Digitisation Partners

The initiative for large-scale digitization of World Word I newspapers from seventeen heritage libraries, archives and museums was taken by these organisations:

Flemish Institute for Archiving (VIAA)

News of the Great War
Digitisation and Digital Access & Preservation

The Flemish Archiving Institute digitises and archives Flemish audiovisual material that is kept on endangered analogue media such as audiocassettes, VHS video and film. VIAA is also archiving existing digital collections. For this venture it cooperates with more than 120 organisations: heritage institutions, archives, broadcasters, arts organisations and government archive departments. VIAA wants to make this audiovisual material accessible to everyone, as broadly as possible. For the educational world, this is currently done through The Archive for Education and for the general public through The Archive, where the collection of News from the Great War is to be found.


State Archives / CegeSoma

The Belgian War Press
Digitisation, Digital Access & Preservation
, Paper Access & Preservation

CegeSoma, the Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society, is Belgium’s knowledge centre for the history of 20th-century conflicts. It carries out research, engages in public activities and stores documentation. It is a platform for scholarly and social activities at home and abroad, especially in relation to the two world wars. It forms the fourth Operational Directorate of the State Archives, a federal scholarly institution. The State Archives acquire, preserve and make accessible government archives and the archives of private organisations and individuals that have played an important role in the life of society.


Royal Library of Belgium

The Belgian War Press, BelgicaPress
Digitisation, Digital Access & Preservation
, Paper Access & Preservation

With over 7 million documents, the Royal Library of Belgium is the central literary and scholarly memory of our country. It collects every publication by Belgian authors and keeps numerous historical and precious books, manuscripts, newspapers, prints, scores, coins and many other items. As the national academic library it is its task to collect, administer and make this heritage accessible to the general public.


Flanders Heritage Libraries

Abraham. Belgian Newspaper Catalogue, News of the Great War
Supporting Organisation, Centre of Expertise

Flanders Heritage Libraries is a network for heritage libraries in Flanders (Belgium). Through projects and research, it aims to develop competence and spread knowledge about preserving heritage library collections and making them accessible. Additionally, the organisation wishes to raise public awareness about the riches of heritage library collections in Flanders and Brussels.


Packed. Centre of Expertise in Digital Heritage

News of the Great War
Supporting Organisation, Centre of Expertise

Packed is the centre of expertise for digital cultural heritage in Flanders and Brussels. It plays a central role in bringing together and distributing knowledge and expertise in the areas of digitisation and digital archiving. Packed contributes to the improvement and monitoring of the quality and effectiveness of the action taken in the areas of digitisation and digital archiving in the broad field of cultural heritage. Packed offers its services not only in the context of Flanders and Brussels, but of course also in Belgium, Europe and internationally.


FARO. Flemish Interface Centre for Cultural Heritage

News of the Great War
Supporting Organisation, Centre of Expertise

FARO is the support centre for the field of movable and immaterial cultural heritage in Flanders and Brussels. It supports the cultural heritage organisations and communities in Flanders and Brussels. FARO advises and assists collection managers regarding the care of their collections; expands the expertise of professional and volunteer heritage workers; gives advice and guidance; stimulates consultation and cooperation, across borders; develops new heritage practices; research, inform and publish; mediates between authorities and those in the field; makes the cultural heritage known to a broad public; and contributes to a diverse, inclusive and sustainable society.