South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau

From 1916 until 1919, the South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau (SARCIB) undertook research into 8,033 enquiries from family and friends of missing Australian Imperial Force personnel who fought in WW1.

The State Library of South Australia (SLSA) is developing a web resource that will enable researchers, family historians and institutions worldwide to interrogate, contribute to and harvest the content of these enquiries. It is anticipated that this resource will be available early in 2015.

A new resource will provide new and engaging opportunity for contribution and will lead the way for future delivery of our collections to the world.

It will comprise of three elements:

  • Element 1: The original 'packets' of information relating to the requests made through the Bureau
  • Element 2: Utilising data from 3rd party sources such as the National Archives, Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Trove which contains full text newspapers from the time
  • Element 3: A forum for members of the community to contribute additional information including photos, personal reminiscences of loved ones, and the opportunity for transcribing documents or adding tags

Linked Open Data principles will be applied.

website | crowd-sourcing | Transcribe | Descendants | enquiry | Western Front | Red Cross Branches | Dardanelles | Australian Red Cross | Red Cross | bureau | WWI Personal Diaries | tracing | wounded | South Australia | Home Front

Project milestones

Project planning
February - August 2012

Scanning
December 2012 - September 2013

Data Entry
December 2013 - August 2014

Build
Web resource, delivery of packets and third party resources (Elements 1 and 2): May - September 2014

Final Data Load
October - November 2014

Test
November - January 2014

Release
February - April 2014

Build Element 3
February - October 2015

Release
January 2016

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