Why aggregate European Historic Newspapers

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A short presentation, using the example of the Sinking of the Titanic, on what can be gained from comparing different historical newspapers

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Why aggregate European Historic Newspapers

  1. 1. Europeana Newspapers 17 September 2013 – Amsterdam – Morning Edition Published by Alastair Dunning, The European Library
  2. 2. On 15th April 1912, the passenger ship Titanic, carrying over 2000 passengers and crew, crashed into an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York
  3. 3. Responses to the Titanic Disaster
  4. 4. Responses to the Titanic Disaster
  5. 5. Responses to the Titanic Disaster
  6. 6. Responses to the Titanic Disaster
  7. 7. Responses to the Titanic Disaster
  8. 8. News travels at different speeds, with importance that diminishes at different rates. This is true now as is was in 1912. (though the web changes things …)
  9. 9. The Europeana Newspapers project is making this kind of investigation easier, in several ways
  10. 10. 1. By creating full text for 8m pages
  11. 11. 2. By undertaking article segmentation for 2m pages
  12. 12. 3. By undertaking named entity extraction for 2m pages
  13. 13. 4. By developing a cross- searchable newspapers browser at The European Library (with metadata forwarded to Europeana)
  14. 14. Blue– Providing Content Yellow –Providing Technical Services Green – Associate Partners Europeana Newspapers - Partners https://maps.google.nl/maps/ms?msid=217164746645697066594.0004c3d764fcb71ed2314&msa=0&ll=52.589701,11.777344&spn=42.275511,114.169922
  15. 15. Timetable for rest of project Now - Test version of interface shared with project yesterday Throughout 2014 - Ongoing creation of OCR, and other related technical work (OLR, Named Entities) Throughout 2014 – Live version of website improved / usability testing Late 2014 - Final project conference Late 2014 - Newspaper browser completed with content and tools from project More information at http://www.europeana-newspapers.eu/

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