With the Heidelberg University Library and the Herder Institute, a nationally established infrastructure institution in the community of specialists and a research institution with relevant experience in this particular field of art documentation have grouped to jointly and sustainably implement, consolidate and optimize an e-research technology already in use for the history of art and architecture – the so-called Wissenschaftliche KomunikationsInfrastruktur (WissKI) (= "Scientific Communication Infrastructure").
The aim is to set up a powerful information system for the collection of object and person-related information, of data on provenance and research status, and of visual and, if necessary, multimedia sources, as well as the documentation of all steps in the research process. In connection with projects already carried out, as well as current projects of the applicants and cooperating institutions,the new infrastructure aims to create a generic solution for a multitude of questions around the history of art and buildings.
In addition to a consolidated art historical documentation software, a "toolbox" will be created that contains adaptable templates for data models and best practice handouts. Furthermore, plans are in place to establish an active WissKI community and a network of actors in this field as a whole, and to carry out software adaptations.