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1 Europeana 1914-1918 Werner Weber Jill Cousins supported by Giuliana De Francesco

2 Europeana 1914-1918 The project creates a digital European archive based on private memorabilia from the First World War. Until 2014, the year of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1, pictures, letters and memorabilia are collected in digital form from many of the countries involved in the War Aim: To save peoples family memories of this tragedy that convulsed Europe and make them accessible to the world. This First World War digital archive makes it possible to renew and share their significance. The project is a partnership between Europeana, the German National Library and the Oxford University.

3 Europeana 1914-1918 In Germany the project started in March 2011. People in Germany are invited to share their private photographs, letters, diaries, short films, audio recordings, objects and their stories of the World War I. They can bring their memorabilia to the roadshows in several German cities. The items are digitized professionally and added to the online archive, along with corresponding descriptions. Independently of the roadshows, everyone can contribute their digitized images and information to the website

4 Europeana 1914-1918 BKM requested for the Project by Europeana Foundation BKM DNB(German National Library) to take over the coordination of the project Other German partners are: Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Württembergische Landesbibliothek / Bibliothek für Zeitgeschichte Facts and Files (press release and public relation )

5 Background Europeana 1914-1918 is based on an initiative launched in 2008 at the University of Oxford where people across the UK and the Commonwealth were asked to bring family letters, photographs, souvenirs and memorable stories from the First World War to be digitised. This produced a remarkable collection, the Great War Archive The success of the idea has encouraged Europeana, Europes digital archive, library and museum, and the German National Library into an alliance with Oxford University to roll out the scheme in Germany. in a 1914-18 archive.

6 Crowdsourcing The project is applying crowdsourcing to preserving European history: Collecting input from people at large and assembling a wide variety of family memorabilia which will be made accessible to the public and to researchers. Those who have direct memories of the war are very few now. Documents and letters, stories and souvenirs are often fragile, and those who hold them want to transmit them, and make sure the memories are preserved. The centenary of the war is approaching, and public interest will grow. Crowdsourcing provides opportunities online for people to discover more about the war, and to understand the different perspectives.

7 Roadshows so far: Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Frankfurt am Main, 31. March 2011 Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, 2. April 2011 Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, München, 6. April 2011 Württembergische Landesbibliothek /Bibliothek für Zeitgeschichte, Stuttgart, 12. April 2011 Stadt- und Regionalbibliothek Erfurt, 14. Juni 2011 Sächsische Landesbibliothek- Staats- und Universitätssbibliothek Dresden, 22. Juni 2011 Zentralbücherei Kiel, 29. Juni 2011 Staatliche Bibliothek Regensburg, 20. Juli 2011 Everyone can contribute: Offline

8 Extraordinary success nal_publicationdate/SDESCENDING/S1914-1918/T/T/T.html

9 Follow up in Germany Continuing of the project independently by the Länder Responsibility by the Länder Ministries of Culture or Culture Institutions (Archives, Libraries, Museums etc.)

10 Everyone can contribute: Online Independently of the roadshows, everyone can contribute digitized material and information to the website. To do so: Step 1: Register

11 Step 2: Guarantee about copyright

12 Step 3: Agree on Europeana terms

13 Step 4: Contribute material (content + metadata)

14 Step-to-Step Guide to the online form Includes short film How to add something to the archive


16 A short film about this unlikely friendship of RAF man Bernard Darley and German prisoner of war Otto Arndt illustrates the projects intention vividly.

17 Europeana 1914-1918 Questions ? Thank you for your attention!!

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