The Education Enhancement Team has a strong history in developing digital colletions through traditional digitisation processes and community crowdsouring models for First World War Studies. As we approach the 1914-1918 Centenary Oxford is a world-leader in making available digital (open) resources for the study and research of this historic event. Below is an article I recently wrote for the Army Museum Ogilby Trust outlining our collections. To find out more about what is happening in Oxford over the Centenary visit: http://ww1centenary.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/
For the past 20 years the University of Oxford has made freely available online archives and resources for those studying and researching the First World War. At a minimum the collections are licensed to allow free download and use in non-profit activities. As we approach the centenary, these provide rich and varied materials for use in displays, learning resources, and publications.
Europeana 1914-1918 is an initiative that is building a unique European collection of family histories and primary source documents to tell the story of a generation who experienced the First World War in the theatres of war and at home. The archive contains items digitized from personal collections throughout Europe though a number of online and face-to-face public engagement activities, including online contribution, family history roadshows, outreach to schools and reminiscence work. To date the initiative has surfaced over 5000 stories and 60,000 documents previously hidden from researchers and the wider public. Visitors to the site can search for items relating to particular themes, regiments, places and military engagements. Its multinational approach means its is possible to discover items that tell the story of experience across nationalities. Throughout 2014 individuals and organisations are invited to contribute their digital items and stories to the archive through its website. Support is available to those wishing to explore supporting activities via Oxford’s community collection service: http://runcoco.oucs.ox.ac.uk/.
Items in the Europeana 1914-1918 collection can be downloaded and used for commercial purposes (under the terms of the collection license).
The First World War Poetry Digital Archive
The First World War Poetry Digital Archive is an online repository of over 7000 items of text, images, audio, and video for teaching, learning, and research. The heart of the archive consists of collections of highly valued primary material from major poets of the period, including Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Siegfried Sassooon, Robert Graves, and Edward Thomas. Material includes poetry manuscripts, war diaries, service records, and correspondence. Items related to the poets is supplemented by a comprehensive range of multimedia artefacts from the Imperial War Museum, a separate archive of over 6,500 items contributed by the general public, with specific community collections from six UK regions. There is also a set of specially developed educational resources.
World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings
This educational website provides a substantial collection of learning resources available for global
reuse. A rich variety of materials, including expert articles, audio and video lectures, downloadable
images, interactive maps and e-books are available under a set of cross-disciplinary themes that
seek to reappraise the War in its cultural, social, geographical and historical contexts. Many of
these resources have been specially created by the University of Oxford and partner academics for
this website. The website also highlights other collections across the world that offer materials for
download and re-use.
First World War Podcasts
Oxford Podcasts and Oxford on iTunesU holds a number of audio and video lectures and talks from prominant experts in the field. These include episodes on First World War literature and poetry, byte-size new perspectives, and centenary public lectures series.