EuropeanaTravel, a new EU-funded project that will channel digital content from Europe’s national and university libraries into Europeana.eu, saw its launch on 1 May, aimed at adding a new dimension to planning trips for education, business, holidays or social networking.
For a two-year period, EuropeanaTravel will digitise over a million resources related to travel and tourism, trade and exploration routes, from maps, manuscripts to photos, films, books and postcards. Content will consist of 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.
Highlights include Winfield Burrows’ vivid diaries and marvellous sketches from his mapping of Kazakhstan and Emma Pollard’s harrowing account of her journeys down the Orinoco in 1855.
The German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said ‘Travelling is education’ and hitched the post coach to Italy, the land ‘where the lemon trees flower’. Today’s digital nomads can hitch the sophisticated search engine of Europeana and explore faraway places through the eyes of early travellers.
EuropeanaTravel is coordinated by the National Library of Estonia. Should you require further information please contact Mr Toomas Schvak by telephone at +372 630 7437 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. See the Press Release here.