Using data from historic newspapers

"This post is derived from a talk David Brunton, current Chief of Repository Development at the Library of Congress, gave to a group of librarians in 2015."

Using the Chronicling America API as an example, he argues that "researchers are, in general, subject to at least three constraints that make simplification of APIs a priority:

Wisconsin Content Now Available on Chronicling America

Badger Bulletin

The Wisconsin Historical Society is pleased to announce that the first batch of Wisconsin newspapers are now available on the Library of Congress historic newspaper site Chronicling America. Currently available is the Wood County Reporter of Grand Rapids, 1858-02-17 to  1890-03-13 with more of this title to come shortly.

Wisconsin Welcomes New National Digital Newspaper Program Staff

Badger Bulletin

The Wisconsin Historical Society is pleased to welcome Randi Ramsden as Project Assistant to the National Digital Newspaper Program.  Randi recently graduated from Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, were she earned an MA in American Studies; her thesis "A real poor folks’ movement”? – A Critical Analysis of the White Community Project in the Freedom Summer (1964) utilized collections at WHS.

Rutgers University Libraries Receives Grant to Digitize Important Historical New Jersey Newspapers

New Jersey will become part of the Chronicling America digitized newspapers project hosted by the Library of Congress, thanks to Rutgers University, the NJ State Library and the NJ State Archives

Target for initial batch being "live" is October of 2017. See the press release from Rugters for more information.

"News in Proportion": mapping Chronicling America results

Announcing a new information visualization tool: http://esperr.github.io/newsinproportion/

News in Proportion takes a search of the Chronicling America newspaper database and maps those results by state in order to highlight regional variations. The innovation in this case is that one's search is mapped proportionally – not only raw counts, but also how those counts compare to the number of pages digitized for each state (which, unsuprisingly, vary a great deal).

Wisconsin National Digital Newspaper Program Update

NDNP is moving forward! We’ve finalized a contract with Digital Divide Data (DDD) to complete the digitization and metadata work for our titles this grant cycle. DDD practices a model they’ve coined “Impact Sourcing”. What this means is DDD partners with Creekside Digital in Glen Arm, Maryland to complete scanning and OCR of the microfilm, but metadata work is completed in DDD facilities in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Our microfilm will never leave the US. Here’s a bit about DDD’s Impact Sourcing from their bid:

Wisconsin Joins the National Digital Newspaper Program

The Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS), located in Madison, Wisconsin, is pleased to be a 2015 recipient of the National Digital Newspaper Program. This grant, awarded through by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, provides funding to states to digitize approximately 100,000 pages of microfilmed newspapers to be added to the Chronicling America website.

Connecticut State Library Announces Next Set of Newspaper Titles to be Digitized

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

Contact: Gail Hurley

(860 704-2222)

Gail.Hurley@ct.gov

 

Date: January 25, 2016

 

The Connecticut State Library is pleased to announce that it has chosen three newspaper titles to be digitized as a result of an additional award for $250,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue digitizing historically significant Connecticut newspapers through the National Digital Newspaper Program.

 

NEH announces Chronicling America Data Challenge

NEH news release from October 28, 2015:

"The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today launched a nationwide contest, challenging members of the public to produce creative web-based projects using data pulled from Chronicling America, the digital repository of historic U.S. newspapers."

The submission date is June 15, 2016.

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