1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War

Nicolas Apostolopoulos
Freie Universtät Berlin

Oliver Janz
Freie Universtät Berlin

On the centenary of the start of World War I, “1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War” will present a virtual, open access handbook and encyclopedia on World War I to the academic community and the general public. It will be the most comprehensive academic encyclopedia on World War I created by the largest network of World War I researchers worldwide. The multi-perspective, refereed reference work will be the result of an international collaborative project that is coordinated by the Freie Universität Berlin (Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Center for Digital Systems) in cooperation with the Bavarian State Library, and is funded by the German Research Foundation.

“1914-1918-online” is based on semantic wiki technology. Hyper-linked documents and metadata as well as the use of the underlying taxonomy will enable users to find their way through complex, non-linear structures. The visualization of related documents provides versatile access routes to the encyclopedia’s contents based on user defined selection criteria. The structure of the encyclopedia will be shown and tools will be demonstrated that support the creation and the usage of the system.



Last updated:  Wednesday, March 26th, 2014