“The RunCoCo team delivered face-to-face training to 30+ librarians and museum curators etc. from across Europe (about 12 countries represented). Then the team travelled to support those international partners to run “Europeana 1914-1918” community collections in their libraries Feb-May – in Germany, Luxembourg, Ireland, UK, Slovenia and Denmark.
Two thousand people of all ages from across Europe have attended the roadshows to share family stories. Roadshow participants have been joined by online contributors and 45,000 photos of objects, scanned letters and diaries have been uploaded onto the website to date. Most of these are previously unpublished and have never been seen or studied outside the families.
This has brought Oxford’s name into more than 300 press articles and news broadcasts this year, and collected 48,000+ digital objects from the public to the project website to be made available as OER.
The open source software “CoCoCo” which the team has developed and distributed from 2006 onwards was re-purposed in 2012 by Europeana and continues to form the online collection mechanism for the contributions the public upload to the project website
The team continue to work on “Europeana 1914-1918” (in a large consortium of over 48 partners representing every country of the Union) called “E-Awareness” (Europeana Awareness). Our next campaigns are based locally (Banbury, Oxfordshire) and also Preston (Lancashire), and Belgium and Italy. Further campaigns are being planned for Switzerland, Israel, Austria, and France.”
Well done team.
Jill Cousins, Executive Director of Europeana said:
“The project’s success highlights the huge interest that Europeans have in their shared history. People pass their stories down their families, and in Europeana have found the means to preserve them for future generations, and make them universally accessible. Europeana brings a new approach to cultural history, linking people’s own stories to the official histories of the war that we’re collecting from the national libraries and archives.”