Unlocking Sources Conference

Unlocking Sources – The First World War online & Europeana Conference, 30./31. January 2014

Unlocking Sources


Evening reception: 29th of January 2014, 18:30 – 20:30
Conference: 30th/31st of January 2014, 09:00 – 17:00
Collection Days: 30th/31st of January 2014, 10:00 – 18:00
Film Screening: 30th of January 2014, 19:00 – 20:30
Exhibition: 30th of January to 08th of February 2014, Mondays to Saturdays, 11:00 – 19:00

Venue: Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Berlin State Library, Berlin, Germany, Potsdamer Straße 33, D-10785 Berlin
Organisers: Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, the Department of History at the Humboldt University in Berlin, the German Film Institute – DIF e.V., Facts & Files and the Europeana Foundation.

Participation: free and open to all, places are limited, registration requested

Conference Programme and focus of the conference:

The full conference programme including speakers and abstracts is available now.

At the “Unlocking Sources – The First World War online & Europeana” conference representatives from research and teaching, mediation of history and education will discuss the possibilities and limits of digital access to material about the First World War and review – from different perspectives – the contributions which have been made in the past years. The conference will focus on the use of digital sources: How do digitized holdings fit into research and teaching and the transfer of knowledge in the classroom? What can different online activities contribute to the „Digital Humanities“? Which ideas can be developed regarding the mediation of history in museums and which media can be developed for this purpose? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the existing and the newly created online offerings? There will be a critical discussion and reflection at the panels and innovative projects approaching the theme „First World War“ via digital media, will introduce themselves to a broad public. (Detailed conference programme)

The proposed sections and panels will focus on the following topics:

  • Memory Cultures and the First World War (Panel I)
  • Digital sources in historical research (Panel II)
  • Digital sources – Special collections (Panel III)
  • Fostering the use of digital sources – didactic and technical approaches (Panel IV)

In parallel to the conference, two Collection days will be hosted at the Staatssbibliothek zu Berlin, a films from First World War time will be screened, and an exhibition will be shown.

Scientists, teachers, representatives of archives, libraries and museums will  reflect on questions of mediating history online and present their research projects, course offerings / materials or digital sources in 20-minute talks (English, German).


Thorsten Siegmann
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz
E-Mail: conference@ec1418.eu
Phone +49 (0)30 266 431451




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