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Challenges and solutions in creating a european historic newspapers browser

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Alastair Dunning of The European Library presents the challenges and solutions in creating a web browser for Europe's historic newspapers.

Alastair Dunning of The European Library presents the challenges and solutions in creating a web browser for Europe's historic newspapers.

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  • 1. Alastair Dunning Europeana Newspapers September 2013 Challenges and Solutions in Creating a European Historic Newspapers Browser
  • 2. Task $ “... Creation of a full-text index of newspaper content Development of a newspaper content browser Work Package 4 - Aggregation and presentation of digitized newspapers
  • 3. The European Library is building an interface to allow cross-searching of historic newspapers digitised by project partners Title-level metadata exported to Europeana. In reality ...
  • 4. Timetable Sep 2013 - Beta version with limited content and functionality made available 2014 - Ongoing inclusion of more content and functionality Spring 2014 - Usability testing I (subject to project funding) Winter 2014 - Usability testing II (subject to project funding) Jan 2015 - All scheduled content and functionality completed
  • 5. What content will be included ? Full Images, Full Text, Metadata Latvia, Belgrade, Hamburg, Berlin, Estonia, Finland, Netherlands *, Austria * Snippets of Images, Full Text, Metadata Frederich Tessman, France *, Poland
  • 6. Complete Newspaper image can be shown Eesti Potimees ehk Naddaleleht , 2 November 1866 (National Library of Estonia)
  • 7. What content will be included ? Full Images, Full Text, Metadata Latvia, Belgrade, Hamburg, Berlin, Estonia, Finland, Netherlands *, Austria * Snippets of Images, Full Text, Metadata Frederich Tessman, France *, Poland
  • 8. Fragment of Newspaper image can be shown Dziennik Slaskui, 10 June 1915 (National Library of Poland)
  • 9. Just Metadata Turkey (Partners with copyright issues) All Associate Partners (for now) The available content in influenced by what restrictions in copyright and business model from each of the contributing libraries. What content will be included ?
  • 10. Just title level metadata can be shown: “Kleine Blatt, 15 November 1932” (National Library of Austria) (Although can we have dark index of full text ?)
  • 11. Creating a newspapers interface that ... • Provides unique value to users • Reflects relationship to original physical newspaper collections • Is sustainable • Offers contributors added value • Defines relationship to Europeana • Respects library wishes
  • 12. Users can cross-search European Newspapers 18m pages, 10m with full text Users can see what was published on a particular day across Europe Users can see information on individual newspapers Provides unique value to users
  • 13. Local historians Researchers Undergraduates Genealogists Teachers and / school pupils ‘Interested public’ …. (According to the project Description of Work it is for the ‘researcher’) But who are the users ?
  • 14. Respects library wishes The available content in influenced by what restrictions in copyright and business model from each of the contributing libraries. ●Location of digital image ●Size of image ●Format of image
  • 15. Reflects relationship to original physical newspaper collections Not all issues in a newspaper title will be available to TEL, or even digitised Documents hosted by TEL will be different quality than those Contextual information vital
  • 16. Embedded in The European Library (TEL) portal TEL membership fees will help with ongoing costs TEL members can add content to newspaper browser over time Is sustainable
  • 17. Logos and links back to source of original content But also evidence of usage of library content via TEL / what statistics are needed ? Offers contributors added value
  • 18. Interface will respond to usability testing Harvesting of different material will affect interface Changing requests from libraries Uneven quality, especially in Is developed iteratively
  • 19. First Iteration Basic text search Filtering of results by ●date ●country ●newspaper ●language ●library
  • 20. ● OCR shown ● Zoomable version of full image ● Clickable links between full text and image (sometimes) ● Link to newspaper source library (where we have been provided with links) First Iteration
  • 21. Second Iteration ● Fragments (where requested by library) ● See information on particular title ● See what was published on a particular day ● Search over titles (not just text) ● Other browseable visualisations of publication and library source ● Search / browse via entities
  • 22. Newspapers from national libraries of Finland and Austria are available for searching (Sample search terms: Linz, Graz, Salzburg, Turku, Oulu, Tampere) Testing the Site