Evaluate a DH project/database/edition/archive of your choosing

In my third blog I am going to introduce a new digital project about the First World War (WW1)


WW1 digital project is coordinated by Europeana, an internet portal that acts as an interface to millions of books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records that have been digitised throughout Europe. [1]

A unique collection of documents connected with the First World War „Europeana 1914-1918“ is available all around the world. On the 29th of January, 2014, this project was officially on. The Berlin State Library supported the project. The staff from 8 European libraries and archives digitalized more than a half of a million of sources from that time.

“Europeana 1914-1918” gathers personal documents, diaries, letters, cartoons, maps, photos and film documents related to WW1. It contains 400,000 rare documents, digitized by 10 state libraries, 660 hours of unique film, 90,000 personal papers and memorabilia over 7,000 people.

The most fascinating function is that everybody can upload their own material and share the memories with other people. There is also a browse option (letters, diaries, photographs, films, official documents and postcards). You can narrow it down by adding the keywords or choosing the source. It is also possible to search from New Zealand, American, Australian and Canadian sources. There should be also no problems with choosing the language – English, German, Italian, Danish and so on.

One of the weaknesses of the project is a limited simple search box. For example, I searched for “people” in all Europeana results in letters, I got 136 results and it wasn’t possible to keyword search any further.


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