In its four volumes, the biographical lexicon offers more than 1,500 name articles, the register of persons included in volume IV provides a further 10,000 or so personal details. The temporal selection criterion is the significance of the persons recorded in the epochs from the Middle Ages to 1945.
The Biographical Portal provides access to the following services via a common register:
The spectrum of biographies covers all areas of public life such as politics, business and technology, science, art and culture. Chronologically, the offer ranges from antiquity to almost the present.
The "Online Polish Biographical Dictionary" is the Internet version of the Polish Biographical Dictionary "Polski Słownik Biograficzny" published by the Polish Academy of Sciences and published in Cracow since 1935. The online version contains articles and - via the link to biogramy.pl (Polski Portal Biograficzny) - also media files on persons of Polish history. The period covered ranges from the 9th century to the year of death 2000.
The Austrian Biographical Lexicon 1815-1950 is an interdisciplinary and supranational encyclopaedia of important persons who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields through extraordinary achievements and who were born, lived or worked in the respective Austrian state federation (i.e. also in the former crown lands) and died between 1815 and 1950.
Austrian Biographical Lexicon | Premium version as pay-per-use licence (with significantly extended search options, e.g. full-text search in the articles)
The World Biographical Information System Online comprises several million short biographies from numerous reference works published from the 16th to the beginning of the 21st century. Among others are included: Baltic Biographical Archive, Biographical Archive of the Soviet Union, Czech and Slovak Biographical Archive, Greek Biographical Archive, Hungarian Biographical Archive, Jewish Biographical Archive, Polish Biographical Archive, Russian Biographical Archive, Southeast European Biographical Archive (national licence).
The database contains short descriptions of selected personalities from politics, economy, science and culture of East Central Europe. The underlying materials - the so-called personal archive with about 200,000 dossiers - are part of the press clippings collection, which comprises about 5 million units.