The Europeana Collections 1914-1918 project collaborates with these projects and institutions:

European Film Gateway 1914

EFG1914 is the follow-up project of EFG – The European Film Gateway (2008-2011). The main outcome of the EFG project is the online portal The European Filmgateway, which gives access to several hundreds of thousands photos, films, texts and other material preserved in European film archives.
EFG1914 started on 15 February 2012 and runs for two years. 25 partners, among them 20 European film archives, are working towards the following  main goals to digitise 647 hours of film and ca. 5.600 film-related documents on the theme of the First World War; to give access to the material through the European Film Gateway and Europeana and to build a virtual exhibition using selected objects digitised in EFG1914.

Europeana 1914-1918


Europeana 1914-1918 is based on an initiative at the University of Oxford where people across Britain were asked to bring family letters, photographs and keepsakes from the War to be digitised. The success of the idea – which became the Great War Archive – has encouraged Europeana, Europe’s digital archive, library and museum, to bring other national or local institutions across Europe into an alliance with Oxford University. The collaboration brings European stories online alongside their British, German, Slovenian, Luxembourgian, Irish, etc. counterparts in a World War One stories collection.


1914-1918 online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War

The international joint research project “1914-1918 online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War” is developing an open access, English-language virtual encyclopedia about the First World War. The aim of the project is to provide a globally oriented historical overview of WWI, based on a collaborative research network. Around 40 renowned experts from 14 countries are participating in this international project which is coordinated by Friedrich-Meinecke-Institute and the Center for Digital Systems CeDiS, Freie Universität Berlin. The project started in 2011 and will run for 3 years. It is  funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) under the programme “Scientific Library and Information Systems”.

Cendari – World War One

The primary goal of CENDARI (Collaborative European Digital Archive Infrastructure) is to create a widely applicable research infrastructure for medieval and modern history. One pilot area of research is World War One. CENDARI will provide and facilitate access to unique archival resources, from personal diaries to propaganda leaflets dropped over Germany in 1917,  as well as a huge flexibility in the organisation and visualization of these materials, prompting new research methods and answers to previously unimaginable questions. CENDARI is an EU funded project led by the Trinity College Dublin,  in partnership with 14 European institutions.  It started in January 2011 and will last for 4 years.

Linked Heritage

Started in April 2011 for a period of 30 months, this European project aims to contribute large quantities of new content to Europeana, from both the public and private sectors; to demonstrate enhancement of quality of content, in terms of metadata richness, re-use potential and uniqueness; to demonstrate enable improved search, retrieval and use of Europeana content.

The consortium includes representatives of all the key stakeholder groups from 20 EU countries, together with Israel and Russia. These include ministries and responsible government agencies, content providers and aggregators, leading research centres, publishers and SMEs.

Through this collaboration, Linked Heritage will help some museal institutions – like the Rybinsk Museum Preserve in Russia to provide some digital collections concerning the Great War to the project Europeana Collections 1914-1918.

Europeana Newspapers

A group of 18 European partner institutions have joined forces in the Europeana Newspapers Project and will provide more than 18 million newspaper pages to the online service EUROPEANA by 2015. The project data set consists of a wide range of European newspapers from the 17th to the 20th century in twenty different languages and combinations and there will be a special focus on newspapers published during the First World War, thus providing a meaningful addition to the Europeana Collections 1914-1918 project. Metadata will be harvested and furthermore indexed thereby users will be enabled to easily research important local, national, or European events in a broad European context; something that has so far not been possible. The project started on 1st February 2012 and is co-ordinated by the Berlin State Library (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preussischer Kulturbesitz).

Further Network Partners and their contributions

Country Partnering institution Content contributed
Russia Rybinsk collection 302 Items
Russia Russian State Library 250 Postcards
Germany University Library of Osnabrück 3000 Photos
Germany University Library of Osnabrück Drawings
Serbia Музеј “Срби на Крфу 1916 – 1918.” (Museum “Serbians on Corfu 1916-1918”) 4 Objects
Serbia Arhiv Srbije (Archive of Serbia) 46 Objects
Serbia Narodna skupština Republike Srbije (National Parliament of Republic of Serbia) 30 Objects
France Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris (via BNF) 900 Trenchjournals from BHVP
Belgium Archives et Musée de la littérature (Brussels) Photographs, bound volumes and manuscript material
Slovaquia National Library of Slovaquia Newspapers and periodicals
Italy Fondazione Turati (Florence) Collection of photographs