From the Europeana Newspapers Project Blog:
The Europeana Newspapers project is collecting millions of high-resolution images of newspaper pages. The words in 10 million of these pages will be made fully searchable and integrated in an online browsing tool. Making these high-quality images available to researchers is far from straightforward.
The European Library is the project partner responsible for developing our historic newspapers browser. One of the biggest challenges they have faced while building this browser is the storage of extremely large files containing digitised newspaper images.
The prototype of the Europeana Newspapers tool is now available on The European Library homepage. From there, the user can search for specific historic newspaper titles and browse by various criteria such as issue date or country.
Please note that the tool will be user tested in April to assess functionality, report bugs and map the way forward in terms of the tool’s technical requirements. A beta version with improved functionality will be released later this year.
Direct to Browsing Tool (Prototype)