EuropeanaTravel now live!
EuropeanaTravel is a new EU-funded project that will channel digital content from Europe's national and university libraries into the European discovery portal Europeana.eu. Starting on May 1st 2009 and running for 2 years, EuropeanaTravel will digitise over a million resources including maps, manuscripts, photos, films, books and postcards on the themes of travel, tourism, trade routes and exploration.
EuropeanaTravel will digitise rich collections from many well known national and research libraries in Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Poland, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Sweden and the UK. The resulting resource will be of value to teachers, students, travellers and holidaymakers.
How is UCL contributing?
UCL's close involvement with this impressive collaboration includes leading several project phases: liaising with partner libraries across Europe in their digitisation planning, and spearheading the creation of an aggregation service to allow partners' digital content to be harvested into Europeana.
In addition, UCL is contributing content to EuropeanaTravel by digitising highlights from the special collections of the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies Library.
Over 300 volumes of printed accounts, dating from 1557 to 1860, focusing on travels in Central Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia.
- Many books embellished with plates, illustrations, engravings and maps
- The collection features books in English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latin, Polish and Russian
Over 200 historic maps of Central and Eastern Europe, dating from the 19th century back to the 1540s.
Sir Arthur Evans' travel legacy
EuropeanaTravel will enable public access to previously unpublished travel memories, bequeathed to SSEES by the famous British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans.
An album of Evans' photographs and sketches of the people and scenes from Transylvania, Wallachia, Bulgaria and Hungary dating from around 1884.
A photograph album of a tour by car of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina taken by Evans in 1932, retracing a similar journey made on foot in 1875.
Margaret Hasluck photographs
The collection also includes over 500 photographs taken during the 1920s and 1930s in the course of Margaret Hasluck's ethnographic research in the Balkans. Chiefly from present day Albania and Greece, they also include photographs from present day Turkey, Macedonia, Kosovo and Croatia. They show views of landscapes, towns and villages as well as portraits of local people and activities.
Europeana.eu is a portal that links to nearly 5 million digital resources from the museums, archives, libraries and audiovisual collections of Europe. It was launched in November 2008 by the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, and attracted millions of hits.
EuropeanaTravel (www.europeanatravel.eu) is one of a group of projects funded by the European Commission's eContentplus programme, that are digitising material from cultural heritage institutions to feed into Europeana. Other projects include the European Film Gateway (www.europeanfilmgateway.eu), capturing the rich European cinema heritage, and EuropeanaLocal (www.europeanalocal.eu), opening up resources held in local archives and museums.
The Conference of European National Libraries CENL www.cenl.org and LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) www.libereurope.eu support this project. CENL includes 48 national libraries from 46 European countries. LIBER includes almost 400 research libraries in more than 40 countries.
EuropeanaTravel is coordinated by the National Library of Estonia. The digitised content from EuropeanaTravel will begin to be added to Europeana.eu from May 2010.
Lesley Pitman, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies Library
Tel +44 (0)207 679 8703