Argus Index Online: Historical Newspaper Indexing in a Digital Age

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International Newspapers Conference, 22-24 February 2005. Overview. About the projectCreating the indexMaking it available onlineDemonstrationWhat's nextQuestions. International Newspapers Conference, 22-24 February 2005. The problem to be solved. No complete published newspaper index in any form for any major Australian daily newspaper.

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1. International Newspapers Conference, 22-24 February 2005 Argus Index Online: Historical Newspaper Indexing in a Digital Age Geraldine Suter Chief Editor, Argus Index Project Judith Pearce National Library of Australia

2. International Newspapers Conference, 22-24 February 2005

3. International Newspapers Conference, 22-24 February 2005 The problem to be solved No complete published newspaper index in any form for any major Australian daily newspaper

4. International Newspapers Conference, 22-24 February 2005 How we are solving it By producing the first complete index to an Australian National daily covering the second half of the 19th and the first half of the 20th century; and making this available online

5. International Newspapers Conference, 22-24 February 2005 Why the Argus? Quality Coverage of the 19th century Status as a primary historical research source There are indexes for part of its run

6. International Newspapers Conference, 22-24 February 2005 The size of the task 1860-1869 in electronic form but needing review 1870-1879 completed and ready to go online 1880-1908 unindexed Remaining years, in print form only and indexed to a range of standards

7. International Newspapers Conference, 22-24 February 2005 Administration ARC Infrastructure grant Eight partners: La Trobe, Curtin, ANU, Griffith, Melbourne and Monash Universities State Library of Victoria National Library of Australia 35 Readers 4 Indexers

8. International Newspapers Conference, 22-24 February 2005 Design Annual indexes Content and arrangement Scope Controlled vocabulary

9. International Newspapers Conference, 22-24 February 2005 Process Reading Indexing Editing Review

10. International Newspapers Conference, 22-24 February 2005 Making the index available online Aims Challenges Outcomes

11. International Newspapers Conference, 22-24 February 2005

12. International Newspapers Conference, 22-24 February 2005 Demonstration http://www-test.nla.gov.au/apps/argus/ This is the prototype we have built as part of stage 1. It contains test data from the existing 1861, 1862 and 1865 indexes. There are three primary access methods: Browse Index, Browse Headings and Search. Browse Index is the function most like browsing the printed index. Iíll bring up the same entry for Shipping that we saw in the print example. As you can see, it is identical, but there are some differences. These cross references are links that take you to the entry under the referenced heading (select ships) Also, I can move easily between entries for each year (select next year). The Browse Headings function allows me to browse a list of all the headings used across all the years that are available online. (enter Shipping.) The difference between this screen and the Browse Index screen is that it gives me a report of the number of articles indexed under this heading for all the indexed years. Also, I can see the previous and next headings.This is the prototype we have built as part of stage 1. It contains test data from the existing 1861, 1862 and 1865 indexes. There are three primary access methods: Browse Index, Browse Headings and Search. Browse Index is the function most like browsing the printed index. Iíll bring up the same entry for Shipping that we saw in the print example. As you can see, it is identical, but there are some differences. These cross references are links that take you to the entry under the referenced heading (select ships) Also, I can move easily between entries for each year (select next year). The Browse Headings function allows me to browse a list of all the headings used across all the years that are available online. (enter Shipping.) The difference between this screen and the Browse Index screen is that it gives me a report of the number of articles indexed under this heading for all the indexed years. Also, I can see the previous and next headings.

13. International Newspapers Conference, 22-24 February 2005 Whatís next The next decade (1880-1889) The decade after that (1890-1899) Review of 1860-1869 Digitisation of the existing indexes Interoperability Opportunities provided by other projects

14. International Newspapers Conference, 22-24 February 2005 Questions

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