Eva Pfanzelter ; Sarah Oberbichler ; Jani Marjanen ; Pierre-Carl Langlais ; Stefan Hechl - Digital interfaces of historical newspapers: opportunities, restrictions and recommendations

jdmdh:6121 - Journal of Data Mining & Digital Humanities, January 11, 2021, HistoInformatics - https://doi.org/10.46298/jdmdh.6121
Digital interfaces of historical newspapers: opportunities, restrictions and recommendations

Authors: Eva Pfanzelter ORCID-iD1; Sarah Oberbichler ORCID-iD1; Jani Marjanen ORCID-iD2; Pierre-Carl Langlais 3; Stefan Hechl 1

  • 1 Leopold Franzens Universität Innsbruck - University of Innsbruck
  • 2 Helsingin yliopisto = Helsingfors universitet = University of Helsinki
  • 3 Groupe de recherches interdisciplinaires sur les processus d’information et de communication

Many libraries offer free access to digitised historical newspapers via user interfaces. After an initial period of search and filter options as the only features, the availability of more advanced tools and the desire for more options among users has ushered in a period of interface development. However, this raises a number of open questions and challenges. For example, how can we provide interfaces for different user groups? What tools should be available on interfaces and how can we avoid too much complexity? What tools are helpful and how can we improve usability? This paper will not provide definite answers to these questions, but it gives an insight into the difficulties, challenges and risks of using interfaces to investigate historical newspapers. More importantly, it provides ideas and recommendations for the improvement of user interfaces and digital tools.

Volume: HistoInformatics
Section: HistoInformatics
Published on: January 11, 2021
Accepted on: September 11, 2020
Submitted on: February 19, 2020
Keywords: digital humanities,frequencies,topic modelling,historical newspapers,interfaces,digital newspapers,[SHS.HIST]Humanities and Social Sciences/History,[INFO.INFO-DL]Computer Science [cs]/Digital Libraries [cs.DL],[INFO.INFO-LG]Computer Science [cs]/Machine Learning [cs.LG],[SHS]Humanities and Social Sciences,[SHS.STAT]Humanities and Social Sciences/Methods and statistics
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  • NewsEye: A Digital Investigator for Historical Newspapers; Funder: European Commission; Code: 770299

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