A new digitization project from Europeana.
Europeana Collections 1914-1918 will create by 2014 – the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War – a substantial digital collection of material from national libraries and other partners from eight countries that found themselves on different sides of the historic conflict.
The First World War was a conflict on an unprecedented scale that affected the every-day lives of virtually all Europeans and many people living in other parts of the world. The memory of the war, its events and consequences, its victims and victors, remains very much alive today. It has become part of the individual and collective memory of Europe.
The three-year project will make over 400,000 WWI sources publicly and freely available online for the first time – content that is often rare and highly fragile because of the deteriorating quality of the paper it was produced on and generally only accessible in reading rooms.
The digital collection will span the full range of national library collections including books, newspapers, trench journals, maps, music sheets, children’s literature, photographs, posters, pamphlets, propaganda leaflets, original art, religious works, medals and coins.
The total cost of the project is €5,399,892 and is funded at 50 per cent by the Information and Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme by the European Community.
The Europeana 1914-1918 project is managed and coordinated by the following institutions: Europeana, Europe’s digital archive, library and museum, Oxford University and the German National Library.
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