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DFG project "From 1914-1918-online to the Open Encyclopedia System"

The project From 1914-1918-online to the Open Encyclopedia System (OES), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 2016-2020 (see GEPRIS entry), was fundamental to the development of the OES Software. The project was the first to realize a standardized platform for creating, publishing and maintaining online encyclopedias in the humanities and social sciences. The OES adds a web-based open source software for lemma-based publication formats to already available options for electronic publishing and thus closes existing gaps in the Open Access publishing landscape. The modular and configurable software supports central editorial workflows including peer-review procedures and linked (open) data. In the publication layer, it enables various forms of navigation, search and user interaction with the content. The OES framework draws on the tools and procedures developed in the preceding project 1914-1918-online. Application-specific functionalities wereput on a generic basis and supplemented by components to support the article management workflow, community building, administration, indexing and publication of bibliographic collections, multilingual input and administration of indexing vocabularies and article versioning.

Two OES use cases have already been published: the Encyclopedia on German-Greek Entanglements and the Compendium Heroicum. Additional applications are under way. OES offers a modular open source software system for building, publishing and maintaining online encyclopedias. The OES code is now available upon request for subsequent use under a GPL2 license and will be published on github in October 2020. Freie Universität Berlin has committed itself to guarantee the provision and maintenance of the current encyclopedias and the OES code.

The DFG project From 1914-1918-online to the Open Encyclopedia System (OES) has been jointly conducted by the Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS), the Friedrich Meinecke Institute (FMI), the Center of Modern Greece (CeMoG) (all based at Freie Universität Berlin), and the Bavarian State Library (BSB).

See also publications for more on project results.