e-WV: West Virginia’s Online Encyclopedia Launched in September

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e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia made its online debut September 13. The site, http://www.wvencyclopedia.org, features more than 2,200 articles by nearly 600 expert writers, enhanced by audio and video and thousands of photos, maps, and illustrations. There are 12,000 events in the master time line, thousands of points available in the interactive maps, and 10,000 keywords to drive the search process. e-WV is a unique information asset for teachers, students and ordinary, curious West Virginians.

Curious about a date in West Virginia history? Trying to remember more about a West Virginia town? Finding that information is as close as your computer and as easy as e-WV (http://www.wvencyclopedia.org). Ken Sullivan, executive director of the West Virginia Humanities Council, and students from Horace Mann Middle School launched the exciting new online reference resource for the Mountain State in ceremonies at the Culture Center in Charleston WV, Monday, September 13.

e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia, developed by the West Virginia Humanities Council, is an interactive site showcasing West Virginia’s history, culture, and people. It is thoroughly innovative, enhanced with audio and video, hundreds of illustrations, maps, time lines, and other features. In keeping with the Humanities Council mission of service, e-WV is free of charge and available to anyone with access to a computer and Internet connection.

"Big is the operative word,” said Ken Sullivan, director of the Humanities Council and e-WV editor-in-chief. “There are more than 2,000 articles, thousands of points available in the interactive maps, and 10,000 keywords to drive the search process. There are more than 12,000 items in the master time line. This thing is big, and it will get bigger as West Virginians put it to work.”

e-WV is the latest product of the West Virginia Encyclopedia project, which has been under way at the Humanities Council for more than a decade. The project is best known for its one-volume West Virginia Encyclopedia, which became a regional bestseller after its publication on June 20, 2006.

e-WV, based on unique content delivered on a custom software platform, was developed for the Humanities Council by Information Research Corporation of Fairmont and Weston. The online project received a $150,000 grant from Verizon and planning assistance from the West Virginia Library Commission.

The West Virginia Humanities Council is a nonprofit corporation governed by a board of directors whose members are drawn from all parts of West Virginia. It is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supported by the NEH, the State of West Virginia, and by contributions from the private sector. The purposes of the West Virginia Humanities Council are educational, and its mission is to support a vigorous program in the humanities statewide in West Virginia.

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