Conference Proceeding: Improving Research Outcomes through Digitization of Jewish Historical Newspapers

This presentation will address how careful digitization of Jewish historical newspapers can influence and inform new forms and fields of research. Front-page headlines, classified advertisements, marriage and death announcements, comic strips, reviews, display advertising, editorials, birth notices, photographs, and many other article types can – when digitized and indexed carefully – be used to help today’s researchers not only access this important primary source material, but crucially also understand the context in which it was written and consumed. Using examples from ProQuest’s Jewish historical newspapers collection, Mr. Baltakov will look at examples of family and scholarly research made possible through this scale of digitization project – as well the next generation of research made possible through use of the latest text and data mining techniques. 

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