The Challenges of Hosting Digitised Newspaper Images & Newspaper Browsing Tool Prototype
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.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.