Features

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.  It is designed for scientific projects especially in memory institutions (galleries, libraries, archives, museums) to collect, store, manage and communicate knowledge. Therefore it addresses many facets of research in a network environment like persistence of information, long-time preservation and accessibility, digital documentation standards and e-publishing.

WissKI was initially a joint venture featuring three partners from different institutions and scientific domains: The Digital Humanities Research Group of the Department of Computer Science at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), the Department of Museum Informatics at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum (GNM) in Nuremberg and the Biodiversity Informatics Group at the Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK) in Bonn. Software development was primarily funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) from 2009 to 2012 and from 2014 to 2017.

WissKI implements the FAIR-principles on different stages. As a webapplication, WissKI has all the advantages of the internet, such as location-independent collaboration or constant availabilty of the data. WissKI's content is citable by internal persistent identifiers and revisionable by Drupal's version control. As part of Drupal, thousands of extensions are openly available and you can benefit from the distinctive permissions and author management. The data modeling is designed for a graph-based implementation of the CIDOC CRM international standard (although any other standards can be used). Whether Excel spreadsheet, REST API or SPARQL endpoint, the data will find a way to the downstream user. Even on the Internet, sometimes you have to move - migration is facilitated by WissKI's native resolvers.

WissKI links living publishing with semantic enrichment. Through the graph-based data structures, links between existing data can be created quickly and easily. WissKI takes care to avoid redundancies and offers the possibility to integrate norm data, for example from the DNB or geonames. 

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.