getting about a bit

A report from our OER expeditionary forces on this year’s internationalisation initatives:

“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.”

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