The Staatsbibliothek Berlin together with 16 partner institutions in Europe has started an exciting new project: over the next three years, Europeana Newspapers will digitize 18 million newspaper pages from the archives of all participating libraries.
‘A group of 17 European partner institutions have joined forces in the “Europeana Newspapers” project and will, over the next 3 years, provide more than 18 million newspaper pages to the EUROPEANA service.
The Europeana Newspapers project 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.’