Project description

“inseri.swiss” targets the large unsaturated demand for a service that enables the national and also the international academic research communities to publish scientific web applications online in an open, executable and citable way for the effortless re-use by any researcher. In addition, this project enables users to combine published software of various sorts alongside interfaces to global data repositories, which can all be performed using a web-based graphical user interface.

The existing inseri technology has been developed by the University of Zurich, the University of Basel and the University of Bern. It was originally created for historical-critical editions as part of the NIE-INE project and provides the base functionality needed to build up such an online publishing environment for other scientific disciplines. In tandem with conventional publications (e.g., pdf files), a service based on inseri will simplify the publishing of and the open access to alternative types of online content.

When the Science IT unit of the University of Zurich began offering internal services using the inseri technology, a Swiss-wide demand quickly evolved. Here we propose to set up a national service “inseri.swiss” for the online publishing of scientific software in an open, executable and citable way. The proposed project includes the development of both a business plan and the necessary software extensions to run an inseri.swiss service sustainably. Furthermore, the project includes the creation of a production environment that allows the shared service to be operated and maintained in a reliable, future-proof way that scales based on demand.

inseri.swiss has the potential to provide an invaluable resource to researchers who would like to publish and re-use online research methods and it strives for becoming a sustainable, long-term national and international service.

Conferences and publications

  • August 2021
    Nature Communications

    inseri supported this publication by providing a front-end where users can try out the algorithm. You can find the publication here

  • July 2021
    Harvard University

    This article is about inseri as a potential IT framework for research projects in the Humanities. You can find the publication here

  • November 2020
    Swiss Scolarly Edition Infrastructure Conference

    22 YouTube Videos where inseri is being presented in detail. You can find the videos here

  • October 2020
    Open Access In Action

    A Swissuniversities Conference where the Open Access Call was launched for the next funding cycle of Swissuniversities.

  • September 2020
    Virtual research environments and ancient manuscripts

    A conference from the University of Lausanne where inseri was presented. You can find the list of presentations here

  • April 2020
    Digitisation of newspapers collections

    A Conference from the University of Luxembourg, where inseri was presented. You can find the lineup here

inseri vision

inseri connects data providers, web components, local user data and microservices, so that a user can combine them in any possible way.
It serves as an online collaborative work and publishing environment.

web components

inseri can integrate any own or third party web component as an inseri app.
Any inseri app can be used with own user data, existing data providers and microservices


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Data Providers

Import millions of books and other data with two clicks from thousands of institutions
and read, analyse and comment on them, collaboratively

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Cloud Storage

Users can upload own data and visualise, change, read, update and delete them.

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Microservices

Users can upload own code and use data
from the data providers or own data to analyse it.

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