The WissKI Project

Welcome to WissKI! This is our former project website. Please have a look at our new site at

WissKI is a joint venture featuring three partners from different institutions and scientific domains: The Artificial Intelligence Chair from the Department of Computer Science at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (AI), 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. The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) from 2009 to 2011.

Open sesame!

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Most recently we've added SPARQL1.1 support for WissKI. The ARC2 triple store has a very good API for remote triple stores. However ARC2 itself is not capable of SPARQL1.1 and most of the bigger frameworks nowadays use SPARQL1.1 and not SPARQL/Update anymore. So we decided to code a suitable module to enhance WissKI with support for remote triple stores based on SPARQL1.1 as communication protocol.


The WissKI workshops.

Tutorial Screencasts

In the new Tutorials & Public Relations section we now provide some screencasts on the workflow and the basic features of the WissKI System. Currently the audio is in German language. However we will provide some screencasts with English audio, soon.

SPARQL endpoints for authority files

We recently set up a few SPARQL endpoints for well-known authority files for testing purposes. WissKI can access such endpoints to enrich local data. Currently we provide endpoints for the following authority files:

Demo Tour

A first public WissKI System is now available at Demo Tour. Take a look at the WissKI System and its features for yourself.

If you have any questions or encounter any problems, don't hesitate to send us a message.

New Tech Watch Section

The WissKI Website now features a tech watch section. In this section we list technologies or technology related efforts that are in some way important for our system. In the first there are two subsections: Name Authorities and Metadata Standards. Each of them contain further subsections which are used to sort and categorize the tech watch items. More sections and items are still to come.