To assure the coherence of the organization of the Virtual Encyclopaedia of Portuguese Expansion, the various contents have been organized in the following way:
- Anthroponyms (e.g. biographical entries of monarchs, bishops, viceroys, governors, or captains);
- Arts (e.g. artistic trends, architecture, or painting);
- Letters (e.g. authors, works, or literary genres);
- Politics (e.g. institutions or positions);
- Products (mainly goods, plants, and animal species transported across the seas of Asia and the Atlantic Ocean);
- Religion (e.g. Christian religious manifestations; religions of America, Africa, or Asia);
- Topics and events (e.g. diplomatic relations, treaties, or battles);
- Toponyms (e.g. places influenced by the Portuguese or of special importance in their routes and systems of alliances).
- General thematic chronologies;
- Coins, weights, and measures (with lists of equivalents);
- Maps (e.g. circulation; wind systems, routes, or strengths);
- Lists (e.g. bishops, viceroys, governors, or captains);
- Genealogies (e.g. links to the project, ?The nobility and the expansion?);
- Bibliographies of authors and subjects;
- Files and sources (descriptions and links).
The available articles conform to elaborated and pre-established criteria; specifically, the extent of information included in each article depends on the relative importance of each place, historical figure, or subject.
For each type of article (toponymic, anthroponymic, etc.), the Executive Committee has established a method that the authors respect whenever possible. With this standard, the systematic nature of the project is reinforced (avoiding disparities in the quality and quantity of data in each entry) and closely follows the examples of numerous renowned international encyclopaedias.
The Virtual Encyclopaedia of Portuguese Expansion has several means of navigation. The user can perform a text search by typing a word or phrase in the query box; the user can browse the alphabetical listing by selecting the letter with which a word or phrase begins; or lastly, the user can search within subject groups that have been defined by the Executive Committee. Subject groups are displayed in the horizontal menu on the page. Search results appear in the first vertical box. Each result is associated with other thematically relevant articles whose links appear in the second vertical box, and a history of the search is generated in the last vertical box for ease of navigation.
[translated from the Portuguese by John Starkey]