University of Oxford: Digital resources & Community Collection


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Kate Lindsay
Manager for Engagement
Director WW1 Digital Projects
IT Services

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  • This is the First World War Poetry Digital Archive website. We’ve c. 7,000 digital images of primary source material (manuscripts, letters, photos, service records) relating to the poetsA virtual Museum to house the digitised manuscripts of dispersed collections of WW1 poetry and related contextual material from some of the major writers of the war. Primary source material dispersed amongst libraries and archives in the UK, USA and Canada. Digitisation performed by holding institutions according to project benchmarks.No physical manifestation of this archive to compliment the online collectionBuilt up over a series of digitisation projects since 1996. Most recently funding received for Apr 07 - Mar 09 and Oct 08 - Sept 09 to expand and enhance the archive (JISC Digitisation Programme).You can see the search box where you can start exploring. And links to the Education Materials and to browse the collections of poetry.
  • Alongside our work on the poetry archive we ran The Great War Archive from March to June 2008.This was a ‘Community Collection’ to harvest digital versions of items originating from the First World War held by the general publicIt was quite innovative – involving the public in all aspects of digitisation and cataloguingIdea of a community collection- Bridge the gap between non-institutional pro-amateurs and institutional collections and their online presence.Creation of digital resources by armateursDigitisation of family history and genealogy is very popular – harnessing this power of amateur digitisation- Democratising in nature – accept everything, not selective
  • Also tells of the impact on families and communities at home, during the War and in it’s wake.
  • The Oxford Community Collection Model brings together online collection and face-to-face engagement, and has been successfully used to create digital, user-generated collections since 2008.
  • Ministry of Culture & Ministry of Defence12 roadshows in Germany and 10 more coming46 Roadshows across France in NovemberYou need some money from a funding body if you need to run a campaign on a national scaleBut don’t need a lot of money to do it on a local scale, or even regional
  • Europeana 1914-1918’s collection includes everything from letters to medals, trench art and uniforms, and even a postcard from the young Adolf Hitler about his dental treatment in 1916. Fascinating as this is, but what use or meaning does such an eclectic 'collection' actually have? The first time (?) that a collection has been formed through pieces that the public have chosen to preserve, and wish to preserve for the futureGenuine raw material
  • Outcomes for people: A chance to unveil grandad’s past
  • The collection holds the raw material of school projects, essays, enlightened browsing, and informative relaxation.The pictures are often bold and interesting. Teachers can take and use them at all educational levels and carefully selected have something to say to both adults and children. You can find examples that relate not just to your country, sometimes even your home town. You can tap into experience across nations
  • Outcomes for Education
  • Outcomes for Education
  • University of Oxford: Digital resources & Community Collection

    1. 1. University of Oxford: Digital resources & Community Collection Kate Lindsay Manager for Engagement Director WW1 Digital Projects IT Services
    2. 2. Images: British Library via the First World War Poetry Digital Archive It all started with poetry…
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    4. 4. MSS Drafts, Published Texts, Correspondence, Photographs, Service Records, Diaries… Licence: Educational use, non-commercial gain
    5. 5. They contributed to a community collection
    6. 6. 6500
    7. 7. 20,000
    8. 8. Cyprus
    9. 9. 60,000items 48 roadshows & online 4000 stories 1,254 media reports in 46 countries
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    11. 11. cemeteries-of-world-war-one/
    12. 12. Recap • Freely available digital resources licensed for you to reuse and adapt. • Europeana 1914-1918 will run until 2014 • Children of the Great War + more localised collections • WW1C open to contributions • UK AHRC Co-ordinating Centres for WW1 Centenary
    13. 13. University of Oxford: Digital Projects and Community Collection Kate Lindsay Manager for Engagement Director WW1 Digital Projects IT Services