Our blog posts expand on elements of the Atlas, including selection decisions, lessons learned from our archival partners, and some of the ontological issues we found when working with digitised newspaper metadata.

Ascertaining Authorship

Although The Waterloo Directory offers a valuable index of names, it is striking that there has been, arguably, greater interest in identifying individual authorship in Victorian periodicals than in newspapers. This is evident in the scope of leading projects like The Wellesley Index, which identifies authors across forty-five Victorian periodicals,... [Read More]

Exploring the Atlas of Digitised Newspapers

Are you an archivist or librarian in the GLAM sector interested in how large national collections are structured, or a software engineer developing new ways of working with largescale collections and big data? Are you a researcher working with digitised newspapers? [Read More]

Read All About It — Designing a Front Page

The face of the newspaper has changed substantially over time, and also varies widely between publications. We take for granted that modern newspapers have image-laden spreads on the front cover, including attention-grabbing headlines with a particular kind of truncated grammar. Although tabloid newspapers are often parodied for the tone and... [Read More]

Wrong Hierarchies; or, Appreciating the Value of Non-Authoritative Metadata for Digitised Newspaper Collections

In our last, we discussed the possibilities and initial efforts made by librarians and other collection holders to provide access, and in some cases even integrate, existing newspaper indices into digitised newspaper collections. These historical ontologies—systems of categorisation and structures of knowledge—were constructed by individuals who maintained a certain claim... [Read More]