The Great War Archive contains over 6,500 items contributed (crowdsourced) by the general public between March and June 2008. Every item originates from, or relates to, someone's experience of the First World War, either abroad or at home. Contributions were received via a special website and also through a series of open days at libraries and museums throughout the country.
EFG1914 is a digitisation project focusing on films and non-film material from and related to World War I. It started on 15 February 2012 and runs for two years. 26 partners, among them 21 European film archives, are working towards the following main goals:
To digitise 661 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
To build a virtual exhibition using selected objects digitised in EFG1914
EFG1914 covers all the different genres and sub-genres relevant in that time: newsreels, documentaries, fiction films, propaganda films. Moreover, EFG1914 will also give access to anti-war films that were mainly produced after 1918 and which reflect the tragedies of the 1910s. This material is of special importance since only around 20% of the complete silent film production survived in the film heritage institutions. Therefore, EFG1914 set out to digitize a crucial part and a critical mass of these remaining moving image records, mostly undiscovered by the public.