Europeana Newspapers is planning to digitize more than 18 million newspaper pages.
The project recently completed its first year of work and a meeting was held at the National Library of France (BNF).
From a Europeana-Newspapers.eu News Review of the First Year:
In the first year, the project had to build up its workflows, technical processes and datasets for refinement of digitized newspapers content, quality assessment, metadata model for aggregation and the presentation of the digitised newspaper content. A dataset for refinement was developed and in addition to that a specification of requirements for OCR and structural refinement services for digitised newspapers in Europeana. Evaluation profiles for use scenarios were developed for quality assessment. A survey was undertaken to identify and analyse all newspaper collections digitized by national, research and public libraries inEuropeby 2012. The different metadata models of libraries currently in use for the digitisation of newspapers are being analysed to design and release a comprehensive meta-data model. This second year the project will continue to build on these achievements and disseminate the results to promote the project and bring more content to Europeana.