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The NewsEye Case Studies: A first dig into the library newspaper corpora

The NewsEye project focuses on its users and effective dissemination towards user groups use cases in digital humanities. Following the Vienna workshop on use cases and case studies in July this year, our team of Humanities researchers now have the first results of their case studies. The teams (Innsbruck, Helsinki, La Rochelle, Vienna and Montpellier Universities) look at case studies of historically relevant topics using existing or new methods, functions, and tools and thus test, evaluate and demonstrate the search and browse possibilities of these tools within the five main topics: migration, nationalism and revolutions, gender and media, journalism, and ‘newspapers as a space for change and stabilityand the intricate relationship between press, politics & society’.

In this first phase of the project, only existing tools and platforms will be tested. In the blog post below, Sarah Oberbichler, a historian researching migration at the University of Innsbruck, demonstrates with her chosen sub-topic ‘Return Migration between 1850 and 1950’ how she works through the vast material of the digitised Austrian newspaper collection of the Austrian National Library, ‘ANNO’. In addition, Jani Marjanen, researcher at the University of Helsinki, shows results regarding ‘return migration’ from the newspaper collection ‘DIGI’ of the National Library of Finland. Both tested the existing tools, while Sarah Oberbichler introduces necessary additional tools and methods for a reasonable and useful search and describes background information, research questions, as well as expected results.

Click here to read the full case study.