August 26, 2014

Links, Web Gems & Other Digital Delights: Europeana & Europeana 1914-1918

Europeana is an Internet portal that acts as an interface to millions of books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records that have been digitised throughout Europe. Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, the works of Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton and the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Spanish Civil War photographs, Ottoman manuscripts are just some of the highlights on Europeana. Explore millions of items from a range of Europe's leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums. Books and manuscripts, photos and paintings, television and film, sculpture and crafts, diaries and maps, sheet music and recordings, they’re all here. No need to travel the continent, either physically or virtually! Europeana is the trusted source of cultural heritage brought to you by the Europeana Foundation and a large number of European cultural institutions, projects and partners.

Found something you like? Download it, print it, use it, save it, share it, play with it, love it! Ideas and inspiration can be found within the millions of items on Europeana.

These objects include:
Images - paintings, drawings, maps, photos and pictures of museum objects
Texts - books, newspapers, letters, diaries and archival papers
Sounds - music and spoken word from cylinders, tapes, discs and radio broadcasts
Videos - films, newsreels and TV broadcasts
Some items and topics are world famous, like Isaac Newton's book about the Laws of Motion, the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, Johannes Vermeer's painting of the Girl With A Pearl Earring or objects about the Berlin Wall. Others are hidden treasures, waiting for you to discover them.

Renowned names such as the British Library in London, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Louvre in Paris are featured alongside smaller organisations across Europe. Together, their assembled collections allow you to explore Europe's history from ancient times to the modern day.

>>>Now on-line is Europeana 1914-1918 the most important pan-European collection of original First World War source material. It is the result of three years of work by 20 European countries and will include:
  • 400,000 rare documents digitised by 10 state libraries and two other partners in Europe
  • 660 hours of unique film material digitised by audiovisual archives
  • 90,000 personal papers and memorabilia of some 7,000 people involved in the war, held by their families and digitized at special events in 12 countries.

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