[OpenGLAM] Searching through historic newspapers from 23 European countries

Lieke Ploeger lieke.ploeger at okfn.org
Wed Dec 3 13:18:04 UTC 2014

Dear all,

The Europeana Newspapers project just published a press release on their
historic newspaper browser that enables you to search through millions of
digitized newspaper pages from 23 European countries.
The full announcement is included below.

Best, Lieke Ploeger.

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From: Marieke Willems <Marieke.Willems at kb.nl>
Date: 3 December 2014 at 10:42
Subject: [DIGLIB] CORRECTION: Searching through historic newspapers from 23
European countries
To: "diglib at infoserv.inist.fr" <diglib at infoserv.inist.fr>

Searching through historic newspapers from 23 European countries.

As part of the Europeana Newspapers project
<http://www.europeana-newspapers.eu/>, The European Library
<http://www.theeuropeanlibrary.org/tel4/>developed a historic newspapers
browser <http://www.theeuropeanlibrary.org/tel4/newspapers> that enables
users to perform full-text searches in millions of historic newspaper

“For the first time in history we have the opportunity to do transnational
comparative research on the basis of big data!“ says Toine Pieters, digital
humanities researcher from the University of Utrecht.

The prototype interface has undergone usability testing in spring 2014. On
the basis of the recommendations received, The European Library simplified
the search page and made it possible to browse the content
<http://www.theeuropeanlibrary.org/tel4/newspapers?view=discover> by date,
newspaper title and geographic map. Before the end of the project a further
usability study will be carried out to test the improvements made. While
the amount of content in the browser continues to grow rapidly one can
already explore 1.8 million historic newspaper issues and perform full-text
searches across 7 million pages. By the end of January 2015, the browser
will contain around 30 million newspaper pages from 25 libraries in 23
European countries. Users will be able to search:

·        full text of more than 10 million historic newspaper pages

·        Named Entity Recognition in Dutch, German and French to enable
searches of names of people and geographic places

·        metadata records of over 20 million historic newspaper pages.

“Having access to newspapers from across Europe….allows us to look for
circulation, not only for origins: to study routes rather than roots, to
work on what we call transliteratures.” says Amélia Sanz, researcher and
professor of comparative literature and cyber culture
at Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Moreover one can explore the historic newspapers as well as millions of
other cultural heritage items at *Europeana.eu <http://europeana.eu/>*,
which recently embedded the historic newspaper viewer. The viewer is also
available through The European Library for other cultural heritage
institutions to embed in their digital environment.

"For researchers, such as historians, journalists, fact-checkers and
genealogists, Europeana Newspapers will be the most important portal to
consult historic newspapers in Europe. A source of great importance in
construction.“ says Eric Hennekam, archive specialist, member of the
Association of Professional Genealogists and visiting lecturer at the
faculty of journalism of the University of Groningen, VU University
Amsterdam and the Flemish Mediacademy.

Historic newspaper content from the following libraries is available and
constantly growing:

·        National Library of France

·        National Library of the Netherlands

·        Dr. Friedrich Teßmann Library

·        National Library of Estonia

·        National Library of Finland

·        National Library of Latvia

·        National Library of Poland

·        National Library of Turkey

·        Austrian National Library

·        Berlin State Library

·        State and University Library Hamburg

·        University Library of Belgrade

·        National Library of Wales

·        National Library of Bulgaria

·        National Library of Czech Republic

·        National and University Library in Zagreb

·        National Library of Belgium

·        National and University Library of Slovenia

·        National Library of Portugal

·        National Library of Romania

·        National and University Library Iceland

·        National Library of Spain

·        National Library of Luxembourg

·        National Library of Slovakia

·        National Library of Serbia


Project website:                       http://www.europeana-newspapers.eu/

TEL Historic Newspapers:

Europeana:                             http://europeana.eu/

Official press release and translations available here

Kind regards,

Marieke Willems

LIBER Communication Officer EU Projects

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

T:+31 70 314 07 30

E: marieke.willems at kb.nl

Lieke Ploeger

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