The publishing of the West Virginia Encyclopedia in 2006 was a major effort, involving 600 writers, editors and graphic artists.

The 944 page book, which sold well, covered 2,118 subjects.

The WV Humanities Council placed it on-line for free reading and research at wvencyclopedia.org

The Council is updating the articles and adding new features to the site, and now a mapping feature has been upgraded to make maps more interactive and more article-specific.

The West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey in Morgantown provided a $21,094 grant for the project.

West Virginia Humanities Council says in a news release that the upgrade has expanded the encyclopedia's mapping capabilities for educators, students, librarians and the public.

The council launched the encyclopedia in 2010. It contains 2,300 articles, multimedia, quizzes and an opinion poll. The million-dollar project, mostly funded in part by the state, has actually made money.

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