We developed the digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, which launched November 2021. The web-based, free-access Encyclopedia of Indianapolis aims to be the major source of information on the city and region. Designated a legacy project of the Indianapolis Bicentennial Commission, the digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis is the hub of an innovative knowledge environment, linking resources from multiple organizations across desktop and mobile devices. It is highly visual, interactive, and dynamic.
This project builds on our work in 1994 when we published a 1,600-page encyclopedia that provides a comprehensive social, cultural, economic, historical, political, and physical description of Indianapolis. This research—the standard reference volume for information about the city—provides photographs, an abbreviated timeline, a statistical abstract, and interpretive essays. Featuring the work of 485 community and academic experts, the encyclopedia also includes information on the 8 counties that comprise the Indianapolis Metropolitan Area. Hailed as a national model for urban encyclopedias, it is available for purchase through a number of different sources including Amazon and Google Books.
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