Europeana Transcribe

Europeana Transcribe Project

The online portal Europeana Transcribe on is a crowdsourcing and citizen science project to transcribe, enrich, annotate historical documents from the Europeana-Portal.


The idea behind is to enrich digitised heritage material, and improve the material, allowing the contents to be read, searched and used. By enriching and improving the transcribers are competing with each other. was developed from 2018 to 2020 in the EnrichEuropeana project. Further improvement was made by the project EnrichEuropeanaPlus, which started in 2021, and combined human expertise with artificial intelligence to make historical documents from the 19th century accessible.
In 2021, the EnrichEuropeanaPlus project
began to update the Transcribathon platform with advanced handwriting recognition technology Transkribus, developed by READ-COOP. At the end of 2022, the new platform was launched. The project was a Europeana Generic Services Project and was co-funded by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union.


Each month since 1 July 2021, we are highlighting several stories in various languages, selected around a certain theme, ranging from war diaries, family correspondence to love letters and theater play manuscripts on Europeana Transcribe. By transcribing the story of choice, the users are automatically taking part in the Stories of the Month Run.


May 23, 2023: Honorary Mention European Union Prize for Citizen Science

23 May 2023 Europeana Transcribe received an honorary mention at the first Europea Union Prize for Citizen Science!

Jury Statement: „Europeana gives access to millions of cultural heritage items from institutions across Europe such as libraries, archives, museums or galleries. All of them share their media such as images, music or texts with a network of aggregating citizen scientists who enrich it with additional information. This hard work is designed as a creative, fresh as well as thought-provoking process, that in an unorthodox way empowers us to critically engage with our cultural heritage.“


Prototype 2016

The transcription tool Transcribe e1914-1918 was developed by Facts & Files and Olaf Baldini  as a prototype for Europeana 1914-1918. The developement was funded by the Bundesbeauftragte für Kultur und Medien (BKM). For the documents on the tool was updated, and presented at the Europeana Network Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Riga on November 7, 2016. See for further information on the Transcribathon in Riga here.