Europeana Newspapers

Newspapers form an important part of library collections and are interesting to a large audience, which is why many libraries are currently digitizing their newspaper material. Despite these efforts, access to these collections is still erratic and often limited to local access points. In addition, the OCR (Optical Character Recognition) results are often unsatisfactory and there are problems with metadata and segmentation.

A group of 18 European partner institutions have joined forces in the project Europeana Newspapersto work on solving these problems at a European level and providing better access to these newspaper collections. More than 10 million newspaper pages will be added to the Europeana service.

Europeana Newspapers is funded by the European Commission as an ICT-PSP project, Best Practice Network. This means that the project will work on the practical application of tools and services developed in other projects, such as several applications that have been developed in IMPACT.

Quality improvement

The project aims at the aggregation and refinement of newspapers for The European Library and Europeana and will address 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.

Europeana Newspapers has run from 2012-2014. The KB National Library of the Netherlands has lead the work package ‘Refinement of digitized newspapers’, while The European Library was responsible for the work package ‘Aggregation and presentation of digitized newspapers for Europeana’. Part of the historic newspaper collection of the KB has also become available in Europeana at article level.

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Project participants

  1. Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (coördinator)
  2. Koninklijke Bibliotheek
  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
  18. Europeana Foundation