Oxford University, German National Library and Europeana Sign 1914-18 Archive Alliance

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THE HAGUE.- The German National Library, Oxford University and Europeana have signed an agreement to digitise family papers and memorabilia from the First World War to create an online archive about the people involved in the conflict. Oxford University began the initiative when it asked people across Britain 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 the German National Library into an alliance with Oxford University to roll out the scheme in Germany . The collaboration will bring German soldiers’ stories online alongside their British counterparts in a 1914-18 archive. There will be a series of roadshows in libraries around Germany that will invite people to bring documents and artefacts from family members