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

Since the 20th Century, millions of digitized newspaper pages are available online and can be accessed individually, but their number makes the amount of information overwhelming and impossible to analyse for readers.

NewsEye, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, is a research project advancing the state of the art and introducing new concepts, methods and tools for digital humanities by providing enhanced access to historical newspapers for a wide range of users. With the tools and methods created by Newseye, crucial user groups will be able to investigate views and perspectives on historical events and development and, as a consequence, the project will change the way European digital heritage data is (re)searched, accessed, used and analysed.