The OES Demo application (OES Demo) provides an fictional online encyclopedia that allows you to experience the frontend and the editorial layer of an exemplary application. OES Demo includes a basic online encyclopedia administrated by the WordPress admin dashboard and displayed by a WordPress theme.


Disclaimer: Please note that the content of the OES demo encylopedia was created merely for demonstrational purposes, it makes no claim of being correct and complete. Some articles describe prominent reference works (see Articles:Reference works),  others describe academic online encyclopedias that have already been created using the OES framework (Articles:OES Applications).


Get to know the OES Demo application

The Open Encyclopedia System (OES) is a WordPress plugin. WordPress is a free content management system that stores content and enables a user to create and publish webpages in a simple and intuitive way. For more information about WordPress and its potential see https://wordpress.com/. The OES Demo application consists of a customised WordPress admin dashboard where users with specific rights can create, edit and manage content or configure the application (the “editorial layer”), a data model that is part of the OES Demo plugin sources and a WordPress theme which is the web template system for this public website (the “frontend”).

Data Model

For the OES Demo online encyclopedia the data model consists of different content types called post types. The main post type is an article. An article holds the actual article content and additional information such as the title, publication date, DOI, etc. It can be connected to other post types such as contributors. The post type contributor consists of information about a contributing person such as name, contact information and authority files. A contributor can be an author of an article or an additional contributor (e.g. translator) to an article. Further post types are glossary entries, bibliographic entries and multiple index entries, which can all be connected to articles and partly connected among themselves. The data model includes also taxonomies which can group and enrich post types, e.g. the taxonomy ‘Categories’ groups articles into ‘Reference Works’ and ‘OES Use Cases’ and the taxonomy ‘Author Keywords’ adds tags to articles. The OES features “Versioning” and “Translations” enables different versions of an article that are grouped and organised by a post type master article.

Data Model
Figure 1: Data Model
Editorial Layer

You can access the editorial layer to explore the data model and configuration options via the “Login to Backend” button in the footer below. Please send an email to info@open-encyclopedia-system.org to obtain access to the backend. Note that this is a read-only access, i.e. you cannot add, modify or delete any data or configurations.

Editing Layer
Figure 2: Editorial Layer
Explore the OES Demo in depth

OES is a WordPress plugin, developed on WordPress version 5.4.2. A typical OES application consists of the OES Core plugin and an additional OES project plugin which implements the OES features for the application. Hence, in order to explore the OES Demo framework in depth (e.g. adding content, modifying the data model and setting configuration options), you need to download the OES Core plugin and the OES Demo project plugin and install it locally.

You can get the current stable version of the OES Core plugin (version 0.5, release date: 31.10.2020) at https://github.com/open-encyclopedia-system/. The sources include an installation guide. The OES Demo plugin can be found at  https://github.com/open-encyclopedia-system/oes-demo and the OES Demo theme at https://github.com/open-encyclopedia-system/oes-demo-theme.

Create your own OES Demo-based online reference work

Once you have downloaded the OES software (see above) and have made yourself familiar with the data model and the configuration options you can create your own online reference work. You can use the OES Demo as a starting point and tailor it to your needs. Recommended steps are: 

  1. Remove the OES Demo data from the data base.
  2. Customise the data model using the configuration options inside the editorial layer or edit the data model via configuration files inside the OES Demo sources.
  3. Tailor your website by adjusting the OES Demo theme via the configuration options inside the editorial layer or editing the OES Demo theme sources.
  4. Create and/or import your own data.

If you want to make major changes to the data model or the website theme you will have to edit the OES Demo sources. This requires knowledge of WordPress plugins and themes.

Acknowledgement

The Open Encyclopedia System (OES) software (https://www.open-encyclopedia-system.org) and the OES Demo application were developed at the Center for Digital Systems, Freie Universität Berlin, and are continuously enhanced. The development of the OES Software was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 2016-2020 as part of the project “From 1914-1918-online to the Open Encyclopedia System” (see GEPRIS entry).