Europeana 1914-1918

Europeana 1914-1918 aims to document the First World War in everyday documents. Using the technique of crowdsourcing the site asks the public in Germany "to participate in building a digital European archive by contributing private memorabilia from the First World War". (Erster Weltkrieg in Alltagsdokumenten) "Europeana 1914-1918 is based on an initiative at the University of Oxford where people across Britain were asked to bring family letters, photographs and keepsakes from the War to be digitised. The success of the idea – which became the Great War Archive – has encouraged Europeana, Europe’s digital archive, library and museum, to bring the German National Library into an alliance with Oxford University to roll out the scheme in Germany. The collaboration will bring German stories online alongside their British counterparts in a 1914-18 archive." The goal of the Europeana 1914-1918 consortium is to "highlight the importance of WWI for a common European identity and be reflective of the different experiences of individuals and groups on all sides of the conflict including different ethnic, linguistic, political, social and religious communities and those opposed to the war." The project is funded by the Europeana Foundation in cooperation with several local partners. The project is under continuous development and is scheduled to come to a conclusion in 2014 – the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. The possibilities to search the materials are at present still relatively limited. Users can use a form of free text search or choose from a limited number of sample search terms. Of course, users can also just browse the entire collection.

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Friday, 21 February 2014 - 11:41am
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