We dream of an encyclopedia that gives everyone access to a precise picture of the broad socio-political situation today. Only with a global perspective can we build a truly human world.
Thanks to the global media environment, we currently have access to knowledge about almost any issue from around the world at our fingertips. The journalistic media provide news, stories, expert analyses, and explainers, and Wikipedia offers a user-friendly introduction to nearly any topic. All of this, supported by citizen journalism via social media, and we can directly witness global events.
However, despite this scope, there is a lack of media outlets that bring all the information together so that anyone anywhere can easily develop a comprehensive understanding of the situation around the world.
Entries Written by Experts: Our encyclopedia is based on big-picture scientific entries that provide comprehensive overviews of the issues in a user-friendly format. For each entry, we seek a relevant specialist. These are primarily academics from universities and research centres but also include researchers from respected NGOs, neutral think tanks, and specialised journalists.
Embedded Into a World Map: We plan to complement our encyclopedia with an interactive socio-political map of the world. By bringing together existing data, country profiles with recommended third-party resources, and visualisations of global topics, it will allow everyone to see the complete picture in a compact and easy-to-use way.
Descriptive & Neutral: By avoiding political and ethical associations and remaining open to novel ideas, our long-term goal is to create an informative source for people of various backgrounds.
An Easily Accessible Source: Inspired by other encyclopedias such as Wikipedia and Britannica, we hope to become an easy-to-access resource that is available in moments when people need a global picture. To achieve this, we aim to become interconnected with Google searches and selected Wikipedia entries while building partnerships with journalists, NGOs, and influencers.
Multilingual Objective: Although originally created in English, we are not solely aimed at English-speaking audiences. To ensure this resource is available to anyone anywhere, we will be working with translators and AI translation tools.
Member Focus: We are a non-profit non-governmental initiative that aims to be funded primarily by our membership community. This income can be additionally supported by institutional or private grants and through cooperation with universities and NGOs. With this funding model, the members will always be at the core.
In 2015 in the Balkans while providing water and blankets to Syrian refugees. Then, a student-led initiative called the Online Encyclopedia of Migration was formed. It aimed to explain the situation in countries from which migrants were coming to Europe. From there, we decided to design a broader information source through which everyone would be able to understand the overall socio-political situation in today's world.
The prototype was launched in 2017 in the Czech Republic. From there, our encyclopedia developed as a digital platform to provide well-researched information about migration.
During this time, we collaborated with various academic institutions, NGOs and media outlets in the Czech Republic, which resulted in our special feature projects: The Story of the Syrian War and Went to Europe.
The student project motivated us to learn about the global media system, it's strengths, and it's weaknesses. We were inspired to begin designing a new information source to address the issues that we saw.
The first version of our encyclopedia is ready. Now, while building our first membership community, we will focus on further developing our initial themes, testing the encyclopedia, and negotiating new academic, funding, and media partnerships.
Once we have the required funding, we will begin embedding our encyclopedia into an interactive socio-political map of the world. Gradually, version by version, we will develop an ideal interface.
Once we've reached the sustainable goal of 3000 members donating monthly, we will begin filling the gaps in the map with entries covering individual countries and global topics; we will also focus more extensively on cooperation with journalists, NGOs, and influencers.
We do not create the content ourselves. Our role is similar to that of an academic journal. We build the infrastructure and perform the editorial tasks while inviting scholars and other specialists from all over the world to contribute.
Through partnerships across the global media system, we aim to deliver our source to everyone in the moments they most need it. In this way, our encyclopedia will be easily accessible to anyone anywhere.
Help introduce specialists and guarantee the quality and neutrality of the content.
Help accelerate our development and fund specific projects.
Help deliver our entries to the public via hypertext links, quotations, interactive info boxes, and other paths.
Currently, we are an international team of 15 individuals who work remotely and are mostly volunteers. We combine knowledge in human and social sciences with skills in IT, marketing, and media studies. Many of us are personally motivated by events such as the 2015 refugee crisis and the war in Ukraine. Over the course of the 8-year project, around 150 individuals have been involved.
We are a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that has been registered in the Czech Republic since 2016 (Online encyklopedie migrace, z.s.).
We are looking for specialised authors, and academic, media, and funding partners who can help us establish our new encyclopedia.
Atlas of Today’s World is membership-driven. By joining our community, you enable us to reach the next development milestones, create new content, build partnerships and deliver our resource to more people around the world.