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The National Archives of Estonia was participating from 2014 to 2018 in the project of Community as Opportunity – Creative archives’ and users’ network (CO:OP for short), co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The project had 17 institutions from 11 European countries. The National Archives of Estonia had its aim to create 5 web-based topotheques for to consolidate historical photos and other documents from private individuals digitally as well as to organise “Bring your history!”-days for local communities. By the end of the project in November 2018, there are 6 topotheques with thousands of unique photos available in public use (Adavere, Are, Laeva, Oru, Toila, Uhtna).

One of the project’s main fields concerned also archival education. National Archives participated in Adventures in Archives  work-package to encourage students and youngsters to explore archives by visualizing studies in the archives. Learning by filming gave teachers the chance to link diverse subject matters. Also, students experienced a comprehensive understanding of how archives function as mediators of heritage as well as a different style of learning history through storytelling and moviemaking. Find the movies in YouTube at Adventures in archives, and read more about the filmings in Estonia from the article published in magazine Insights, 1/2018.

Also, the project met the needs of a tighter co-operation by organising conferences that invite researchers and users to meet and exchange at eye level as well as create a new tool for communication – the European Archival Blog. Finally, there were several activities concerning development of databases and testing crowdsourcings in the frames of the project CO:OP. For instance, National Archives’ database of land registry was constantly complemented, crowdsourcing on Tartu citizens in 1867 was tested, and crowdsourcing on communal courts from the 1820s to 1891 was technically  supported and designed.

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