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The Europeana Newspapers Presentation - Cyberspace 2012


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Held at the Cyberspace 2012 conference, Workshop on Open Access, December 1, 2012

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The Europeana Newspapers Presentation - Cyberspace 2012

  1. 1. The Europeana NewspapersProjectA Gateway to European Newspapers OnlineAleš Pekárek, Association of European ResearchLibraries (LIBER)Cyberspace 2012, Brno, Czech Republic, 1.12.2012
  2. 2. Content• Aims• Consortium• Structure• Areas of activity• Project communication & channels 2
  3. 3. Why newspapers? „Newspapers are the second hand of history“Arthur Schopenhauer „Newspapers are one of the most popular material types in our library, because they are so rich with information and thus appeal to such a wide range of people. Adding 2 million of our digitised newspaper pages to Europeana Newspapers provides users with a more elaborate experience and we are very happy to offer them this chance.“Lily Knibbeler,Head of the Marketing & Services of the National Library of the Netherlands• Relevant to all citizens• Highly relevant to European policies incl. Europeana 3
  4. 4. Aims & Objectives1) Selection, Refinement & Aggregation of content• Make Europeana the largest provider of pan-European newspaper collections• Provision of more than 18 million newspaper pages to Europeana, many of those with full-texts2) Analysis of existing newspaper collections• Survey of newspaper holdings in Europe3) Quality Assurance & Best practice recommendations• Contribute to optimised workflows and data aggregation infrastructures• Provide best practice recommendations for digitization, refinement, workflows, metadata etc. and evaluation tools4) Presentation and full-text search• Improve access to newspaper collections within Europeana 4
  5. 5. Consortium & Stakeholders• 17 partners from 12 countries within the consortium • National libraries • University libraries • SME• External partners and stakeholders: • Involvement of libraries outside the project consortium• Framework: • funded as a Best Practice Network in the ICT-PSP programme of the European Commission • Project Duration: February 2012 – January 2015 5
  7. 7. Consortium Partners1. Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin 9. University of Salford(project co-ordinator) 10. CCS Content Conversion2. National Library of the Specialists GmbHNetherlands 11. Stichting LIBER3. National Library of Estonia 12. National Library of Latvia4. Österreichische 13. National Library of TurkeyNationalbibliothek 14. University Library of Belgrade5. National Library of Finland 15. University of Innsbruck6. Staats- und 16. Landesbibliothek Dr.Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg Friedrich Tessmann7. Bibliothèque nationale de 17. The British LibraryFrance8. National Library of Poland
  8. 8. Project Structure• Work Package 1: Coordination and Management • Berlin State Library (SBB)• Work Package 2: Refinement of digitised newspapers • National Library of the Netherlands (KB)• Work Package 3: Evaluation and Quality Assessment • University of Salford (USAL)• Work Package 4: Aggregation and presentation of digitised newspapers for Europeana • The European Library (TEL)• Work Package 5: Metadata best practice recommendations • University of Innsbruck (UIBK)• Work Package 6: Dissemination and Exploitation • Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER)
  9. 9. WP 1: Coordination and Management• Project administration • management of all financial and organisational commitments• Financial control• Project communication • provide infrastructure for internal communication• Project quality assurance • monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of results based on defined criteria• Risk management • avoid conflicts inside the Consortium
  10. 10. WP 2: Refinement of digitised newspapers• Analyse and select available digital newspaper collections• Define digitisation requirements and minimum quality of newspapers• Coordinate refinement of selected content provided by libraries• Provide recommendations on best practices for refinement of digitised newspaper collections
  11. 11. WP2: Refinement of digitised newspapers – OCR and OLR• 8 million pages “as is”• 10 million refined pages: OCR (UIBK, Austria)• 2 million refined pages: OCR/OLR (article segmentation) (CCS, Germany) CCS: Column recognition, article segmentation• UIBK enriches the OCR with structural information from their Document Understanding Platform• CCS produces OCR and verification of column recognition, zoning, article segmentation, and page class recognition• CCS provides libraries with a client technology for manual correction of recognition and segmentation results UIBK: Detection of headings, footnotes, etc. Table of contents extraction
  12. 12. WP 2: Refinement – Named Entity Recognition• KB provides named entities recognition (NER) for material from up to three languages (Dutch, English, and German)
  13. 13. WP 3: Evaluation and Quality Assessment• Use scenarios with evaluation profiles, datasets, ground truth, and evaluation tools• Overview of usability, limitations and potential of existing material• Identification of bottlenecks and recommendations for improvements• Evaluation of refinement processes carried out in WP2• Recommendations for best practice in digitisation projects
  14. 14. WP 4: Aggregation and presentation for Europeana• Identification and analysis of public and private digital newspaper collections across Europe• Establish a realistic schedule for aggregation• Creation of a European registry for digitized newspapers• Recommendations how to align newspaper metadata to EDM• Aggregate newspaper metadata from content providers• Creation of a full-text index of newspaper content• Development of a newspaper content browser
  15. 15. WP 4: Aggregation of content• Aggregation of 18 million pages of digitised newspapers to Europeana and to The European Library• Metadata transformation to meet the requirements of the Europeana Data Model (EDM)• Distribution of data to Europeana 15
  16. 16. WP 4: Presentation & Access to full-texts• Within the lifetime of the project, a content browser will be built within TEL portal so that users can …• Search full text, e.g. • by search term, • by named entities • by collections of newspapers • by date ….• See newspaper images• Be linked to relevant library sources• This browser will be built in TEL during the project; and exported to Europeana after the project
  17. 17. WP 5: Metadata best practice recommendations• Analysis of metadata formats in use by libraries• Align metadata models with the METS/ALTO standard and release best practise recommendations• Usability of the recommendation will be tested through an evaluation cycle• Provide recommendations on best practices for refinement of digitized newspaper collections for Europeana
  18. 18. WP 6: Dissemination• Objectives • Establishment of publicity • Increasing usage of Europeana • Awareness raising among target groups• Tasks 1. Media Communication 2. Workshops and conferences • Three main dissemination workshops • National information days • Network extension 3. Exploitation 18
  19. 19. Main communication channelsWWW: @eurnewsFacebook: (or at website - subscribe)Slideshare: 19
  20. 20. Thanks for your attention