National Library of Australia builds digital newspaper collection

National Library of Australia offers access to 15-millionth digitised news page through award-winning Trove web site.

NLA builds digital collection of historical news content

NLA builds digital collection of historical news content

The National Library of Australia is making another foray into digitising its historical news content. The 15th million digitised newspaper page is now available online through the award-winning Trove web site.

This digitised page dates back to 1917 and was featured in the local edition of The St George Call. This newspaper was published weekly in Sydney’s Kogarah district from 1914 to 1924.

The online project is part of the NLA’s ambitious Australian Newspaper Digitisation Project. This project kicked off in 2008 together with participation by the peak body, National and State Libraries Australasia.

The first digitised papers went online the following year and then became available through Trove, according to Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, the NLA’s Director-General. “The fact we have just hit 15 million is an outstanding achievement.”

This year, more than 127 million newspaper pages were viewed through the library’s Trove web site. There were more than 11 million views in October alone. Access to the broader digital content is available through the popular Trove web site.

Newspapers are the most popular content in Trove and account for around 80 per cent of total visits. This free online service is accessed by an estimated 22 million people each year.

The NLA is investing heavily in digitising its content and sees a future where 3 petabytes of content can be accessed both online and through mobile devices.

Mapping a digital future

In an earlier interview with IDG Enterprise, Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, the NLA’s assistant director-general for resource sharing, said the library is redeveloping its infrastructure to manage the huge digital collection. This collection provides access to information covering hundreds of libraries across the NLA network.

Among the digital initiatives, the library is expanding its online and mobile services for Australian and international users. More than 70,000 people use the Trove service each day together with the estimated 22 million users annually.

The NLA’s assets include a vast repository of digitised newspapers as well as hundreds of thousands of digitised Australiana items. The library leverages selective and domain harvesting to build its collection.

Selective archiving enables staff to select high-value websites. Domain harvesting collects material, without human intervention, from Internet domains.

Details about the earlier story is available at the Digital future web site.

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