LONSEA presents a vast panorama of people, organisations and associations working in international contexts, including details about their activities, conferences, topics and publications. It is the first database of its kind and makes the networking activities of internationalists and the interconnectedness of international organisations readily accessible.
LONSEA can be used in different academic contexts. Students or teachers looking for information on specific topics, organisations or persons can use it to find biographical or institutional information and links to other databases and library catalogues.
The conditional tag clouds used in the interface of the database present a new path for discovering new research topics by opening up hitherto underestimated perspectives on the international networks in the interwar period.
Several data visualisation options display the content of LONSEA as charts, maps or graphs. Of these, the force directed layout, which shows the networks and direct links to the different datasets, is a new and cutting-edge way of approaching historical information.
Resource types: Text, Images
Time period: 1919 to 1946
Languages: English, French
The resource is publically available at http://www.lonsea.de
How can this resource be used in teaching, studying and research?
The intellectual added value is considerable: LONSEA is a collaborative research tool that integrates very different kinds of source material. The more information is collected in LONSEA the more yet unidentified networks can be discovered. Without this database, this process would be nearly impossible or require elaborate and time intensive archival research.