Austria National Library

ONB

The Austrian National Library is the central academic library of the Republic of Austria. With a history dating back to the 14th century, the Austrian National Library, its eight special collections and four museums, hold a significant part of the world’s printed cultural heritage. The library offers access to and professionally competent advice on its own holdings (around 8 million objects) and links to international digital resources and digital library services. The library has a long tradition in the preservation of information and its obligations as an acknowledged Centre of Excellence in digital preservation also include preserving and making accessible large quantities of digital objects which are either the result of digitization projects or deposited in the library. ONB acts as a research and innovation center and has been involved in numerous R&D projects. In this context ONB gathered substantial experience in interaction with researchers, development in large scale data environments and R&D project experience.

With AustriaN Newspapers Online (ANNO) ONB digitizes the majority of its historical newspapers and journals holding. Today nearly 20 M pages have been transformed into digital facsimiles. This material is already available online for viewing and searching to researchers and users. With its extent and temporal as well as geographical spread, it can serve as a perfect basis for quantitative analysis of image and text data in the humanities. As such, it will build the foundation for the material required for the analysis tools in NewsEye.