Found ! Researchers wanting to use Historic Newspapers

16 April 2015 Comment

A while back we put out a call for researchers to work with the Europeana Newspaper corpus.

The call was hugely successful, demonstrating both the popularity of historic newspapers and the potential for exploiting that data in new ways.

Around 40 separate research projects got in touch and suggested different research questions and methodologies they would like to explore in greater depth

Below are examples of the 20 or so ideas that we felt we could work with

- analysing how photographs are used in newspapers over time
- exploring how the same text is copied, modified and reprinted in different geographic areas
- looking at how child assault and child abuse were reported
- how is happiness and social well being are represented in newspapers

Happiness and Social Well Being ? From Kikerki, 18 July, 1862, National Library of Austria, Public Domain

About half of the 40 groups suggesting ideas has been invited to attend a workshop to be held in Amsterdam in May. It will be led by Erik Duval from KU Leuven, as part of his role as Work Package 3 leader in the Europeana Cloud project. NIOD and DANS (both parts of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) are also contributing.

The workshop will help understanding of the precise workflows and methodologies the research teams want to use, and shape the kind of tools that are built. It will also help define how we make the data available for re-use.