The WissKI Project

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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.

The goal of this project is to develop a software system that enables scientific projects especially in memory institutions (museums, archives, libraries) 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 or e-publishing. To achieve this goal we extend an open source content management framework with facilities to handle and process ontology based knowledge. Overall the system will serve as a communication platform for curated knowledge.