Europeana 1914-1918 thematic collection launches

Europeana 1914-1918 officially re-launches as a Europeana thematic collection today with personal stories, films and historical material about World War I from across Europe

Since 2011, Europeana 1914-1918 has built up a dedicated community through working with partners all over Europe. From Nicosia to Dublin and from Lisbon to Riga thousands of people brought their documents, artefacts and the stories that go with them to be can be scanned or photographed and added to the Europeana archive.

You can now discover these unique personal treasures in a clear and engaging way on Europeana Collections, alongside the national collections of libraries and important film archives, aiming to further open up World War I related content to Europeana visitors.

Thanks to the ability to search across the platform, all visitors can now also easily access related institutional sources from the other four thematic collections: Europeana Art, Music, Fashion and Photography.

Europeana 1914-1918 continues to invite users to contribute their personal stories and content relating to World War I. This ensures that Europeana 1914-1918 has a unique perspective on the World War I, showing it from every side of the battle lines and with insights from every point of view.

Europeana 1914-1918 will feature curated editorial content through blog posts, galleries and online exhibitions, and is supported by dedicated social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and a quarterly email newsletter.

Europeana Transcribathon Campus Berlin 2017

To launch the thematic collection and celebrate the achievements of Europeana 1914-1918 so far, on 22 and 23 June, the Berlin State Library will host the Europeana Transcribathon Campus Berlin 2017.

Over two days, cross-generational teams from several European countries will take part in a competition to transcribe and enrich as many historical documents from World War One as possible, and link them to other historical sources.

A recent innovation by Europeana, Transcribathon events gather people to create digital versions of handwritten items. Since the launch of the Transcribathon series in November, more than 12,000 documents and several million characters have been transcribed.

Europeana Transcribathon Campus Berlin 2017 is organized by Europeana, Facts & Files and the Berlin State Library, in cooperation with the German Digital Library and Wikimedia.

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