Open Encyclopedia System (OES)

OES is an open source, standardised online platform for creating, publishing and maintaining online encyclopedias (and other works of reference) in the fields of the Humanities and the Social Sciences that are accessible worldwide via Open Access. For more information on the OES framework and current OES use cases visit the Open Encyclopedia System website.

OES Demo application (OES Demo)

OES Demo (this website) is an exemplary online encyclopedia created with the OES framework and offers users a first-hand experience of OES  functionalities and features. The OES Demo consists of an editorial layer (WordPress Plugin) to administrate and edit content or configure OES features, a website (WordPress Theme) to display the content and an exemplary data model including sample data. The OES framework can be used to realise a customised online reference work. See About OES Demo on different ways to use the OES Demo application.

OES Use Cases

At present four online reference works are realised using the OES framework, ranging from online encyclopedia to online handbook. Click on the links below to access their websites or read more about the use cases in our exemplary articles.

Featured Article : Encyclopædia Britannica
The Encyclopædia Britannica is the oldest English-language general encyclopedia and was first published in 1768 in Edinburgh. The Encyclopædia Britannica relies “upon both outside experts and its own editors with various subject-area proficiencies to write its entries, and has a long-held reputation for readability and accuracy." In 2012, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. announced that future printings would be discontinued and replaced by digital products.

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