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OES Applications

The following reference works are realised using the OES framework, ranging from online encyclopedia to online handbook.

Compendium heroicum

The "Compendium heroicum" reflects the current state of research on heroes and heroines and features detailed illustrations on various phenomena of the heroic, its figures, functions, mediality and practice. Methodologically, the Compendium heroicum applies a broad historical approach – ranging from the ancient world to the present day – as well as a cross-cultural perspective, focusing on the importance of heroic figures within and beyond European contexts. Researchers at the Collaborative Research Center 948 as well as external contributors author collaboratively written articles to be published on the "Compendium heroicum". All articles will be digitally accessible worldwide free of charge (Open Access).

Online Compendium on German-Greek Entanglements

The Center for Modern Greece (CeMoG) compiles an "Online Compendium on German-Greek Entanglements" (ComDeG). The ComDeG is a scholarly publication platform for peer-reviewed scholarly contributions that focus on the political, economic, scientific and cultural transfer processes between the German and Greek cultural spaces, from the 18th century onwards. The online platform gives host to general biographic data, information about transfer fields (e.g. politics, science and literature), modes of mediation (e.g. translation, adaptation and teaching), network (associated participants/fields of action) with relevant bibliographical entries. The Essays and Articles of the Compendium present the ongoing scholarly output that builds creatively upon these information mappings.


The Germersheimer Übersetzerlexikon UeLEX is a freely accessible, continuously growing interdisciplinary online reference work that has existed since 2015 and has been available in a conceptually and technically revised form since 2022. The core element of the lexicon is formed by translator portraits, scholarly essays that critically appraise the biographies and translation work of individuals who have translated into German since the days of Luther. The essays are accompanied by detailed translator-centred bibliographies.

Biographical Handbook: Fatalities of the border regimes at the Iron Curtain

The Forschungsverbund SED-Staat and the Center for Digital Systems / University Library at Freie Universität Berlin are creating a biographical handbook on victims of the Iron Curtain. Currently, the digital handbook recalls nearly 300 victims at the inner-German border. Until 2022, the fatally failed escapes of GDR citizens across the Baltic Sea and the Eastern Bloc states will be gradually documented, too. A selection of biographies will be also accompanied by clips of narrative interviews with relatives of the victims or other people involved in the events. All biographies are searchable through various filter categories, a map, a timeline, or a full-text search.

Key Concepts Online

"Key Concepts Online" is the online glossary of the Collaborative Research Centre 1171 Affective Societies at Freie Universität Berlin. It offers brief explanations of the terms (further) developed in the research work of the group and thus provides orientation on the theoretical framework of this interdisciplinary initiative (social sciences, cultural studies and the humanities), which has been in existence since 2015.


DATA AFFAIRS is a freely accessible platform that aims to provide (early career) researchers and teachers with an overview of research data management issues that arise when working with qualitative data in ethnographic research, and invites them to engage in interactive self-study. DATA AFFAIRS is developed by the Collaborative Research Centre 1171 "Affective Societies".

B.forscht! Project catalogue for Classical Studies in Berlin-Brandenburg

B.forscht! offers detailed information on Classical Studies projects at universities and non-university research institutions in the Berlin-Brandenburg region. The project catalogue has been developed by Berliner Antike-Kolleg and CeDiS.

ORGANON terminology toolbox

The "ORGANON terminology toolbox" is a dynamically evolving terminology tool that represents the use of terms in different discourses and disciplines. It offers orientation in the landscape of interdisciplinary relevant terms and theories. Users can find an overview of relevant discourses, basic texts and further links to a specific term.

Online Encyclopaedia of the Nazi Genocide of the Sinti and Roma in Europe

The Encyclopaedia of the Nazi Genocide of the Sinti and Roma in Europe is the first comprehensive overview of the existing knowledge on the persecution and murder of the Sinti and Roma under National Socialism and during the Second World War (1933–1945). More than 90 authors from 25 countries (as of March 2024) are contributing articles on the history and aftermath of the genocide, also known as the ‘Holocaust of the Sinti and Roma‘.

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

“1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War” is an English-language virtual reference work of the First World War (OES-Status: enhancement under development).

OES Demo application

The OES Demo application is an exemplary and fictional online encyclopaedia created to provide users a first-hand experience of OES functionalities and features. It consists of an editorial layer (WordPress Plugin) to administrate and edit content, a website (WordPress Theme) to display the content and an exemplary data model including sample data.

Additional OES applications are in preparation:

  • Articulations (formerly LHTC) in cooperation with the EXC 2020 Temporal Communities, Freie Universität Berlin.
  • Implementation of the Onlinelexikon Systematische Theologie (SysLex) in cooperation with FEST, Universität Heidelberg.
  • Living Handbook "Keywords for the Study of Arabic Literary and Manuscript Traditions" (KALiMaT) in cooperation with the Arabic Studies (Prof. B. Gründler), Freie Universität Berlin. This DFG-funded project will start in October 2024.
  • Online lexicon "PITHOS Online Collection of Anatolian Material Culture" in cooperation with Néhèmie Strupler, Freie Universität Berlin
  • "arabicsociology.net" (handbook, bibliography) in cooperarion with Florian Zemmin, Freie Universität Berlin
  • "Projektbiographien" in cooperation with SFB 1171 Affective Societies, Freie Universität Berlin