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Europeana Transcribe

Crowdsourcing initiative for the transcription of digital material from the First World War compiled online by Europeana 1914-1918

The idea behind the tool is to utilise the sources in a better way by deciphering and transcribing the texts and linking them to an image.

In this way, they can be effectively used for education, research and publications. Europeana Transcribe takes the stories of Europeana 1914-1918 one step further. It is a crowdsourcing initiative that allows you to add your own transcriptions, annotations and geo-tags to sources from Europeana 1914-1918. Through your contribution, you help enrich the stories on our archive, while having a unique opportunity to engage with original historical documents and old handwritten scripts. With each transcription you make, you also compete with other users. Your progress advances you further in the race to become a champion in the Transcribathon.
The website is free to use, and open to all members of the public. Join the race now at www.transcribathon.eu!

Over the past years, Europeana 1914-1918 has assembled almost 980,000 digital documents, ranging from postcards and objects to photos and sketchbooks. These items are only available as images and the metadata is relatively limited. The texts are predominantly handwritten and indexed by a summary description and keywords. The transcription tool Transcribe e1914-1918 was developed by Facts & Files  and Olaf Baldini as a prototype to transcribe content from the portal Europeana 1914-1918. The development of the transcription tool was funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM). In order to make better use of the documents available at Europeana1914-1918.eu a new transcription tool was developed. To test the tool Facts & Files  organised a workshop at the Highschool Primo Levy Gymnasium in  Berlin-Weißensee. It was launched on November 7, 2016 at the Europeana Network Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Riga. A Transcribathon competition started there as well. For details please see here. To explore the transcription tool please go to http://www.transcribathon.eu.
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