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Online encyclopedia chronicles legacy of WWI

| 2014-11-03
A comprehensive, English-language, open-access encyclopedia of what was originally known as the “Great War” was introduced and released on Oct. 8 in Brussels.
 
Funded by the German Research Foundation, the project “1914-1918—Online International Encyclopedia of the First World War” is managed by researchers at Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with the Bavarian State Library. The encyclopedia combines the latest historical research with the many advantages of the Semantic Web. The content was written and compiled by 1,000 experts from 54 countries and is continuously being updated and expanded.
 
This year marks the centenary of World War I, which is considered to be the “great seminal catastrophe of the twentieth century.” This anniversary is an important reference point for the creation of a transitional and global historical consciousness, offering a chance to discuss the roots for European integration.
 
The online encyclopedia provides a comprehensive description of the “Great War” from a pan-European and global perspective. It is a user-friendly and easily allocable digital work resource. Oliver Janz, a historian at the Friedrich Meinecke Institute of Freie Universität Berlin, along with Nicholas Apostolopoulos, the director of the Centre for Digital Systems at the same university, led the project.
 
(Source: Freie Universität Berlin)
Edited by Bai Le