The main objective of PAAS (Prosopography of the Members of the Austrian Academy of Sciences) is to collect, analyse, and evaluate prosopographical and biographical data of the approximately 3,000 members of the Austrian Academy of Sciences 1847–2022 in a structured and sustainable manner. This is achieved with the help of the dedicated web application PAAS. The application was originally developed by the APIS project of the ACDH-OeAW, and has been further enhanced and adapted in cooperation with the working group History of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (HAAS).
As an essential part of the planned new anthology on the history of the Austrian Academy of Sciences 1847–2022, the open app will enable users to retrieve information on the life and career paths of about 3,000 Academy members since 1847. Combined evaluation methods allow for an analysis of specific network structures and constellations in the field of science and scholarship in Central Europe.
The data concerning persons, places, institutions, events and publications are gathered in a structured way and linked with the GND (Gemeinsame Normdatei, ‘integrated authority file’) of the German National Library, the German-speaking library associations, the ZDB (Zeitschriftendatenbank, ‘periodicals database’) and the GeoNames geographical database.