Australian Newspapers
       Digitisation Program

          Overview of Progress
      March 2007 – November 2008
and the...
Objectives
 Increase access to Australian newspapers 

 Build a national service that will provide free online 
 access fr...
Website:   http://www.nla.gov.au/ndp   3
National Content
                                             Northern
                                             Territ...
Coverage 1803 ‐ 1954




                   5
State Newspaper Titles




                   6
$1 Million Grant from the Vincent Fairfax Family 
Foundation to digitise The Sydney Morning Herald to 1954




           ...
Progress November 2008…
 1.5 million newspaper pages digitised from microfilm 

 Pilot phase completed – Optical Character...
The Process
Microfilm converted to digital images




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Check images on reels




                  10
Quality Assurance on each page




                                 11
Page 
sequence

Metadata 
creation

Missing
page 
targets

            12
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) of pages and article zoning




                                                      ...
OCR In India




               14
Accessing the Newspapers
Beta service now available
Contains 360,000 pages
Open for public use and feedback
Screenshots fo...
Home page   16
Search results   17
Page view   18
Article View   19
Correct OCR   20
21
Add tags to articles   22
Tag cloud
            23
Add note/comment to article   24
Title information and browse   25
Title list   26
Feedback   27
Website:   http://www.nla.gov.au/ndp   28
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Australian Newspapers service Progress And Search And Delivery System Nov 2008

  1. 1. Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program Overview of Progress March 2007 – November 2008 and the public search and delivery system Rose Holley – Manager ANDP 5 November 2008, National Library of Australia Presentation to the National Library of Indonesia Delegation. 1
  2. 2. Objectives Increase access to Australian newspapers  Build a national service that will provide free online  access from the first Australian newspaper published  in 1803 through to the end of 1954  Key Features of the service Online access Freely available Full text searchable 2
  3. 3. Website: http://www.nla.gov.au/ndp 3
  4. 4. National Content Northern Territory Initial focus on  Times major titles from  each state and  territory Courier Mail Anticipate that  ‘regional’ titles may  be contributed later West Australian Sydney Morning Herald Sydney Gazette Advertiser Canberra Times Coverage: published  between 1803 – 1954 Argus (out of copyright) Mercury 4
  5. 5. Coverage 1803 ‐ 1954 5
  6. 6. State Newspaper Titles 6
  7. 7. $1 Million Grant from the Vincent Fairfax Family  Foundation to digitise The Sydney Morning Herald to 1954 7
  8. 8. Progress November 2008… 1.5 million newspaper pages digitised from microfilm  Pilot phase completed – Optical Character Recognition  (OCR) and content analysis of 50,000 pages Prototype search and delivery service developed and  tested with Australian state libraries  Beta search and delivery service available with 360,000  pages (3.5 million articles) 8
  9. 9. The Process Microfilm converted to digital images 9
  10. 10. Check images on reels 10
  11. 11. Quality Assurance on each page 11
  12. 12. Page  sequence Metadata  creation Missing page  targets 12
  13. 13. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) of pages and article zoning 13
  14. 14. OCR In India 14
  15. 15. Accessing the Newspapers Beta service now available Contains 360,000 pages Open for public use and feedback Screenshots follow 15
  16. 16. Home page 16
  17. 17. Search results 17
  18. 18. Page view 18
  19. 19. Article View 19
  20. 20. Correct OCR 20
  21. 21. 21
  22. 22. Add tags to articles 22
  23. 23. Tag cloud 23
  24. 24. Add note/comment to article 24
  25. 25. Title information and browse 25
  26. 26. Title list 26
  27. 27. Feedback 27
  28. 28. Website: http://www.nla.gov.au/ndp 28

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