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Erster Weltkrieg in Alltagsdokumenten: Europas virtuelles Gedächtnis - Europeana

Objective

The objective of the project "Erster Weltkrieg in Alltagsdokumenten: Europas virtuelles Gedächtnis - Europeana" was to build an online archive of digitised objects relating to the First World War. The project was the first in a series of similar projects to be carried out under the auspices of the Europeana Foundation to enhance the Europeana portal by user-generated content. It built on the successful pilot project "The Great War Archive" carried out by the Oxford University Computing Services (OUCS) in 2008.

The German public was invited to digitise and submit material they own related to the First World War via an online submission website which has been available since March 2011: www.europeana1914-1918.eu. To raise awareness of the project and to support persons who would like to contribute but do not have the necessary know-how and technical equipment, a number of submission days were carried out between March and July 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Erfurt, Dresden, Kiel and Regensburg. On the submission days, citizens could bring their objects (letters, diaries, photographs, other items) to the respective libraries where they were scanned or photographed, the stories behind them recorded or noted and subsequently uploaded to the website.

Europeana plans to extend the project to at least ten European countries by 2014, the commemoration year of the beginning of the First World War. This online archive will represent the collected memory of the First World War of the peoples of Europe, providing stories of the war from multiple perspectives. The project was launched in Germany.

Project partners

Further partners in Germany

Project co-ordination

The German National Library was the co-ordinator of the German partners.

Funding

The project was co-funded by the Europeana Foundation.

Project duration

1 December 2010 - 30 June 2011

Project homepage

http://www.europeana1914-1918.eu/en

Publications

  • Woldering, Britta: Erster Weltkrieg in Alltagsdokumenten: Europas virtuelles Gedächtnis - Europeana. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek eröffnet mit deutschen Partnern ein mehrjähriges Crowdsourcing-Projekt für die Europeana. In: Dialog mit Bibliotheken 23, 2011/1, S. 54-57 urn:nbn:de:101-20111011133
  • Woldering, Britta: Erster Weltkrieg in Alltagsdokumenten: Europas virtuelles Gedächtnis - Europeana. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek schließt die Projektphase in Deutschland erfolgreich ab. In: Dialog mit Bibliotheken 23, 2011/2, S. 32-36 urn:nbn:de:101-2012030880

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