Transcribathon Warsaw and Celebrating our 1st Birthday in Milan!


From Friday 1st to Saturday 2nd December 2017, our first Polish Transcribathon went underway in Warsaw with the help of our friends at TuEuropeana. The Transcribathon Warszawa 2017 was both a workshop and competitive event which saw four teams of Polish students and members of the public battle head-to-head for the transcription and enrichment of specially-selected Polish documents from WW1.

During this very short time period, almost 200 documents were worked on, with about 90 000 characters transcribed in total! What a fantastic achievement!

We were thrilled to be a part of this wonderful event and humbled from the engagement of so many Polish transcribers!

Have a look at the full results and further details of the Transcribathon Warsawa 2017 here »



In Milan, we made short appearances at two events: the Europeana Network Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2017 and the European Culture Forum

The Europeana Network Association AGM, on 6th December 2017, was a personal hallmark for us, having launched the Transcribathon Europeana 1914-1918 project one whole year ago at the last AGM in Latvia. It's been a whirlwind year of Transcribathons and crowdsourcing activities, and we would like to take this chance to thank everyone who has been a part of our journey so far - without your hard work and dedication, we would not have made it so far in the race!

During the course of the AGM, project manager, Frank Drauschke (Facts & Files Berlin) also took to the stage in front of network members and pitched the Transcribathon project for the event's Impact Challenge. Out of the group of ten fierce competitors, our pitch ultimately won the challenge, receiving a year's support from Europeana to carry out an Impact Assessment on the project. Thank you for this amazing opportunity!

After the AGM, we also joined the proceedings of the European Culture Forum on 7th - 8th December, and celebrated alongside many other Europeans the kickstarting of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.  Clara Röpke, highschool student from Berlin-Weißensee, and winning participant of the Transcribathon Berlin Campus in June 2017, spoke in front of the huge crowd at the Forum and shared her experiences of the Transcribathon project. We are very proud of your achievements, Clara! 

Watch her impressive speech on the website of the Europe Culture Forum 2017. Her part starts at 2:14:15 of the recorded webstream.

Watch also Clara's interview in Berlin from June earlier this year »