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NEW: “Wikidora” Preserves Permanent Scientific Products from Collaborative Research

St. Augustin, Germany As new research gets underway it is common for scientists to begin online data collection and collaboration as part of their investigations. The digital products they produce as a result of research activities range from raw data sets to early versions of articles, whitepapers and correspondence. These research products are often lost in outdated or abandoned web sites and wikis when projects are completed. Researchers at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, St. Augustin, Germany led by Prof. Andreas Hense have released a new technology aimed at preserving research products created using wikis. The “Wikidora” solution is a technology for ensuring that collaboratively created digital information endures by “Replacing their [wikis’] persistence layer with a digital object repository. Our solution (, which combines JSPWiki and Fedora Commons [repository software] provides automatic provenance metadata, assigns persistent identifiers, takes care of proper versioning, and prepares the Wiki’s content for long term archival.”
By separating a JSPWiki layer from a persistence layer based on Fedora as the digital object repository Wikidora bundles the object with PDF versions and makes it available through an RDF triple store. Wiki functionality is intact and scientists may cite permanent instances of versioned articles created in the wiki.
Les Carr pointed out in his presentation entitled “End of Life Scenarios for the Repositories of Virtual Organizations” at the Third International Open Repositories Conference 2008, that if the institution or project that backs a research repository disappear contents are often tied up in administrative and resource allocation knots leaving information consumers without access unless inexpensive solutions are available. “WikiDora’ is such an open source collaboration solution that allows for versioning in a social networked system with results that are managed in an institutional repository.
More information is available from the project web site: Source code is available at . For more information please contact Prof. Andreas Hense.