Europeana 1914-1918

Europeana 1914-1918 tells untold stories and official histories of the First World War.

The digital archive collects, digitises, and exhibits records of the war from all over Europe, obtaining resources from national collections, film archives and unpublished records from the public. By bringing these sources together, Europeana 1914-1918 holds not only a vast collection, but also a unique perspective of the historic conflict, showing every side of the battle lines and with insights from each point of view.

To date, more than 16,000 stories of WW1 have been generously contributed to Europeana 1914-1918 from the public. Scanned at over 180 Collection Days across 22 European countries and by uploads to the online portal, the archive exhibits over 200,000 personal items from these stories.

It is these items that we need your help transcribing.


Transcribathon Europeana 1914-1918

We want to take Europeana 1914-1918 one step further. Transcribathon Europeana 1914-1918 aims to produce transcriptions of these unpublished documents and send the text back to the digital archive, to make their contents more accessible.

But with so much material out there, we are counting on the public to lend a helping hand.

As a volunteer transcriber, your contribution will assist in preserving these important documents, making them readable and searchable for years to come. Your work will also help enrich our knowledge of the First World War, invaluable for future research and education.  With each word transcribed, you help us uncover more and more secrets of the war hidden in the forgotten pages of hand-written text.

Transcribathon Europeana 1914-1918 offers you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in these original, one-of-a-kind documents, and at the same time become yourself a valuable part of this important digitisation process.

The development of the first prototype transcription tool in 2014 was funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM). Based on this experience and knowledge the Transcribathon website was developed in 2016 by Facts & Files and Olaf Baldini/Piktoresk, and funded by the European Commission.

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Featured Runs, Competitions and Events

In order to showcase the rich and fascinating content of the Europeana 1914-1918 collection, a variety of Thematic Runs regularly take place on Transcribathon. The first of these Runs, the Love Letter Run, was launched for the occasion of Valentine’s Day 2017 and includes documents containing personal love stories from WW1. Themed runs are permanent and regularly updated, with new documents being added on a constant basis to keep you busy!

Aside from these thematic runs, you can also take part in special Online Competitive Runs, like the Christmas Run 2016 or the Centenary Run 2018. These challenges only take place for a limited period of time and those who have transcribed the most miles during the competition timeframe are awarded virtual Champion Cups and real prizes!

Special Transcribathon Events are also regularly held in cities across Europe. Like competitions, they are time-limited and winners receive prizes. Participants attending the events transcribe in teams and present their results to a jury. The first of these events was held to launch the website at the Transcribation in Riga and the Centenary Tour Finale Transcribathon in Brussels brought together past competition winners from all over Europe. Keep your eyes peeled for announcements of new events in your city!

Volunteers at all levels and capabilities are encouraged to join the transcription fun!
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