From 1914-1918-online to the open encyclopedia system

FundingGerman Research Foundation (DFG)
Project term01/01/2016 – 31/03/2020
Project partnersBayerische Staatsbibliothek
Freie Universität Berlin, Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS) – E-learning, E-research, Multimedia
Freie Universität Berlin, Friedrich Meinecke Institute (FMI)
Freie Universität Berlin, Division of Philosophy and Humanities, Institute for Greek and Latin Philology

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the start of the war in 1914, "1914-1918-online" provides the expert community and the interested public with a virtual handbook with dictionary section in the English language, which was written by renowned experts. The handbook is in the open access format and, given its suitability for global reception, has the potential to develop into a beacon of e-history.

Using the concrete example of an International Encyclopedia of the First World War as a basis, the project develops and trials model navigation methods for topical knowledge spheres, which allow the user to find his way around in the complex reference structure of non-linear text convolutes (electronic handbooks, encyclopaedias, anthologies). The visual processing of topic-specific sub-spheres is intended to ensure that the user can navigate the overall convolute more easily in a question-driven manner, and to ensure a contextualisation of the individual text units that does justice to the hypertextuality of the medium.

Moreover, 1914-1918-online endeavours to create exemplary connections to the services of relevant virtual subject libraries and other information systems. The targeted expansion of the functionality by value-added library services makes central resources of virtual subject libraries usable in an external context. The unique integration of topical content and meta-information on the topic makes 1914-1918-online an international thematic portal on the First World War.

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