A Gateway to European Newspapers Online: Building Common History and Identity Around Digital Materials
Vesna Vuksan, University of Belgrade - University Library "Svetozar Markovic", Serbia
Adam Sofronijevic, University of Belgrade - University Library "Svetozar Markovic", Serbia
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A Gateway to European Newspapers Online project is a CIP ICT-PSP project funded by European Commission which aims at bringing newspapers into Europeana. Seventeen partnering institutions, including some of the oldest and most famed libraries of the continent will be aggregating newspaper content for Europeana. Over 10 million newspaper pages will be added over the period of three years making Europeana truly a comprehensive source of shared European history and identity. The project started on February 1st 2012 and by 2015 usage of advanced technologies including OCR, OLR/article segmentation, and NER – named entity recognition will yield millions of full text pages for the European portal of digital objects. The project will also add to developing of Europeana data model – EDM, standardization of metadata on newspapers and will be providing general guidelines for further digitization projects of newspaper materials. Digital editions of newspapers published during the First World War will provide important addition for EU-funded project Europeana 1914–1918 that started on May 1st 2011. Contemplating reuse of digital objects is an important issue for all future digitization projects and A Gateway to European Newspapers Online project sets a shining example in this area.
University library ‘’Svetozar Markovic’’ is a partner in A Gateway to European Newspapers Online project that will be involved in all segments of the project. As a data provider University library will add 380.000 pages of newspapers published in Serbia before 1941. Librarians from Belgrade will participate in developing EDM and finding new ways to make Europeana content more usable and more used. By using advantages of high end technologies available in the project University library aims at creating beautiful and innovative digital objects that will catch eye and attention of users and bring back into focus the quality historical content.
Author's professional CV
Vesna Vuksan works at the University of Belgrade, University Library, Department of Development and System Administration, Digitization and Cultural Activities. She holds MA degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Belgrade. She’s been with the University Library since the beginning of 2012, and prior to that she worked at the Belgrade City Library for nine years. Ms. Vuksan participated in IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program in 2009 and has held presentations at several international conferences (IFLA WLIC 2011 and 2008, LIDA 2012, IFLA MetLib conference 2010 and 2011, OCLC 2009, Sofia 2008, etc.). She is a member of the Governing Board of Serbian Library Association, co-founder of LIS Alumni Association in Serbia, and author of papers on library and web environment, human resources, public relations, perception of libraries and many more. Her work has been focused on education of librarians, EU and other projects dealing with the development of libraries, international cooperation, changes, advocacy, strategic planning, development and evaluation of services and staff performance.
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