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Newspaper Navigator: Reimagining Digitized Newspapers with Machine Learning

Ben Lee, 2020 Innovator-in-Residence at the Library of Congress

May 15, 2020 · 11:30 am · via Zoom

Princeton University Library; The Center for Digital Humanities

The 16-million digitized, historic newspaper pages within Chronicling America, a joint initiative by the Library of Congress and the NEH, represent an incredibly rich resource for a wide range of users. Historians, journalists, genealogists, students, and members of the American public explore the collection regularly via keyword search. But how do we navigate the abundant visual content? Newspaper Navigator is a project in collaboration with Library of Congress Labs, the National Digital Newspaper Program, and Professor Daniel Weld, at the University of Washington.

In this talk, Ben Lee shares this progress with Newspaper Navigator, including running the visual content recognition pipeline at scale. He will also discuss how this project, including the resulting datasets and search interface, can contribute to both computer science research and research within digital humanities.

Read more about the Newspaper Navigator project.

This event is part of the 2019-20 Collections as Data Discussion Series.

To register for this event, visit the event listing on the PUL website.

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