[Oa-italia] Fwd: [IFLA-L] 1.5 million pages of digital newspapers

Mauro Guerrini guerrini.mauro a fastwebnet.it
Gio 17 Feb 2011 19:37:55 CET

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Saluti, Mauro Guerrini



1.5 million pages of digital newspapers in the reading rooms of the 
German National Library

More than 1.5 million pages of digital newspapers can be accessed in the 
reading rooms of the German National Library. Approximately 36,500 
issues of German e-Papers can be read at the designated work stations in 
Leipzig and Frankfurt am Main, the locations of the German National 
Library. And the numbers are growing: the Library collects the daily 
editions of roughly 300 e-Papers. From Monday to Saturday approximately 
1,800 new editions are received by the Library; these are supplemented 
by the weekly editions of 16 Sunday newspapers.

Newspaper publishers are increasingly producing not only printed 
editions but also digital versions of the same content featuring the 
same layout - so-called e-Papers - for their subscribers to access via 
the Internet. The collection of e-Papers has significantly improved the 
range which can be accessed by users in Leipzig and Frankfurt am Main: 
they can now make searches of individual editions of e-papers or access 
them directly at the click of a mouse from the catalogue. The digital 
editions are available for use in the reading rooms just one week after 
publication. This is a significant improvement on the previous provision 
of newspapers on microfilm which required three to four months 
processing time. It is not possible tooffer the service to external 
users for copyright reasons. Nor is it possible for users to save an 
e-Paper, or parts of it, in digital form and take it home - also for 
copyright reasons.

The German National Library has developed an automatic process in 
conjunction with a service provider, iSquare GmbH, in Berlin in order to 
cope with the large amounts of data. This is used to harvest the 
e-Papers from the publishers' servers and to convert them into a 
standardised format. The format PDF/A-1b has been selected for this 
purpose in order to create optimum conditions for long-term 
preservation. The German National Library then ingests the data into its 
systems, stores the data on its archive server and records it 
automatically in its catalogue so that it is then available in the 
reading room.

Contact: Kathrin Ansorge,_k.ansorge a dnb.de_<mailto:k.ansorge a dnb.de>

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Susanne Oehlschläger
Office for LibraryStandards
Deutsche Nationalbibliothek
Adickesallee 1
D-60322 Frankfurt am Main
Telefon: +49-69-1525-1063
Telefax: +49-69-1525-1010
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