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NewsEye: A Digital Investigator for Historical Newspapers

Objective

Newspapers collect information about cultural, political and social events in a more detailed way than any other public record. Since their beginnings in the 17th century they are recording billions of events, stories and names, in almost every language, every country and every day. Newspapers were always an important medium for the dissemination of public and political opinions, literary works, essays and art. This thematic wealth sets them at the center stage for anyone interested in European cultural heritage.

In the last decades, tens of millions of newspaper pages from European libraries have been digitized and made available online, while national libraries will intensify their digitization efforts in the coming years. There is large demand for access to historical newspapers. At this very moment, probably thousands of European citizens are accessing digitized versions of historical newspapers utilizing digital library services. Whilst the broad public shows general interest in this historical and cultural resource, it is of crucial importance for many humanities scholars.

The NewsEye project involves national libraries, humanities and social science research groups and computer science research groups. It addresses a number of challenges, which will result in significant scientific advances, in several directions:
* in text recognition, text analysis, natural language processing, computational creativity and natural language generation, with regard to historical newspapers but also more universally,
* in digital newspaper research, addressing a number of editorial issues like OCR and article separation,
* in digital humanities, in respect to huge amounts of text material, availability of useful tools and possibilities of searching and browsing,
* in history, in terms of analyzing historical assets with new methods across different language corpora.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence/computational creativity
  • /humanities
  • /humanities/languages and literature/literary genres/essay
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/natural language processing
  • /social sciences
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /humanities/history and archaeology/history
  • /humanities/languages and literature/languages - general

Call for proposal

H2020-SC6-CULT-COOP-2017-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

LA ROCHELLE UNIVERSITE
Address
Avenue Albert-einstein 23
17031 La Rochelle
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 739 750

Participants (7)

OSTERREICHISCHE NATIONALBIBLIOTHEK
Austria
EU contribution
€ 169 883,75
Address
Josefsplatz 1
1015 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 896 032,50
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK
Austria
EU contribution
€ 425 000
Address
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BIBLIOTHEQUE NATIONALE DE FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 129 375
Address
Quai Francois Mauriac 11
75013 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITAET ROSTOCK
Germany
EU contribution
€ 406 023,75
Address
Universitatsplatz 1
18055 Rostock
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE PAUL-VALERY MONTPELLIER3
France
EU contribution
€ 129 375
Address
Route De Mende
34199 Montpellier Cedex 5
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 103 125
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments