AEIOU ( ) is a freely available online collection of reference works in both German and English about Austria -related topics.


The AEIOU project was launched in 1996 by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Research as part of Austria’s millennial celebrations. The first mention of the name Ostarrîchi , or Austria was in the year 996. The content was based on the German-language Österreich-Lexikon , first published in a printed version in 1995. Video files, and AEIOU soon grew into a multimedia information system .

The title AEIOU -the ” A nnotatable E lectronic I nteractive O esterreich U niversal Information System” – is an allusion to the old Habsburg motto, AEIOU . Suggestions for the improvements to articles can be made by reader; However, the aeiou Encyclopedia is not a wiki .

With an ever-growing number of Austrian classrooms having Internet access, the encyclopedia is today widely used by Austrian students at both high school and university levels. In the spring of 2005, Elizabeth Gehrer decided, for pecuniary reasons, to shut down Internet access to the effective encyclopedia April 1 . After strong protest the Ministry reversed its previous decision, and access was restored. There have been recent talks and negotiations on how the future encyclopedia could be updated.

See also

  • List of online encyclopedias

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