World Biographical Information System Online (Wbis Online)
K. G. Saur's World Biographical Information System Online (WBIS Online) is the most comprehensive and extensive biographical online library published online. The database contains a vast wealth of biographical information drawn from original sources. It covers men and women of all classes and professions and from all the countries and regions of the world, ranging from the 4th millennium BC to the present. These factors combine to give WBIS Online a social, geographic and historical scope that makes it unique. In past centuries thousands of biographical handbooks and reference works have been published all over the world. No library has a complete collection of all this material. WBIS Online is based on the digitization of microfiche collections drawn from K. G. Saur's Biographical Archives, which have been published since 1982. Each of these Biographical Archives covers a different language and cultural area. In each archive, the original texts taken from biographical articles published in a variety of reference works have been allocated to the names of individual persons. In WBIS Online these articles appear in the form of an exact copy of the original printed article. From alchemists to zoologists: the strength of the Biographical Archives lies in the diversity of the biographies that they contain. They include men and women from every century and from all professions and all walks of life, ranging from the world of science to politics, culture and business. Alongside painters, lawyers, doctors and sailors, the archives include journalists, clerics, aristocrats, writers and eccentrics, to mention but a small selection. WBIS Online thus gives a broad portrait of populations as theywere in real life, with their achievements, their developments, their peculiarities and their eccentricities. The Biographical Archives are drawn from a very diverse selection of sources. They encompass a wide range of works with contrasting aims and themes, including biographical dictionaries, history books, encyclopaedias, Who's Whos and almanacs. The remarkable breadth of biographical data is a result of combining of sources with different points of emphasis: from local through to national and international, from specialist dictionaries to general encyclopaedias.
- 01 Jan 2009
- K. G. Saur
"Projects such as WBIS Online stem themselves against the quantity of information, especially in the case of historical biographical research, which the internet pretents to offer, but cannot deliver. With this new tool, searching now has a new name. It is called: "Biography. A mouse click"