Knowledge Technologies for the Social Sciences

Peter Mutschke M.A.

Wissenstechnologien für Sozialwissenschaften Kommissarischer Abteilungsleiter

+49 (221) 47694-500

The GESIS departement "Knowledge Technologies for the Social Sciences" (WTS) is focused on advancing and improving digital services for the Social Sciences on the basis of novel knowledge technologies. To ensure a high quality of GESIS services WTS is carrying out research in applied Computer Science, in particular in the fields Web Science, Semantic Web, Linked Open Data and Information Retrieval. The department is closely linked with the Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST) of the University of Koblenz-Landau.

The department is currently focussed on the following areas:

  • linking GESIS data to external data sources on the Web (LOD)
  • new dialogue models in the Social Web in support of eGovernment and eDemocracy (WeGov, SENSE4US)
  • coupling of GESIS services with online social networks (ScholarLib)
  • user-generated content applications (SOFISwiki)
  • tools for monitoring Social Sciences (MoBi)
  • Virtual Research Environments for the Social Sciences (VFUsoeb)

WTS is part of the Leibniz Research Alliance "Science 2.0" ( and involved in the COST Action KNOWeSCAPE - Analyzing the dynamics of information and knowledge landscapes (