Public Knowledge Project: Open Journal Systems

Open Journal Systems (OJS) is an open-source software application for managing and publishing scholarly journals. Originally developed and released by PKP in 2001 to improve access to research, it is the most widely used open source journal publishing platform in existence, with over 25,000 journals using it worldwide. […]

AirPano: A virtual journey around the world

Future Trends: Today’s news for tomorrow’s world

Here’s what you need to know: Russia shells Ukrainian nuclear power plant, Peruvian PM resigns amid investigations into President Castillo, Rwanda intervened militarily in Eastern Congo, Bank of England hikes rates as it predicts 13% inflation and long recession, France tackles its worst drought on record, conjoined twins separated with help of Virtual Reality.[…]

Inflation rates OECD June 2022

3 Aug 2022 – Year-on-year inflation in the OECD as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose to 10.3% in June 2022 (Figure 1), compared with 9.7% in May 2022. This represents the sharpest price increase since June 1988. Year-on-year inflation, which continues to be impacted by food and energy prices, increased in all countries except Germany, Japan and the Netherlands. About one-third of OECD countries recorded double-digit inflation, with the highest rate recorded in Türkiye (78.6%). By contrast, the lowest rate was recorded in Japan (2.4%) […]

LAB25 (Libraries and Archives Blueprint 2025)

A five-year plan reimagining the future of libraries and archives.

“The pandemic has shown us that there is not much that can be predicted with absolute certainty. In this changed world and the world that we will transit into, we have to be prepared to adapt and ride on possibilities that present themselves. LAB25 is NLB’s response in this spirit and sets out how we will be with you as together, we refocus libraries and archives to empower you to learn and discover continuously to be ready for the future […]

Tribute to Father of Library Science [Ranganathan] on his birth anniversary

S.R. Ranganathan, in full Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan, (born August 9, 1892, Shiyali, Madras, India—died September 27, 1972, Bangalore, Mysore), Indian librarian and educator who was considered the father of library science in India and whose contributions had worldwide influence.

Library Mobile Introduction

Put Your Library in Your Users’ Pockets

Watch this short video to learn how the Ex Libris Library App allows patrons to access your library from the palm of their hand.

Help your faculty and students enjoy library services and collections on the go!

The Library Mobile app enables your library to deploy a consolidated modern experience delivered through native apps

TikTok and the Fall of the Social-Media Giants

Last month, Blake Chandlee, TikTok’s president of global business solutions, was asked if he was concerned about competition from existing social-media networks like Facebook. Chandlee, who spent more than twelve years at Mark Zuckerberg’s company before moving to TikTok, dismissed the idea. “Facebook is a social platform. They’ve built all their algorithms based on the social graph,” he said, referring to the network of links to friends, family, and casual acquaintances that Facebook users painstakingly assemble over time. “We are an entertainment platform. The difference is significant.” Chandlee appeared to be responding to recent moves made by Facebook. Last year, the company integrated a TikTok-style short-video format called Reels directly into its main app. Then, in an internal memo sent this spring, Tom Alison, a senior executive at the social-media giant, announced a plan to modify the platform’s news feed to focus more on these short videos, tweaking the algorithm to display the most engaging content, even if these selections are “unconnected” to accounts that a user has friended or followed. Facebook, it seems, is moving away from its traditional focus on text and images, spread among people who know one another, to instead adopt TikTok’s emphasis on pure distraction. This shift is not surprising given TikTok’s phenomenal popularity, but it’s also shortsighted: platforms like Facebook could be doomed if they fail to maintain the social graphs upon which they built their kingdoms.[…]

World History Encyclopedia

About Us
We are a non-profit organization publishing the world’s most-read history encyclopedia.

Our Mission
Our mission is to engage people with cultural heritage and to improve history education worldwide.

Our Vision
Studying history helps us gain a more nuanced understanding of the world we live in today. Our knowledge and interpretation of history shape how we define ourselves as nations and as cultures, and it influences how we see and interact with other cultures. We help people across the globe gain a deeper, fundamental knowledge of our interconnected human past in order to create curious, open-minded, and tolerant societies in the future.

Our Work

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We want to make history engaging and compelling, inspiring our users and visitors to learn more. We reach the digital generation by sharing an array of historical topics and narratives through text, video, interactive features, and social media.

Every submission to the encyclopedia is carefully reviewed by our editorial team, making sure only the highest quality content is published to our site. Our publication follows academic standards, but it is written in an easy-to-read manner with students and the general public in mind. As a result, our publication is recommended by many educational institutions including: 

We were the proud winners of the .eu Web Award for education in 2016, and we have organizational and media partners in Europe, North America, and South America. World History Encyclopedia has also received grants from cultural and research organizations in the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to transparency. Please feel free to review our annual reports to see how we invest our donations and membership revenue.

Our Story

World History Encyclopedia was founded in 2009 by Jan van der Crabben. He realized that the internet was missing a reliable and comprehensive resource for ancient history, which is why the website was called Ancient History Encyclopedia until it changed its name to World History Encyclopedia in 2021. What was available online was either scattered across various websites, illegible due to poor presentations or tainted with a distinct nationalist agenda.

Jan also had the idea that history was not linear (as it is taught in most school coursebooks), but rather a very parallel type of story, where everything is interlinked. After much programming on a netbook during daily train rides from London to Horsham in the United Kingdom, the site was launched to the public in August 2009. Since then, it has grown from a small hist[…]

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