Challenges and Solutions in Creating a European Historic newspapers Browser

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As part of the Europeana Newspapers project, an interface is being developed to search over up to 18m pages of historic newspapers digitised by European libraries. This presentation looks at the issues in developing an 'international' interface

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Challenges and Solutions in Creating a European Historic newspapers Browser

  1. 1. Alastair Dunning Europeana Newspapers September 2013 Challenges and Solutions in Creating a European Historic Newspapers Browser
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 6. Complete Newspaper image can be shown Eesti Potimees ehk Naddaleleht , 2 November 1866 (National Library of Estonia)
  7. 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. 8. Fragment of Newspaper image can be shown Dziennik Slaskui, 10 June 1915 (National Library of Poland)
  9. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 19. First Iteration Basic text search Filtering of results by ●date ●country ●newspaper ●language ●library
  20. 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. 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. 22. Newspapers from national libraries of Finland and Austria are available for searching (Sample search terms: Linz, Graz, Salzburg, Turku, Oulu, Tampere) {Site will be made available for testing after the conference} 1. Play with site (it will break) 2. Put post it notes on wall … Landing Page / Search Results Page / Newspaper Page Testing the Site

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