Documenting a special time: Oxford community collection initiatives

We are living though an extraordinary time. Over a few short weeks, life has changed and with little notice we have adjusted by changing what we do, where we are, who we see. It is not surprising to see that … Continue reading

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Digital Bodleian calendar competition

How do you pick 12 images for a calendar when you have millions to choose from? The Bodleian Libraries are turning to the crowd to select the content for their 2021 calendar. Take part for the chance of winning your own copy … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing ideas for digital projects

  The University of Oxford has been using crowdsourcing to identify good ideas that can be realised as digital projects. The IT Innovation Challenges scheme has been running since 2014 and funded over 60 projects covering a range of areas … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – project ending

Lest We Forget is a University of Oxford initiative working with schools and community groups who want to run their own community collection events, digitising and sharing WW1 memorabilia and stories. It was launched in 2017 after a successful crowdfunding campaign. … Continue reading

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Europeana Migration – new community collection

‘Migration’ is a topical issue with many dimensions in the present and the past. Throughout 2018, the European Year of Cultural Heritage, Europeana will be running a new community collection initiative around the theme of ‘migration’. The Europeana Migration collection will … Continue reading

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Running a WW1 School Digital Collection Day

‘Lest We Forget‘ is a community collection project made possible through a successful crowdfunding campaign run in the summer of 2017. The project was launched in October 2017 and has since then been working with schools and community groups that wish … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget

‘Lest We Forget’ (LWF) is a nationwide initiative, led by the University of Oxford, which aims to recognise and record those stories, objects and memories from World War One which survive – not in museum collections or history books – but in the hearts and homes of … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding – part 3

The ‘Lest We Forget’ crowdfunding campaign ran from June 5th and received a large number of contributions, from £1 and more, nearly £20,000 in all. The campaign also drew a lot of attention to the project, and offered new opportunities. That … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding – part 2

So our crowdfunding campaign has started and we can see the pledges trickling in. The idea is to generate funds to allow us to support community groups who want to digitise, preserve and share their WW1 heritage. Considerable effort has gone in to … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget

This summer, Oxford University are launching ‘Lest We Forget’, a new community-based initiative to preserve materials held by the public dating from the First World War. Building on from the success of our ‘Great War Archive’ in 2008, a mass-digitisation … Continue reading

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