Europeana Collections 1914-1918 will create by 2014 - the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War - a substantial digital collection of material from national library collections of ten libraries and other partners in eight countries that found themselves on different sides of the historic conflict. It is co-funded in the framework of the European Commission's Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme.
The First World War was a conflict on an unprecedented scale that affected the every-day lives of virtually all Europeans and many people living in other parts of the world. The memory of the war, its events and consequences, its victims and victors, remains very much alive today. It has become part of the individual and collective memory of Europe.
The three-year project will make over 400,000 WWI sources publicly and freely available online for the first time - content that is often rare and highly fragile because of the deteriorating quality of the paper it was produced on and generally only accessible in reading rooms