A Gateway to European Newspapers

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A Gateway to European Newspapers
A Gateway to European Newspapers

The National Library of Latvia and 16 other European partner institutions have joined forces in the "European Newspapers" project and will, over the next 3 years, provide more than 10 million newspaper pages to the EUROPEANA service. In addition National Digital Library of Latvia will increase a number of digitized Latvian newspapers (www.periodika.lv) for almost a half million pages.

The European Newspapers project (funded under EC's CIP 2007 - 2013) aims at the aggregation and refinement of newspapers for The European Library and Europeana. In addition, the project addresses challenges particularly linked with digitized newspapers:

  • use of refinement methods for OCR, OLR/article segmentation, and named entity recognition (NER), and page class recognition to enhance search and presentation functionalities for Europeana customers,
  • quality evaluation for automatic refinement technologies,
  • transformation of local metadata to the Europeana Data Model (EDM)
  • metadata standardization in close collaboration with stakeholders from the public and private sector.

Each library participating in the project will distribute digitized newspapers and full-texts free of any legal restrictions to Europeana. There will be a special focus on newspapers published during the First World War, thus providing a meaningful addition to the resources aggregated by the current Europeana Collections 1914-1918 project.

The project has started on 1st February 2012. The kick-off meeting of all partners of the project will take place on 1st - 2nd March 2012 in Berlin, hosted by the project leader - The Berlin State Library.

LIBER Europe, as one of the project partners, will be responsible for the implementation of WP6 - Dissemination and Exploitation.

Project partners:

  1. Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (project leader)
  2. National Library of the Netherlands
  3. National Library of Estonia
  4. Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
  5. National Library of Finland
  6. Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg
  7. Bibliothèque nationale de France
  8. National Library of Poland
  9. University of Salford
  10. CCS Content Conversion Specialists GmbH
  11. Stichting LIBER
  12. National Library of Latvia
  13. National Library of Turkey
  14. University Library of Belgrade
  15. University of Innsbruck
  16. Landesbibliothek Dr. Friedrich Tessmann
  17. The British Library