Austria Lexicon

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The Austria Lexicon (also Austria Lexicon ) is a subject lexicon about Austria .

It was edited by Richard Bamberger and Franz Maier-Bruck and was first published as Austria Lexicon in two volumes in the 1960s. The first volume A – K came out in 1966, the second volume L – Z in 1967. In 1968 the band made additions and corrections. In 1995 there was a new edition in two volumes. In 1996 the volumes were retro-digitized and put online and expanded as a freely accessible website under the aegis of the Graz University of Technology (Erzherzog-Johann-Universität). Since 2007 it has been continued by the Austria-Forum association as part of a platform that can be edited by the reader.


The new edition of the Austria Lexicon in 1995 comprised a two-volume work (1. [A – L] 735 pages, 2. [M – Z] 709 pages). In the new edition 2004 it contained around 14,000 key words and numerous illustrations on all subject areas of the Austriaka in three volumes .

The continuously developed edition, which is now available online under the name The new AEIOU Austria Lexicon in the Austria Forum at, already (as of 2009) includes over 16,000 entries, offers most of the articles in English, and is included other databases, in particular the Austrian image lexicon , as well as numerous subject databases and other online publications. It is - subject to registration - freely editable like a wiki platform , but is under strict moderation by specialist authors, and the materials are subject to copyright .


Richard Bamberger (1911–2007), the founder of the Austrian Youth Book Club , published a lexicon in the mid-1960s together with Franz Maier-Bruck, known as the author of the Great Sacher Cookbook, a lexicon that is in the tradition of the Austrian lexicons with the Austrian National Encyclopedia (published 1835–37 in Vienna) begins. Bamberger's wife Maria and Otto Langbein (long-time employees in the editorial department of the Austrian dictionary ) worked on the editorial team . In 1995 a new edition of the two volumes followed.

On the occasion of the millennium celebrations Austria in 1996 (with regard to the Ostarrîchi document 996) it was decided to digitize the lexicon and make it accessible online. The work was  revised on behalf of the then Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Art (BMWFK) with the participation of numerous well-known Austrian scientists and experts. At the Institute for Information Systems and Computer Media (IICM) under Hermann Maurer , a workflow management tool ( Hyperwave ) was developed that uses a principle similar to that of today's MediaWiki systems. This internet project was put online on the Graz University of Technology's servers and was entitled aeiou Österreich Lexikon - the cultural information system , referring to the old Austrian motto AEIOU , but interpreted as "The Annotable Electronic, Interactive Oesterreichische Universal-Informationssystem". In addition to the original text-and-image lexicon founded by Bamberger, expanded data materials and multimedia were also integrated, such as extensive image material from the Institute for Reality Studies of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period of the Austrian Academy of Sciences or sound material from various Austrian sound archives . In 2003, the database had a volume of approx. 3 gigabytes (texts mostly in RTF and special XML format based on the Doctype definition / DTD from Xipolis).

In 2004 Ernst Bruckmüller's work was republished in book form in three volumes on the basis of the online inventory that had already been expanded at the time.

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When the funding expired in 2005, the continued existence of the web edition was endangered, and some of the authors and supervisors of the web system founded the Austria-Forum association . Today it hosts a mirror of the original aeiou lexicon, and a much more extensive range of data in which the evolving Austrian lexicon is only a core area.

Authorship and publishing association Österreich-Lexikon

In the status of the new publication in 2004, the authors and publishers include :

Founded by

Continued and expanded by the editors

Editors :

  • Head: Johann Lehner
  • Collaboration: Herbert Schillinger
  • Word processing: Irmtraud Weishaupt

Editing :

  • Brigitte Stammler
  • Brigitte Werner

Picture editing:

  • Katja Erlach
  • Helmut Maurer


  • Brigitte Werner

Scientific advisory board

Publishing association Österreich-Lexikon:


  • Richard Bamberger, Franz Maier-Bruck (Ed.), Maria Bamberger, Otto Langbein (Red.): Austria Lexicon in two volumes. Österreichischer Bundesverlag / Verlag für Jugend und Volk, Vienna / Munich 1966/1967/1968, DNB 457730706 .
  • Richard Bamberger, Franz Maier-Bruck: Austria Lexicon in two volumes . Ed .: Karl Gutkas. Publishing association Österreich-Lexikon-Brandstätter-Hölzl, Vienna 1995, ISBN 3-9500438-0-2 .
  • Ernst Bruckmüller (Ed.): Österreich-Lexikon . 1st edition. Verlagsgemeinschaft Österreich-Lexikon, Vienna 2004, ISBN 3-85498-385-9 (volumes 1–3 in slipcase).
  • Author community: aeiou Austria Lexicon - the cultural information system. Graz University of Technology, archived from the original ; accessed on July 9, 2011 (created 1996-2004,, formerly
  • Author community: The new AEIOU Austria Lexicon. In: Austria Forum. Association "Friends of the Austria Forum", accessed on July 9, 2011 (created 1996–2009 online,

See also


  • Andreas Thaller: Prototype development of a special workflow management tool for the electronic Austria Lexicon . Master thesis. Ed .: Technische Universität Erzherzog-Johann-Universität - Graz Institute for Information Processing and Computer-Aided New Media. Graz December 2003 ( pdf , [accessed on February 25, 2011]).

Individual evidence

  1. a b See Österreich-Lexikon in two volumes 1966/1967 and supplementary / amendment volume 1968, entry in DNB 457730706 .
  2. ^ Austria Forum. In: Digital Library, »Digital Library» Databases »Overview AZ. Free University of Berlin, accessed on April 16, 2011 .
  3. ^ Peter Diem : The Austria Forum. The Austrian Internet Encyclopedia . Ed .: Graz University of Technology. February 12, 2011 ( pdf , Austria-Forum → Information on the Austria-Forum → Detailed description [accessed on April 17, 2011]).
  4. see cultural information system AEIOU , website of the Federal Ministry for Science, Transport and Art ( Memento from February 10, 2003 in the Internet Archive )
  5. ^ A. Thaller: Prototype development of a special workflow management tool for the electronic Austria Lexicon . Master thesis. 2003, 5. The electronic Austria Lexicon and AEIOU. 5.1 story , p. 24 .
  6. ^ A. Thaller: Prototype development of a special workflow management tool for the electronic Austria Lexicon . Master thesis. 2003, 5. The electronic Austria Lexicon and AEIOU. 5.2 ACTUAL state , p. 28 .
  7. ^ A. Thaller: Prototype development of a special workflow management tool for the electronic Austria Lexicon . Master thesis. 2003, p. 32 .
  8. ^ The Austria Lexicon in book form . Ö-Lexikon Credits,