes care of the input forms and output display - without writing any query or code!
  • Ontology driven

    WissKI's data models are based on ontologies to transfer domain knowledge from the minds and processes of the projects into the research data. Even though WissKI is ontology-agnostic, it is optimized for the CIDOC CRM OWL implementation ECRM, which is maintained and kept up-to-date by Germanisches Nationalmuseum staff. Feel free to adapt your ontology corresponding to your knowledge domain with external editors and reimport at any time.
  • Translatable interface and content

    We support multiple languages to enable the usage of a virtual research environment in the context of interdisciplinary and intercontinental work. Drupal supports many different languages for the user interface out of the box and offers the possibility to translate the research object itself and its related contents.


WissKI (Wissenschaftliche Kommunikationsinfrastruktur - Scientific Communication Infrastructure) is a virtual research environment and linked open data management software. Beneath the fundamental possibilities to create, read, edit and delete content, WissKI offers solutions for all tasks of the research data lifecycle and help users to produce and publish FAIR data. Furthermore, 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. The linked open data is stored in an external triple store, reachable trough own endpoints and therefore is independent from Drupal or WissKI's architecture. The data modelling follows an ontological approach, preferably, but not exclusively according to the CIDOC CRM. As part of the open source content management system Drupal, WissKI provides all the advantages of an constantly maintained and developed webapp. Last but not least, the basic functions of WissKI can be extended with a variety of Drupal modules. This turns WissKI to a full-featured research data management software - suitable for a wide range of application areas.

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 was funded as a participant in 2021 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.

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