Semantic Collaborative Corpora Analysis (Semantic CorA) is a lightweight virtual research environment (vre) providing a modular plattform of tools for collaborative analysis of bigger amounts of data. Semantic CorA builds upon the open-source software MediaWiki - which empowers Wikipedia – and its extension Semantic MediaWiki (SMW). Tools are offered to integrate, enrich, store, query and visualize research data, which can be published in the Semantic Web and shared with other researchers.
Semantic CorA is motivated by the lack of virtual research environment in the (digital) social sciences and humanities, that offer capacities for adjustment to relevant needs with low technical barriers. But the flexibility of adjusting comes with an affordance: Semantic CorA is not an out-of-the-box solution and needs to be configured to the research project needs.
The design of Semantic CorA is based on a participatory and agile approach following concrete research practices and addressing added values. While general technological extensions for SMW are developed, the design and innovation process is driven by scholarly research projects, that invoke concrete capacities for interaction in research practice (see: In Practice).