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News collections at the
British Library
Luke McKernan
Lead Curator, News and Moving Image
Semantic Media @ British Library
www.bl.uk 2
News at the British Library
www.bl.uk 3
News at the British Library
www.bl.uk 4
Newspapers
 57,000 separate newspaper, journal, and periodical
titles: approximately 100M issues or 750 indiv...
www.bl.uk 5
British Newspaper Archive
http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk
www.bl.uk 6
Television and radio news
 Began recording television and radio news programmes
receivable in the UK in May 2...
www.bl.uk 7
Broadcast News
http://videoserver.bl.uk (onsite only)
www.bl.uk 8
Web news
 Non-print legal deposit legislation introduced in April 2013
means British Library can start harves...
www.bl.uk 9
Available digital content
 Underlying data (XML) for 2M nineteenth century
newspaper pages, including
 Publi...
www.bl.uk 10
How can we bring the different
news media together?
 Searching Speech
 PoliMedia
 Newsmap
 I Wanted to Se...
www.bl.uk 11
Searching Speech
http://britishlibrary.greenbutton.com (onsite only)
www.bl.uk 12
PoliMedia
http://polimedia.nl
www.bl.uk 13
Newsmap
http://newsmap.jp
www.bl.uk 14
I Wanted to See All of the News from Today
http://allnews.greyisgood.eu
www.bl.uk 15
Guardian Data Blog
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/may/16/
bitly-news-map-britain-data
Thank you
luke.mckernan@bl.uk
Semantic Media @ British Library
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News collections at the British Library - Luke McKernan (Semantic Media @ The British Library, 23 September 2013)

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News collections at the British Library - Luke McKernan (Semantic Media @ The British Library, 23 September 2013)

  1. 1. News collections at the British Library Luke McKernan Lead Curator, News and Moving Image Semantic Media @ British Library
  2. 2. www.bl.uk 2 News at the British Library
  3. 3. www.bl.uk 3 News at the British Library
  4. 4. www.bl.uk 4 Newspapers  57,000 separate newspaper, journal, and periodical titles: approximately 100M issues or 750 individual pages, from 16thC to today, on print and microfilm  Occupies 50km shelf space  Current acquisition: 1,934 newspaper and weekly/fortnightly periodical titles  Print copies acquired under legal deposit but will move increasingly towards digital acquisition  Physical access at Newspaper Library, Colindale, closing in November 2013 – new reading room at St Pancras early 2014  Online access to 7M pages via British Newspaper Archive
  5. 5. www.bl.uk 5 British Newspaper Archive http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk
  6. 6. www.bl.uk 6 Television and radio news  Began recording television and radio news programmes receivable in the UK in May 2010  Collection now over 30,000 programmes, of which 25,000 are TV, recorded off-air from 20 channels inc. BBC, Al-Jazeera, Russia Today, CNN, CCTV (China), NHK, Bloomberg, France 24, World Service, LBC  40 hours of TV and 22 hours of radio now captured per day  Born digital archive, including Electronic Programme Guide data and subtitles where available  Access onsite only, owing to copyright restrictions, via Broadcast News service
  7. 7. www.bl.uk 7 Broadcast News http://videoserver.bl.uk (onsite only)
  8. 8. www.bl.uk 8 Web news  Non-print legal deposit legislation introduced in April 2013 means British Library can start harvesting UK websites  First annual crawl will collect 4.5M .uk websites and web pages  Plans to harvest a few hundred UK news websites on daily basis, beginning later this year  Access onsite only at BL and other legal deposit libraries  More information: http://www.bl.uk/aboutus/stratpolprog/digi/webarch/index. html
  9. 9. www.bl.uk 9 Available digital content  Underlying data (XML) for 2M nineteenth century newspaper pages, including  Publication date  Newspaper title  Issue  Uncorrected OCR text  Underlying data (XML) for 30,000 television and radio programmes, including  Transmission date  Programme title  Channel  Subtitles (where available)  Possible use of audio and video content onsite  Web news content not available as yet
  10. 10. www.bl.uk 10 How can we bring the different news media together?  Searching Speech  PoliMedia  Newsmap  I Wanted to See All of the News from Today  Guardian Data Blog
  11. 11. www.bl.uk 11 Searching Speech http://britishlibrary.greenbutton.com (onsite only)
  12. 12. www.bl.uk 12 PoliMedia http://polimedia.nl
  13. 13. www.bl.uk 13 Newsmap http://newsmap.jp
  14. 14. www.bl.uk 14 I Wanted to See All of the News from Today http://allnews.greyisgood.eu
  15. 15. www.bl.uk 15 Guardian Data Blog http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/may/16/ bitly-news-map-britain-data
  16. 16. Thank you luke.mckernan@bl.uk Semantic Media @ British Library

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