May 17, 2022

An Introduction to the impresso Project (Media Monitoring and Exploring 200 Years of Newspapers)

From a Europeana Pro Blog Post by Beth Daley:

With the launch this week of the Europeana Newspapers thematic collection, Dr Matteo Romanello, winner of a Europeana Research Grant in 2018, tells us about impresso – a new project exploring ways to use digitised newspaper data for research.

Hi Matteo! Can You Tell Us About The Impresso Project?

Matteo: Impresso (literally ‘what has been printed’) is a collaborative and interdisciplinary research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation under the Sinergia funding scheme. [Our emphasis] The project’s aim is to create a technological framework to extract, process, link, and explore data from print media archives on a large scale. 

The project involves computational linguists, digital humanists, designers, historians, librarians and archivists, who are tackling the challenge of how to enrich, represent, visualise and analyse a large corpus of historical digitised newspapers for research purposes. Partners in this project are EPFL’s DHLAB, the Luxembourg Center for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) and the Institute of Computational Linguistics at the University of Zurich. The interdisciplinary nature of impresso is reflected also in the principle of co-design that we apply throughout the project. What it means in practice is that the data we create and the tools for working with digitised newspapers that we are developing are shaped by a constant dialogue between historians, designers, computational linguists and digital humanists.

Read the Complete Interview (about 1500 words)

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Direct to impresso (Beta Release)

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