"1914-1918-online" consists of three institutions, each of which has a different focus and area of expertise.
The part of the Project Management that is based at the Friedrich Meinecke Institute (FMI) of Freie Universität Berlin is responsible for the conceptual planning as well as the realization of the project. Headed by Oliver Janz, the division has numerous experts and projects and has developed into a center of excellence for the history of the First World War. The editorial staff of the encyclopedia, also based at the FMI, is in charge of supporting the authors, adding multimedia materials, coordinating and organizing the reviews of the articles as well as their editing and translating.
The Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS) is the centre of excellence for e-learning, e-research and multimedia at Freie Universität Berlin. CeDiS is the key supplier of integrated support services relating to digital media and technology in education and academic research at Freie Universität Berlin. With its wide range of experiences in the field of e-humanities (e.g. Visual History Archive, Forced Labor 1939-1945. Memory and History), CeDiS possesses excellent know-how of research concerning the didactical approaches to the encyclopedia, as well as offering expertise in developments of novel navigation schemes and in their implementation. The Center for Digital Systems is in charge of the conceptual planning of the system architecture regarding the structure of the content, the technological support for the authoring and reviewing processes, the encyclopedia’s web-publishing, and the operation of the platforms.
The Bavarian State Library (BSB) is in charge of indexing the articles and assigning non-ambiguous personal identifiers via the “Gemeinsame Normdatei” (Common Authority File, GND). This standardized indexing allows for the increased visibility of the encyclopedia contents by search engines. Furthermore, the indexing enables users to directly follow links to further information on the topics, people and locations mentioned in the articles. Through indexing, links are created to comprehensive library collections that contain sources and literature on the First World War. Links to other web resources will increase the visibility of the encyclopedia. In addition to subject indexing, the Bavarian State Library will also be responsible for the long-term archiving and preservation of the encyclopedia.