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About Events

Events You can search for known events such as press events, speeches and lectures, fairs and exhibitions, seminars, congresses and further important special events. To do so, you can use different sources, search relative or date-specific time periods (from/to) and filter by various criteria (such as geographic regions, editorial subject areas, economic sectors, special events, particular properties).
Event sources The search for events provides various event sources that are updated continually.
Regions Regions are used to filter search results geographically.
Geographic regions The following regions are currently defined:
Österreich (Austria)Steiermark (Styria)
Wien (Vienna)Tirol (Tyrol)
Kärnten (Carinthia)EU-Länder (ohne Österreich) (EU countries (without Austria))
Niederösterreich (Lower Austria)CEE und Baltikum (CEE countries and Baltic region)
Oberösterreich (Upper Austria)International (ohne EU, CEE) (International (without EU, CEE))
Departments Departments provide an editorial filtering aspect for events by subject area.
Editorial subject areas The following departments are currently defined:
Außenpolitik (Foreign affairs)Innenpolitik (Home affairs)
Börse (Stock exchange)Wirtschaft (Economy)
Chronik (General news)Medien (Media)
Kultur (Culture)Sport (Sports)
Wissenschaft/Bildung (Science/Education)
Sectors Sectors allow you to differentiate the events of different economic sectors.
Different economic sectors The following sectors are currently defined:
Bau (Construction)Industrie (Industry)
Bildung (Education)IT
CommunitiesJustiz (Judiciary)
Energie (Energy)Karriere (Career)
EngineeringLebensmittel (Food)
Europa (Europe)Medien (Media)
Finanzen (Finance)Touristik (Tourism)
Forschung (Research)Umwelt (Environment)
Gesundheit (Healthcare)Verkehr (Transportation)
Handel (Commerce)Ohne Branche (No sector)
Events You can restrict your search to events of a particular kind.
Special events The following events are currently defined:
Pressetermine (Press events)Allgemeine Termine (General events)
Ausstellungen (Exhibitions)Bühne (Theatre)
Gesellschaft (Society)Jahrestage (Anniversaries)
Prozesse (Trials)Konferenz/Tagung (Conference/meeting)
Messen (Fairs)Sport-Veranstaltungen (Sports events)
Vortrag/Diskussion (Lecture/discussion)Wahlen (Elections)
Service features Service features allow you to search for events with a particular property (e.g. cancelled events)
Special properties The following service features are currently defined:
APA berichtet (APA reporting)BILD berichtet (BILD (PICTURE) reporting)
GRAFIK berichtet (GRAFIK (GRAPHIC) reporting)VIDEO berichtet (VIDEO reporting)
abgesagt (cancelled)verschoben (postponed)
Toptermine (Top events)TopThema (TopTopic)
Termine mit OTS (Events with OTS)Ohne Zwischentermine (Without mid events)
For generally available search templates of Events, the option Ohne Zwischentermin (Without mid events) is preselected. As a result, only main events are displayed. In the case of a five-day congress, for example, only the first and last day of the congress are displayed.

About the search term

Exact search

Exact search is searching for the string of characters entered in the search field in exactly the same way as you enter it and includes the use of upper and lower case. This may be used for search terms taking different meanings according to grammar.

To use exact search, in the search field, enter your search term exactly as required and put it in straight, single, upper quotation marks.


'Lahm' is searching for the football player Philipp Lahm, but not for the German adjective "lahm" (lame) – except if the adjective is written with a capital first letter at the beginning of a sentence.

'VOR' is searching for the Austrian transport association “Verkehrsverbund Ostregion”, but not for the German preposition "vor".

Only use the quotation marks '<search term>', but not <search term> or ´<search term>`.

Exact search can be combined with other search terms or search options.

Combining search terms
Combining search terms In the search field, you enter those terms that are to be present in the article text. You can use the following combinations of search terms to bring search terms into a relation with each other.

Using UND or AND only finds articles with both search terms present.

Two adjacent words are automatically linked with AND .

ODER or OR If two search terms are linked with ODER or OR , the search produces a list of all articles containing at least one of the two search terms.

When UND NICHT, NICHT or NOT is used to link search terms, the search produces a list of articles containing the first search term, but not the second.

Example: ENVIRONMENT NOT CLIMATE finds all articles containing the search term “environment” but not “climate”.


Use brackets to combine several linked search terms.


Phrase search "

To search for a phrase, all words must be enclosed in inverted commas (“”), for example “Ban Ki-moon” or “United Nations”.

Use inverted commas also for search terms containing spaces or keywords such as NOT, for example "Nachbar in Not".

Placeholders allow you to search for variations of words.
Placeholder *

* can be used as a placeholder for any part of a word.

Example: “Hous*” produces search results for “housing”, “housekeeping”, ...

Placeholder :

: can be used as a placeholder for single characters.

You can use this placeholder several times within one word.

Example: “yo::::rt” produces the search results “yoghourt” as well as “yogurt”.

Additional operators
CONTAINS.n (list)

By using CONTAINS.n (list) , you can enter a list of words separated by commas where at least as many words need to be present in the article text as is indicated in the n parameter.

If the operator CONTAINS is used without the n parameter, this corresponds to an ANDlink.

NEAR.n (list) By using NEAR.n (list) , you can enter a list of words separated by commas where the distance between these words in the article text must not be larger than the number of words as indicated in the n parameter. If no parameter is used, the words must be in close proximity.
ATLEAST.n (Phrase) By using ATLEAST.n (Phrase) , you can indicate how often the entered phrase must be present in the article text.

Using PRIO or PRIORITAET you can filter important articles according to the prioritisation that has been assigned to them.

The following prioritisations are used:

Prioritisation Name Short form

You can combine prioritisations with the operators<, <=, =, >=, >.

Example: In a search for all articles with the prioritisation 1, 2 or 3, enter the following search term: PRIO<=3

Frequently used database fields
Searches can be executed within individual database fields.
The following database fields are frequently used for searches in agency sources:
TITEL=(search term) TITEL=EU finds all articles containing “EU” in the article’s title. [The German word “TITEL” stands for “title”.]
STICHWORT=(search term)

All agency articles contain keywords that you can use in your searches. [The German word “STICHWORT” stands for “keyword”.]

For a list of keywords click APA-Metadaten - IPTC Media Topic Newscodes in the Help menu. This document is only available in German.

STICHWORT=UMWELT finds all articles that are predominantly giving information on the environment.
QUELLE=(search term) QUELLE=APR finds all OTS press releases – primarily in the OTS dababase – that have been sent using the sender code “APR (Austria Presse Agentur). [The German word “QUELLE” stands for “source”.]
The following database fields are frequently used in searches in newspapers, online media as well as radio and TV sources:
MUTATION=(search term)

MUTATION=NIEDERÖSTERREICH finds all newspaper articles with the entry “Niederösterreich” (Lower Austria) in the database field “Mutation”. [The German word “MUTATION” stands for “variant”.]

Media are using different variants for Austria’s federal provinces.

MUTATION=ZIB2 2200 finds all ZIB 2 news programs in the transcripts of electronic media that have been broadcast at 10 pm.

SEITE=(search term) SEITE=1 brings you to a newspaper’s front page. [The German word “SEITE” stands for “page”.]
AUSGABE=(search term) AUSGABE=18/2016 finds the 18th edition of the year 2016. [The German word “AUSGABE” stands for “edition”.]
Word stem search
Active A search where the word stem search has been activated will also produce articles containing grammatical variations of the search term. For example, a search for “house” will also produce hits containing the word “houses”. Word stem searches are activated by default for generally available search templates.
Inactive If the word stem search has been deactivated, grammatical variations are not considered. You can instead use placeholders.
List of suggestions
Suggestions for searches While you enter a search term, a list of up to ten suggestions for search terms is displayed. If your search term consists of several words, only the last word is used for suggestions.

About agency departments

Choosing departments By choosing a particular department, you can limit your search results to a particular subject area. You can furthermore limit your search to national and/or international articles and define the type of services you want to include in your search.
Agency departments The following agency departments are available:
Außenpolitik (Foreign affairs)Kultur (Culture)
Innenpolitik (Home affairs)Sport (Sports)
Wirtschaft (Economy)Wissenschaft/Bildung (Science/Education)
Börse (Stock exchange)Medien (Media)
Chronik (General news)
Category The category Österreich (Austria) comprises all regional articles while the category International comprises all trans-regional ones. By default, both categories are pre-selected.
Services The following services are available:
Bild (Picture)
Deselecting all restrictions Click deselect all to remove all restrictions. Alternatively you can clear the respective checkboxes.

About the search result

The search result can be displayed in the form of a list or a gallery. Newly received articles can be displayed automatically.
You can filter the search result and also select articles to print or save them as a PDF or RTF file or as a ZIP file.
Automatic refreshing
The Automatic refreshing checkbox is only displayed if the search has been defined with automatic refreshing.
Active If the checkbox has been activated, newly received articles are displayed at the top of the list or gallery of results and are highlighted. After a short while, the highlighting is removed so as not to disturb your workflow.
Inactive If the checkbox has been deactivated (default setting), a red notification showing the number of new articles is displayed. Click Load x new articles to display the new articles at the top of the first page of search results.
Filter area
Grouping The Filter area displays the search results in several groups of articles based on content-relevant categories. For each category, a maximum of ten groups for the highest number of articles is displayed, sorted in a descending order by the number of hits. Click a group to display its articles.
Bar view The number of hits per group is indicated by its number and a bar. The length of the bar is relative to the number of hits of the largest group.
Subject groups Subject groups are assembled according to the relevance and prominence of the search term in the articles and are provided by the application.
Persons Hits are grouped according to relevant people based on the frequency of occurrence in articles.
Locations Based on the search result, the most frequent and relevant locations are assembled in groups.
Sources The grouping of hits is done by the frequency of a source.
More/fewer If more than three groups have been assembled, you can click more/fewer to change the number of groups displayed (between three and ten entries).
Resetting a filter To reset the current filter, click reset in the header area or click Search results in the navigation path.
Time distribution area
The Time distribution area shows how often a search term has been used at different times within the defined time period by the selected sources. The height of the bars represents the respective number of hits.
Selecting a time period You can select adjacent bars by clicking and dragging the mouse pointer over them. This limits the list of search results to articles of the selected time period.
Resetting To reset the current time distribution, click reset in the Time distribution header or click Search results in the navigation path.

About the article text

Linked articles area
Articles and events can be linked to other articles or events. Their content is in relation to each other.
Linked articles The Linked articles area shows a list of articles that are linked by content with the article displayed. The source as well as the title linked to the article text are equally displayed. Click a title to display the respective article text.
More/fewer If more than three linked articles have been assembled, you can click more/fewer to change the number of articles displayed (between three and ten entries).
Similar articles area
Search for similar articles A search for articles that are similar in content is automatically executed for each article text. By default, all sources of the original search are considered. The time period is also the same as for the original search. However, if your search period was too short, the search for similar articles is extended over the past two months.
Similar articles The Similar articles area shows a list of articles that are similar in content to the article displayed. The source as well as the title linked to the article text are equally displayed. Click a title to display the respective article text.
More/fewer If more than three similar articles have been assembled, you can click more/fewer to change the number of articles displayed (between three and ten entries).

About login

Logging in

At login you enter your user name and the valid password.

Please note that the password is case sensitive.

Confirm your entries by clicking login.

Your login data is authenticated, and a search using your standard search template is executed.

Forgot your password?

If you have forgotten your password, click Forgot your password? on the Login page.

You will receive an e-mail at the e-mail address that you have specified in the Settings. This e-mail contains a link to a web site where your new password is indicated.

Please note that this link is valid for one hour.

When you log on with the new password you have received, you are prompted to enter your own new password and confirm it. Complete the change of password by clicking login.

Automatic login If you have activated the Automatically log on to this computer checkbox at login, your user name and password are encrypted and stored on your computer. You will automatically be logged in when you start the AOMweb again. In order to use this function, web browser cookies must be allowed.

If you want to stop automatic login, in the Settings, deactivate the Remember login checkbox.

This checkbox is only displayed if you have activated automatic login.

General issues

Navigation path

The last link of the navigation path (breadcrumbs) always indicates the previous display of the main areas (Search, Events, Folders or Alerts). The links further to the left lead you directly to further previous displays of the respective area.

The following displays are possible:

Search settings The search settings of the respective main are (which is the root link at the very left)
Search result The result page that was last displayed, including filter criteria, as well as
Article text The article text of the hit that was last displayed, including linked or similar articles if available.
Logging out To stop the connection to the server and go back to the Login page, click log out next to your user name.