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 () for almost a half million pages.
The European Newspapers project (funded under EC's) aims at the aggregation and refinement of newspapers for and . 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 currentproject.
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 -.
LIBER Europe, as one of the project partners, will be responsible for the implementation of WP6 - Dissemination and Exploitation.
- Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (project leader)
- National Library of the Netherlands
- National Library of Estonia
- Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
- National Library of Finland
- Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg
- Bibliothèque nationale de France
- National Library of Poland
- University of Salford
- CCS Content Conversion Specialists GmbH
- Stichting LIBER
- National Library of Latvia
- National Library of Turkey
- University Library of Belgrade
- University of Innsbruck
- Landesbibliothek Dr. Friedrich Tessmann
- The British Library