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A Gateway to European Newspapers Online (Europeana Newspapers)
Start date: Feb 1, 2012, End date: Mar 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Europeana Newspapers Project (ENP) aims at the aggregation and refinement of newspapers for The European Library and Europeana. In addition, the proposed BPN addresses challenges particularly linked with digitized newspapers:•\tuse of refinement methods for OCR, OLR/article segmentation, named entity recognition (NER), and page class recognition to enhance search and presentation functionalities,•\tquality evaluation for automatic refinement technologies,•\ttransformation of local metadata to the Europeana Data Model (EDM)• metadata standardization in collaboration with stakeholders from the public and private sector.Each library participating 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 Europeana Collections 1914-1918 project. Users will be enabled to easily research important local, national, or European events in a broad European context; something that has so far not been possible. The newspapers will be of as much interest to the general public as to researchers, since the material is understandable without specialized historical knowledge and concerns virtually every European family.The refinement technologies to be applied encompass Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Optical Layout Recognition (OLR)/article segmentation, Named Entity Recognition (NER), and page class recognition. Quality assurance and quality prediction mechanisms will be optimized to monitor and control all refinement steps. Best practice recommendations for newspaper digitisation projects will be provided. Metadata formats will be analysed to define best practice recommendations for the transformation to EDM.ENP will enhance the user experience in Europeana by aggregating about 18 million newspaper pages. A content browser will enable full text search on Europeana/TEL and easy navigation throughout history.

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