Using Digital Technologies to unlock history for researchers. Rose Holley – Manager Newspaper Digitisation Program Austral...
Status of the Program <ul><li>November 2006 Minister for Arts and Sports approval </li></ul><ul><li>Budget approval -$8 mi...
Process in brief <ul><li>National sourcing of selected newspaper microfilm masters.  </li></ul><ul><li>Masters scanned by ...
Content and Coverage <ul><li>National Content </li></ul><ul><li>Initially a title from each state </li></ul><ul><li>Focus ...
First Newspaper <ul><li>First page of first Australian newspaper ever published </li></ul><ul><li>The Sydney Gazette and N...
Through 150 years <ul><li>Up to 1954 (when Copyright applies), and later if agreement with publishers. </li></ul><ul><li>T...
Progress <ul><li>IT Infrastructure implemented and software developed (NLA) </li></ul><ul><li>Pilot phase ongoing: digitis...
Digital Newspaper Searching <ul><li>Newspapers full text searchable </li></ul><ul><li>Image captions searchable </li></ul>...
Browsing and Viewing <ul><li>Browse papers page by page </li></ul><ul><li>Zoom in and out of image  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>...
Zoom technology
Refine search by categories <ul><li>News </li></ul><ul><li>Advertising </li></ul><ul><li>Birth Death Marriage notices </li...
Search Illustrations <ul><li>Categorised as: </li></ul><ul><li>Photo </li></ul><ul><li>Cartoon </li></ul><ul><li>Map </li>...
Other features <ul><li>Possibilities under consideration: </li></ul><ul><li>OCR correction by users </li></ul><ul><li>Pers...
Relationship - ANPLAN <ul><li>Website: http://www.nla.gov.au/anplan/ </li></ul>
National Help <ul><li>NLA working with State and Territory Libraries as part of ANPLAN.  </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries sugge...
Keep Up to Date with Progress <ul><li>Website: http://www.nla.gov.au/ndp/ </li></ul>
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The Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program: Using Digital Technologies to unlock history for researchers. 2007

  1. 1. Using Digital Technologies to unlock history for researchers. Rose Holley – Manager Newspaper Digitisation Program Australian Academy of the Humanities Symposium: Humanities Futures 16 November 2007, Griffith University, Brisbane
  2. 2. Status of the Program <ul><li>November 2006 Minister for Arts and Sports approval </li></ul><ul><li>Budget approval -$8 million for 3 million pages over 4 years </li></ul><ul><li>Signed contracts with digitisation suppliers </li></ul><ul><li>April 2007 program pilot phase commences </li></ul>
  3. 3. Process in brief <ul><li>National sourcing of selected newspaper microfilm masters. </li></ul><ul><li>Masters scanned by W & F Pascoe, Sydney to tiff files. </li></ul><ul><li>NLA perform quality assurance, add metadata. </li></ul><ul><li>Apex Publishing, India process tiff files - OCR, zoning, xml markup. </li></ul><ul><li>NLA QA files, ingest to system, create derivatives for delivery. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Content and Coverage <ul><li>National Content </li></ul><ul><li>Initially a title from each state </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on major titles from each state first </li></ul><ul><li>Anticipated that ‘regional’ titles may be contributed later </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage: published between 1803 – 1954 </li></ul><ul><li>(out of copyright) </li></ul>West Australian Northern Territory Times Courier Mail Advertiser Sydney Gazette Argus Mercury Canberra Times
  5. 5. First Newspaper <ul><li>First page of first Australian newspaper ever published </li></ul><ul><li>The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser </li></ul><ul><li>Saturday March 5 1803 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Through 150 years <ul><li>Up to 1954 (when Copyright applies), and later if agreement with publishers. </li></ul><ul><li>The Argus 22 August 1945 </li></ul>
  7. 7. Progress <ul><li>IT Infrastructure implemented and software developed (NLA) </li></ul><ul><li>Pilot phase ongoing: digitisation of newspapers and conversion into full text (Contractors) </li></ul><ul><li>Development of search and delivery system (NLA) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Digital Newspaper Searching <ul><li>Newspapers full text searchable </li></ul><ul><li>Image captions searchable </li></ul><ul><li>Search across multiple papers e.g. by persons name. </li></ul><ul><li>Refine searching by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newspaper title </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State published </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Browsing and Viewing <ul><li>Browse papers page by page </li></ul><ul><li>Zoom in and out of image </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to read small text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to view context of article within page layout </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Print article or entire page or issue </li></ul>
  10. 10. Zoom technology
  11. 11. Refine search by categories <ul><li>News </li></ul><ul><li>Advertising </li></ul><ul><li>Birth Death Marriage notices </li></ul><ul><li>Obituaries </li></ul><ul><li>Editorial commentary and letters </li></ul><ul><li>Shipping News </li></ul><ul><li>Arts and leisure </li></ul><ul><li>Detailed lists, results, guides </li></ul>
  12. 12. Search Illustrations <ul><li>Categorised as: </li></ul><ul><li>Photo </li></ul><ul><li>Cartoon </li></ul><ul><li>Map </li></ul><ul><li>Graph </li></ul><ul><li>Illustration </li></ul><ul><li>Captions searchable </li></ul>Canberra Times 26 July 1928 page 6
  13. 13. Other features <ul><li>Possibilities under consideration: </li></ul><ul><li>OCR correction by users </li></ul><ul><li>Personal annotation of articles by users </li></ul><ul><li>Tagging results </li></ul><ul><li>Clustering results </li></ul><ul><li>Searching across other relevant resources (paid subscription services, international resources, other digital resources) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Relationship - ANPLAN <ul><li>Website: http://www.nla.gov.au/anplan/ </li></ul>
  15. 15. National Help <ul><li>NLA working with State and Territory Libraries as part of ANPLAN. </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries suggest titles and dates and provide microfilm for digitising. </li></ul><ul><li>ANPLAN members and other stakeholders will provide feedback on the search and delivery prototype. </li></ul><ul><li>Developing model for national contribution of regional newspapers. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Keep Up to Date with Progress <ul><li>Website: http://www.nla.gov.au/ndp/ </li></ul>
  17. 17. Questions ??

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